Description : NHS Dumfries and Galloway are looking to appoint a new Acute Medicine Consultant, based in the Combined Assessment Unit (CAU) in the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI), a 347 bed district general hospital in the University town of Dumfries, serving a population of 148,000.
In 2017 the service transferred to the new purpose built District General Hospital on the outskirts of Dumfries.
The post holder will work closely with the 3 existing Acute Medicine Consultants to provide senior presence and clinical leadership within the CAU, and will join a team of Consultant Physicians providing services in Acute / General Medicine at DGRI.
The post holder will contribute to the management of the CAU and work to develop changes in practice to improve the quality of patient care or facilitate early discharge.
They will contribute to clinical governance and audit within the Unit, and will provide teaching and supervision of nursing staff, junior medical staff and medical students.
There will be an opportunity to maintain an existing specialty interest or Acute Medicine Special Skill, subject to negotiation and local service needs.
The post holder will also provide a key leadership role for the clinical services represented within the CAU. This will entail working with lead nurses and AHPs to develop protocols and care pathways.
Participation in initiatives to improve clinical effectiveness and maximise the use of hospital facilities will be an important part of the job, and there will be opportunities to develop new initiatives to improve patient care.
The post holder will be expected to participate in the delivery of educational programmes for medical and nursing staff within the CAU.
Within the CAU the post holder will work alongside surgical colleagues in the Combined Assessment Unit which accommodates medical and surgical patients undergoing initial assessment.
The Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) is clinically managed by the surgical team.
The appointment will be on a whole-time basis under the terms of the new consultant contract. The job plan, which will be subject to review, will contain 9+1 programmed activities, including one allocated to supporting professional activities (SPAs).
Additional SPAs may be incorporated into the job plan, depending on the time required to support the successful candidate's professional activities and the needs of the service.