SURGEON WITH INTEREST IN
CLOSING DATE: 21ST OCTOBER 2011
POST: CONSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON WITH INTEREST IN SPINAL
BASE: WESTERN INFIRMARY
The opportunity has arisen within Greater Glasgow and Clyde for a substantive Consultant
Orthopaedic Surgeon with an interest in spinal surgery.
You will be expected to cover the full range of spinal workload that the health board area
demands. At present there are spinal surgeons based in the Western Infirmary, Glasgow
Royal Infirmary and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. This post is part of an expansion of the
spinal service in order to meet high levels of demand. While primarily based at the Western
Infirmary, this spinal service will cover the entire board area and may require clinical
sessions on other hospital sites.
Applicants must have full registration with the General Medical Council and a licence to
Practice. Those trained in the UK should have evidence of higher specialist training leading
to CCT or eligibility for specialist registration (CESR) or be within 6 months of confirmed
entry from date of Interview.
NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE
SURGERY & ANAESTHETICS DIRECTORATE
WESTERN INFIRMARY, GLASGOW
CONSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON
WITH AN INTEREST IN SPINAL SURGERY
1. Brief Description of the Acute Services Division of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
The Acute Division of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the largest group of adult acute
hospitals in Scotland. We provide a wide range of services from community-based care through
to the full range of general hospital services.
There is a significant amount of complex surgical work carried out, as we are home to a
number of the country’s tertiary and national services. Glasgow is also home to the world
famous Beatson oncology centre.
We enjoy close links with Glasgow’s three universities and make a significant contribution to
teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Research also has a high profile within
the organisation. Excellent facilities for students and their tutors are provided in the brand new,
£15 million, state of the art, Wolfson Medical School, based at Glasgow University adjacent to
the Western Infirmary site.
Employing more than 14,300 staff, we serve a core catchment population of 560,000. Our
patients not only come from Greater Glasgow and Clyde but also, in some instances, from the
whole of the West of Scotland and for our national services, from the whole of Scotland.
We have eight hospitals north of the River Clyde, all with teaching responsibilities: Glasgow
Royal Infirmary (including Princess Royal Maternity Hospital), Western Infirmary, Stobhill
Hospital, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, Drumchapel
Hospital, Blawarthill Hospital and Lightburn Hospital. South of the river are the Southern
General Hospital and the Victoria Infirmary. The Royal Alexandra Hospital is in Paisley, the
Inverclyde Royal Hospital is in Greenock and the Vale of Leven District General Hospital is
situated in Alexandria.
With an annual budget of over one billion pounds this is a particularly exciting time to be joining
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Over the next decade there is planned investment of more
than £750 million, this is the largest single investment programme in the history of NHS
Scotland – giving NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospital accommodation for 21st Century
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde plans to develop a new pattern of Accident & Emergency
Services for Glasgow that will see:
Specialist Accident & Emergency and Orthopaedic teams sited 24 hours a day at two
centres of excellence – Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Southern General Hospital;
New rapid access for GP emergency referrals; and
Five Minor Injury Units staffed by nurse practitioners under the guidance of Accident &
Emergency Consultants at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Gartnavel General Hospital, Southern
General Hospital and at the Ambulatory Care Hospitals to be built at Stobhill Hospital and
the Victoria Infirmary.
2 Hospital and Clinics Where Services are to be provided
The Western Infirmary is a University teaching hospital located in the west end of Glasgow.
The orthopaedic department serves a local catchment population of approximately 320,000,
and provides tertiary service in the subspecialties.
There are currently 11 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons in substantive posts in the Unit with
the full range of orthopaedic sub-specialties covered. This post is currently filled on a locum
basis since January 2011.
Outpatient clinics and trauma work are carried out at the Western Infirmary, with a 30 bed
trauma receiving ward and a fully staffed dedicated trauma theatre. Outpatient clinics are
supported by extended scope nurse and physiotherapy practitioners, with new and return
outpatient clinics and an arthroplasty outcomes service.
Elective operating is carried out at Gartnavel Hospital, with 2 laminar flow theatres and a day
surgery theatre dedicated to orthopaedic work. There is a pre-operative assessment clinic
dedicated to elective orthopaedic patients, and two orthopaedic wards with a total of 42 beds.
A further laminar flow theatre is being built for orthopaedic use within the main theatre suite and
this will be available from June 2010.
The department has close links with the Rheumatology service, which is based at Gartnavel
Hospital. The regional oncology service for the West of Scotland at the new Beatson Centre is
located on the Gartnavel site. As a result, the department has the largest workload dealing with
bony metastastic disease of any orthopaedic unit in the country. There are close ties also with
the Imaging Department with ready access to both CT and MRI scanning, including a dedicated
There are close ties with the University of Strathclyde Department of Bio-Engineering and the
National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics.
The Consultant members of the department are involved in Undergraduate teaching for the
University of Glasgow. The Unit is also recognised for Basic Surgical Training and for Higher
Surgical Training in Trauma and Orthopaedics. Currently there are 7 higher surgical trainees
with 4 senior SHOs and 4FY2 and FY1 trainees in the department. There is a postgraduate
teaching programme for higher surgical trainees organised on a West of Scotland basis.
Education is strongly supported within the unit with regular trauma meeting, educational
meeting and a monthly audit meeting.
3 Work of the Department
11 consultants [see section 4 (b) (ii)]
1 Locum (this post)
15 junior medical staff [see section 4 (b) (iii)].
In 2010/11, the service saw
10,885 new outpatient attendances (including fracture clinics)
3,154 new elective episodes
2,027 new trauma episodes
The principal relationships within the hospital are with:-
Accident & Emergency Department
Imaging & Radiology Department
Care of the Elderly Medicine
There are 30 trauma inpatient beds at the Western Infirmary and 42 elective orthopaedic beds
at Gartnavel. In addition there are Care of the Elderly beds at Drumchapel Hospital which are
utilised for ongoing care of the orthopaedic trauma patients.
THE JOB ITSELF
[a] Title; Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
[i] Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
[ii] Name of Consultant members of the department;
Mr W J Leach - Knee Surgery, Clinical Director
Mr MP Kelly - Hip Surgery, Lead Clinician
Mr N Hussain - Hand Surgery
Mr AT Reece - Spinal Surgery
Mr UG Fazzi - Shoulder and elbow Surgery
Mr AGR Gray - Hip Surgery
Mr JS Moir - Foot & Ankle Surgery
Mr J Roberts - Hip/Forefoot Surgery
Mr BP Rooney - Knee Surgery
Mr B Rana - Hip, Knee and Foot Surgery
Mr L Campton - Hip/Forefoot Surgery
(Locum ) - Spinal Surgery
[c] Duties of the post
[i] The successful applicant will be well qualified in general orthopaedics but
will have developed a specialist interest in Spinal Surgery.
Undergraduates are taught in the GG&C Hospitals. Successful
applicants will have responsibilities for both formal and bedside teaching.
[iii] Research Activities
There are ongoing research projects within the departments and the
successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue research in his or her
area of special interest.
[iv] Administrative Duties – including those associated with care of patients
and running of the department.
[d] Proposed Weekly Timetable (although subject to change)
AM PM Out of Hours
Monday Theatre Theatre *
Tuesday Admin clinic
Thursday Pre-op assessment clinic
Friday Theatre SPA
* This is an indicative job plan therefore discussion with individual candidates regarding trauma
commitments can take place.
A split of 9:1 between direct clinical care PAs and supporting professional
activities is now the advertised standard for all new consultant job plans in
Scotland. The one SPA minimum will reflect activity such as appraisal,
personal audit and professional development occurring outside study leave
time. Once the candidate has been appointed more SPA time may be agreed
for activities such as undergraduate and postgraduate medical training which
takes place outside direct clinical care, as well as research and/or management.
These activities must be specifically and clearly identified and be agreed with the
candidate and desired by the department.
[e] The Consultant has a continuing responsibility for the care of patients in his
charge and for proper functioning of the Department.
[f] The Consultant will undertake the administrative duties associated with care of
his patients and aide the running of the spinal sub-speciality.
[g] In addition to the duties mentioned above, duties at other hospitals administered
by the Directorate as may be necessary.
4. Date when post is vacant: ASAP
Job Title:- Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Sub Specialist Interest in Spinal Surgery
Department:- Orthopaedics WIG (REF:23802D)
Qualifications Essential () Desirable ()
MBChB (or equivalent) x
FRCS (Tr. & Orth) (or equivalent) x
Current ATLS Certification x
Higher Degree x
Experience Essential () Desirable ()
Broad experience of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery x
Teaching Medical Students x
Participation in Audit x
Publications and presentations x
Behavioural Competencies Essential () Desirable ()
Organisational Skills x
Communication Skills x
Leadership Skills x
Managerial Skills x
Other Essential () Desirable ()
Full GMC Registration and a licence to practice x
Must be eligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register. x
Those trained in the UK should have evidence of higher
specialist training leading to CCT or eligibility for specialist
registration (CESR) or be within 6 months of confirmed entry
from the date of interview. Non-UK applicants must
demonstrate equivalent training.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
The conditions of service are those laid down and amended from time to time by the Hospital and
Medical & Dental Whitley Council.
TYPE OF CONTRACT Permanent
GRADE AND SALARY Consutlant, £74,504 - £100,446 per annum (pro rata)
New Entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the minimum point of the
salary scale, (dependent on qualifications and experience). Salary is paid
monthly by Bank Credit Transfer.
HOURS OF DUTY Whole Time, 40 hours
SUPERANNUATION You have the option to join the NHS Superannuation Scheme, to participate in
the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme or to take out a Personal
Pension. Employee’s contributions to the NHS Scheme are Tiered based on
your earnings and the employers contribution equates to 13.5 % of salary.
Employees in the NHS Scheme are “Contracted-out” of the State Earnings
Related Pension Scheme and pay a lower rate of National Insurance
contributions. Employees who choose to participate in the State Earnings
Related Pension Scheme pay the higher rate of National Insurance
contribution. A Stakeholder Pension is also available. A Personal Pension is a
private arrangement agreed with the pension provider that will be an
organisation such as a Bank, Building Society or Insurance Company.
REMOVAL EXPENSES Assistance with removal and associated expenses may be given and would be
discussed and agreed prior to appointment.
EXPENSES OF Candidates who are requested to attend an interview will be given assistance
CANDIDATES FOR with appropriate travelling expenses. Re-imbursement shall not normally be
APPOINTMENT made to employees who withdraw their application or refuse an offer of
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DISCLOSURE SCOTLAND This post is considered to be in the category of “Regulated Work” and
therefore requires a Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups
Scheme (PVG) Membership which currently costs £59.00. The cost of the
PVG Membership will be initially paid by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and
will required to be repaid through a payroll deduction mandate from the
successful candidate’s first salary.
CONFIRMATION OF NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has a legal obligation to
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK IN ensure that it’s employees, both EEA and non EEA nationals, are legally
THE UK entitled to work in the United Kingdom. Before any person can commence
employment within NHS GGC they will need to provide documentation to
prove that they are eligible to work in the UK. Non EEA nationals will be
required to show evidence that either Entry Clearance or Leave to Remain in
the UK has been granted for the work which they are applying to do. Where
an individual is subject to immigration control under not circumstances will they
be allowed to commence until the right to work in the UK has been verified.
ALL applicants regardless of nationality must complete and return the
Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in the UK Statement with their completed
application form. You will be required provide appropriate documentation prior
to any appointment being made.
REHABILITATION OF The rehabilitation of Offenders act 1974 allows people who have been
OFFENDERS ACT 1974 convicted of certain criminal offences to regard their convictions as “spent”
after the lapse of a period of years. However, due to the nature of work for
which you are applying this post is exempt from the provisions of Section 4 of
the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by virtue of the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Orders 1975 and 1986). Therefore, applicants
are required to disclose information about convictions which for other purposes
are “spent” under the provision of the act in the event of employment, failure to
disclose such convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action by
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Any information given will be completely
DISABLED APPLICANTS A disability or health problems does not preclude full consideration for the job
and applications from people with disabilities are welcome. All information will
be treated as confidential. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde guarantees to
interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the
post. You will note on our application form that we ask for relevant information
with regard to your disability. This is simply to ensure that we can assist you,
if you are called for interview, to have every opportunity to present your
application in full. We may call you to discuss your needs in more detail if you
are selected for interview.
GENERAL NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde operates flexible staffing arrangements
whereby all appointments are to a grade within a department. The duties of an
officer may be varied from an initial set of duties to any other set, which are
commensurate with the grade of the officer. The enhanced experience
resulting from this is considered to be in the best interest of both NHS Greater
Glasgow and Clyde and the individual.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES The postholder will undertake their duties in strict accordance with NHS
Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
NOTICE The employment is subject to three months’ notice on either side, subject to
appeal against dismissal.
MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE In terms of NHS Circular 1989 (PCS) 32 dealing with Medical Negligence the
Health Board does not require you to subscribe to a Medical Defence
Organisation. Health Board indemnity will cover only Health Board
responsibilities. It may, however, be in your interest to subscribe to a defence
organisation in order to ensure you are covered for any work, which does not
fall within the scope of the indemnity scheme.
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The closing Date will be 21st October, 2011
The interview date will be 21st November 2011