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Locum Breast Consultant

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Fixed term: 6 months
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Royal Lancaster Hospital
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Salary period
11/12/2022 23:59
Interview date

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has become available within the Surgery and Critical Care Group for a Trust Locum Consultant in Breast.  This post will be a 6/12 fixed term contract and will be based at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.  Clinical sessions within the job plan will be on all three sites so travel time will be built within the job plan.

There is no on-call commitment but the postholder may be approached for advice on emergency patients and should support the General Surgeons with the management of these.  

Post-operatively the postholder should be available for contact by the ward in case of complications and should liaise with the General Surgery on-call team when necessary to facilitate patient care.

The post holder will undertake 10 PA's (7.5 DCC's, 1.5 SPA and 1 PA for admin). 

The post holder will be supported by the Breast Clinical Team which includes 3 Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeons, 3 Middle Grade Doctors, including deanery trainees with ward support from FY doctors and nurse practitioners.

UHMBT has strong ties with Lancaster University and offer great opportunities to get involved with teaching medical students and with research. 

We are therefore delighted to offer this great opportunity for a Trust Locum Consultant to take up this post working in a highly successful, modern department delivering outstanding results in a breathtakingly beautiful part of England. 

Arrangements for a visit to the Breast Department can be arranged on request. 

Main duties of the job

  • Provide outpatient new & review clinics including two week wait, cancer results and treatment planning/consenting, and follow up. 
  • Preparation of patients for theatre and post-operative care. 
  • Play a lead role in the clinical management of patients. 
  • Participate in the breast cancer MDTs    
  • Participate in clinical audit & demonstrate evidence based practice where appropriate.     
  • Completion of discharge summaries is mandatory for all patients within 48 hours. 
  • Initiate and be involved in service developments in their areas of special interest and in line with the Trust’s vision. 
  • Comply with Trust policies and complete mandatory training.
  • Use Trust systems as directed (eg paperless clinics, e-outcomes, Lorenzo).
  • Actively participate in continuing medical education. 
  • Undertake and participate in the appraisal process, job planning as part of revalidation. 

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.

Our community services for adults are provided in people’s homes, community centres, clinics, GP Practices, community hospitals and our main hospitals. Our aim is to work with people to help them remain independent, improve their health and manage their conditions through high quality care, advice and support.




Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/  


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Wide experience of Breast Surgery in the UK
  • Demonstrate higher surgical training in General Surgery to FRCS (Gen Surg) level or equivalent with evidence of having worked in subspecialty posts
  • Experience of working at different hospitals within the NHS
  • Experience of working with the NHS breast screening programme

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration with a licence to practice
  • FRCS (Gen Surg) or an equivalent appropriate higher surgical qualification
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register in General Surgery, or eligibility for specialist registration in General Surgery within 6 months from the time of the interview
Desirable criteria
  • Higher Medical Degree (MD MSc or PhD)

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of current national guidelines on management of breast cancer
  • Awareness of oncoplastic techniques
  • Ability to run autonomous breast clinics for new symptomatic patients, cancer results and treatment planning and cancer follow up
  • Expertise in breast cancer resection surgery including surgery for screen detected breast cancers
  • Understanding of the management responsibilities of NHS consultants
  • Involvement in service development
Desirable criteria
  • Expertise in planning and undertaking Oncoplastic techniques for both breast conserving surgery and post-mastectomy reconstruction
  • Evidence of administrative roles during training


Essential criteria
  • Wide range of training in Breast Surgery
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of participation in educational skills training
  • Attendance at national Breast surgery skills courses

Research and Development

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of completion of audits.
  • Understanding of research methodology and ethics as evidenced by publications.
  • Evidence of attendance at national Breast Surgery meetings (ABS, ORBS)
Desirable criteria
  • Contemporary peer reviewed publications
  • Evidence of presentations at national breast meetings


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to teaching and training undergraduate, postgraduate, nursing and allied health professionals
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of teaching undergraduates
  • Formal training in teaching


Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate well and work as a team with consultant colleagues and other professionals
  • Willingness to be involved in service development.
  • Computer literacy.
Desirable criteria
  • Formal training in management skills

Professional Interests

Essential criteria
  • Keen, energetic and enthusiastic in all aspects of breast surgery
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of appropriate professional societies

Governance Issues

Essential criteria
  • A willingness to observe Trust policies and guidelines in all aspects of clinical practice
  • Regular attendance and participation at audit meetings
  • Participation in annual appraisal and Personal development plan review
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of audits completed in breast surgery

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with patients, relatives and staff
  • Able to maintain good working relations with a broad range of colleagues
  • Evidence of proven leadership skills
  • Ability to work as a team with professional colleagues, both medical and others. Willingness to be flexible to meet the clinical demands of the service and recognise the needs of other colleagues
  • Reliability, punctuality and effective, efficient time management
  • Ability to travel as required

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Disability Confident - two yearsVeteran AwareNo smoking policyDisability confident employerStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Step into healthArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Penny McManus
Job title
Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
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