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Consultant in Palliative Medicine

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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Palliative Medicine
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time: 10 sessions per week
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Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Kingston upon Thames
£82,096 - £110,683
02/05/2021 23:59

Kingston Hospital - First Acute Trust in London to be rated Outstanding by CQC for Overall Quality and Leadership

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a district general hospital situated in a beautiful and remarkable part of the country – close to London yet surrounded by royal parks, historic buildings and the River Thames. We are located on a single site in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and run several outpatient clinics in neighbouring areas including Raynes Park Health Centre and Teddington Memorial Hospital.

We employ 3,300+ staff who proudly and efficiently support over 350,000 people locally through a full range of diagnostic and treatment services and we have a national reputation for innovative developments in healthcare, particularly in 'patient-focused' care, day surgery and maternity services.

The South West London Collaborative Bank

Kingston Hospital is a part of the local South West London Collaborative and offer competitive bank rates to work across the three NHS trusts: St Georges, Kingston Hospital and Epsom & St Helier. Our Smart App booking system makes life easier for flexible working!

Health and Wellbeing & Staff Benefits

The Trust understands that benefits go beyond just financial rewards and offers a wide range of benefits that recognise staff contribution, provide opportunities for career development and offer initiatives to promote a healthy work-life balance
-Our Health Heroes Awards 2018 – Staff Retention and Wellbeing Employer of the Year.
-HPMA Vivup Award for Well Being 2019.

Trust Values

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust has five key values and we want to employ and work with people who share these values and demonstrate behaviours that support them. They are: 

- Caring – Design and deliver care around each individual patient’s needs and wants.
- Safe – Make the safety of patients and staff our prime concern as safety comes first
- Responsible – All staff take responsibility for the hospital, its services and reputation
- Value Each Other – Value each other's contribution
- Inspiring - We always strive to empower each other to develop and deliver improvements to benefit our patients



This is a joint substantive consultant post for the position of Consultant in Palliative Medicine with the additional responsibility of Departmental Lead for Research at Kingston Hospital. The post holder will work cross-site both at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as part of the Hospital Palliative Care Team (HPCT), and at Princess Alice Hospice within their community team.   This is a new post, created to promote integrated palliative care across the hospital and community setting. The post holder will be employed by Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  This post will have a particular focus on integrated cross-boundary working. At the hospital, the post will be based in the Emergency Department and Acute Admissions Unit. One of the key aims of the post will be to avoid unnecessary hospital admission of patients with palliative care needs, by early, proactive palliative care review and integrated community working. 

This is a substantive full time post, but Less Than Full Time applicants will also be considered (minimum 0.8WTE).

The hospital palliative care team is a well-established and highly respected team, providing face to face cover 7 days a week, 9am-5pm.  With 1027 referrals in 2019-20, of which 50% have a non-cancer diagnosis, we provide Specialist Palliative Care support to adults in the Trust and support the broader end of life care agenda through strategic involvement and development of models of care and education. There is an engaged end of life care strategy group with the Trust Chair being the non-executive lead for EoLC. In 2016, CQC has rated Kingston Hospital as “Good” overall for EoLC, with “Outstanding” for Caring.  Kingston Hospital has approximately 520 beds and is based on a single site in Kingston upon Thames. The Sir William Rous Cancer Unit works jointly with the Royal Marsden Hospital to provide on-site outpatient chemotherapy and a wellbeing resource centre.

At Princess Alice Hospice (PAH), the post holder will mainly be based within the community palliative care team, providing medical leadership for the London multi-professional team, covering Kingston and Richmond.  At the end of 2016, the Hospice was rated as Outstanding in all 5 domains by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) making us the first hospice to reach this standard.  Approximately 3000 patients with advanced, life-threatening illnesses are referred to the Hospice yearly. The Hospice is charitably-funded; NHS funding accounts just over 20% of a total budget of more than £10 million. 

Kingston Hospital NHS foundation Trust is based about 12 miles from the centre of London with good transport links into the capital and is based in a beautiful and historic part of the country. It lies very close to Richmond Park and is close to Hampton Court Palace. The hospital supports around 350,000 people in the surrounding area from the boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, Roehampton, Putney, Merton and East Elmbridge.  Princess Alice Hospice is based 17 miles from central London, with a catchment area covering a population of around one million living in the South West outer quadrant of London and North Surrey, roughly a 10-mile radius around Esher.

We invite applications from suitably qualified doctors for the post of Consultant in Palliative Medicine to join our thriving and friendly organisations. Job plan information is included in the job description.

Closing date for completed application forms is 2nd May 2021. Expected interview date: w/c 29th June 2021.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Dr Laura Nightingale, Consultant and Lead Clinician for Palliative Care at Kingston Hospital on 020 8546 7711 Ext 3834 or via switchboard; email: l.nightingale@nhs.net

Dr Amira Girgis, Medical Director, Kingston Hospital; Amira.girgis@nhs.net;   PA Sonia Faria KH ext 2450

Ms Nichola Kane, Deputy Director of Nursing and Cancer Services Lead, Kingston Hospital: Nichola.kane1@nhs.net;  PA Paula Lyons KH ext 2732

Mr Sarbjinder Sandhu, Divisional Director for Planned Care; Sarbjinder.sandhu@nhs.net; PA Paula Lyons KH ext 2732

Prof Craig Gannon, Medical Director Princess Alice Hospice: craiggannon@pah.org.uk; PA Liz Huckle 01372 468811