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Are you trained in Stroke Medicine? Do you want to join a dynamic and friendly team in a large hospital in a wonderful part of the country?

Applications are invited for the post of Consultant Stroke Physician. This is a superb opportunity to join an enthusiastic and forward-thinking team to work alongside four other Stroke Consultants, delivering and developing stroke services within Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Our team delivers great care and is improving consistently. The post holder will work collaboratively to deliver the full range of stroke care and will be expected to work independently on the hyper acute Stroke unit.

Please note:

  • a generous relocation expenses package is available
  • £2k welcome payment on appointment
  • £3k further instalment paid after 3 year service, subject to performance
  • Applications from ST7s and established consultants are equally welcome; and,
  • We welcome applications for less than full time working.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact Dr Gopi Ramadurai, Clinical Lead for Stroke on 0300 422 6977.

Why should I work for the Stroke team at Gloucester?

  • The Stroke team is the largest department in the South West of England - providing the fullest breadth of presentations. There are 15 Hyper Acute (Type 1) beds; 9 acute beds (Type 2); and, 28 Rehabilitation beds (Type 3). There are also 14 community specialist stroke beds. TIA clinics are provided 7 days a week. Thrombectomy services are provided in collaboration with the neurosciences unit at Bristol.
  • We are supported by collaborative working with other Consultants around the region via the Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset Cardiac and Stroke Network: the Stroke Thrombolysis rota is shared with the other Stroke Consultants in this network.
  • We are a consistently improving team that welcomes challenge, innovative thinking and new ideas. With this approach we have consistently improved our overall SSNAP rating in 2019 and 2020, with ambitions to improve further. There multi-disciplinary improvements underpinning this trajectory.
  • There is a strong and multidisciplinary team – with therapies input across all areas, an ACP and a team of Specialist Stroke Nurses (12 hours a day).
  • The team use leading-edge practices, including CT perfusion scanning.
  • There is a strong rehabilitation pathway with both dedicated community and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, alongside a separate Hyper Acute Stroke Unit. Our dedicated Stroke Rehabilitation Unit (at the Vale Hospital in Dursley) gets very strong patient and staff feedback. We are supported by Stroke Early Supported Discharge Teams too.
  • We are an active research centre with the highest numbers of active patient recruits in the South West. This has resulted in a large number of publications and advice that forms part of national guidance. We would encourage the applicant in supporting ongoing research in the unit.
    • There are typically 6-8 research trials ongoing at any point.
    • We are also part of the South West Stroke Research Network.
    • We have Stroke Research nurses.
  • There are great teaching and training opportunities –
    • The department has a training post and registrar.
    • We offer a 15-credit MSc module on Stroke care, accredited by the University of Gloucester.
    • We offer CT Perfusion training.
    • The Specialist Stroke nursing team was “grown” in-house and will continue to expand.
  • There is active fund raising by clinical teams and close working between patients and staff.
  • There is a unique convergence of system partners – with one commissioner, local authority and community provider – resulting in close working and a vision for the future.
  • Gloucestershire is well known for its natural beauty, cultural and leisure activities. Many staff live in and around Cheltenham, The Cotswolds and The Forest of Dean. The county has many excellent state and private schools as well as colleges of higher education and its own university.  There are good rail and road access to Bristol, Birmingham, South Wales and London.

Recent history of the service

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in April 2002 and became a second wave Foundation Trust in July 2004. In 2015 Stroke services for the Trust were reconfigured to be run from a single site at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, resulting in:

  • consolidated acute and rehabilitation stroke wards
  • one site TIA clinics
  • close links with our resident team of 7 Consultant Neurologists

To apply, please visit (Job Ref 318-20R5458).  Please attach a CV to your online application form.

Closing Date: 27th September 2020

AAC Date: 4th November 2020

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