Job description


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Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust Consultant in Haematology

Applications are invited for this newly created haematology consultant post, to join a well-established and cohesive Macmillan Haematology Unit at Northampton General Hospital (NGH) NHS Trust. This new post has been approved due to increasing workload and to support service development for the future. The department provides a comprehensive clinical and laboratory haematology service for the acute trust and primary care, and manages inpatients with a full range of haematological conditions (excluding ALL and aplastic anaemia) to BCSH Level 2b (2010). The Unit has been accredited for autologous transplantation by JACIE.

The trust is a cancer centre and is part of the East Midlands Cancer Clinical Network. NGH is linked to Oxford haemophilia centre for comprehensive care. This is a general haematology post, but one which will provide opportunities for further limited sub-specialisation tailored to the special interest of the successful applicant and the clinical service requirements. An interest in haematological malignancy is essential and an interest in haemoglobinopathy would be desirable, but is not essential. The post is a full-time post 10.875 PA post with a 1:5 on-call commitment, subject to job planning on appointment. The consultant haematologists deliver care across primary and secondary care and are supported by a high functioning team, including 2 specialist registrars, 2 FY/CT trainees, a non-training middle grade, team of specialist nurses in the haematology clinic and day unit and 5 WTE clinical nurse specialists (1 WTE lymphoma CNS,1 WTE myeloma/leukaemia CNS, 0.6 WTE transplant CNS, 0.6 WTE haemoglobinopathy CNS and 1.8 WTE blood transfusion CNSs). There is excellent laboratory support and a team of anticoagulant nurses. There are specialist inpatient facilities (24 beds, including 12 side-rooms and 4 HEPA-filtered rooms) for haematology/oncology, adjacent to the haematology clinic and laboratory areas; junior doctor cover is provided for this ward as part of a specialist rota for this and other specialist areas (separate from the general medicine junior doctor rota).

NGH NHS Trust is a large (750 beds) district hospital providing a full range of acute services for a population of around 380,000. A new building housing an interventional cardiology centre, an inpatient renal unit, and the nuclear medicine/nuclear cardiology department was opened in 2008 and a new day surgery facility opened in 2012. A Primary Care Streaming Centre and an Acute Assessment Hub for non-elective admissions were developed and opened respectively in 2017 and 2018, adjacent to A&E. The Macmillan Haematology Unit was extended and completely refurbished in a joint project funded by Macmillan and NGH NHS Trust, completed in 2012. The oncology chemotherapy unit has also completed refurbishment this year. In addition, a new purpose-built Emergency Assessment Bay (EAB) for haematology and oncology emergencies opened in 2018 and is available 24 hours per day (expansion from an existing 9-5 facility located in Oncologyoutpatients).

The county is part of a designated growth area, and will see significant development and consequent population growth over the next 25 years. Northampton has a distinguished heritage and is one of the fastest growing commercial towns in the UK. There is easy access to London and the Midlands through road and rail networks.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to any of the following consultant haematologists; Dr Angela Bowen, Dr Sajjan Mittal, Dr Alistair McGrann and Dr Michael Joffe on 01604 523261.

Dr Craig Knighton, Clinical Director, and Mr Chris Blundred, Directorate Manager, would welcome initial informal enquiries on 01604 523798 and 01604 523528 respectively.

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