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Critical Care
Locum Consultant
Locum: 12 months
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
Charing Cross Hospital
£88,364 to £119,133 WTE
28/03/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Locum Consultant in Critical Care

Locum Consultant

Job overview

We are looking for enthusiastic colleagues to join our friendly consultant team at Charing Cross hospital. Charing Cross is one of three ITU sites across Imperial. All were rated “Good” by the CQC in 2019 and have achieved very positive feedback in peer reviews. We currently have 100 beds across three dynamic and exciting ICUs which is a recent expansion from 84 beds, with further expansion anticipated in the coming years. 


Each unit admits both elective and emergency Level 2 and 3 patients, but each has a distinct character. St Mary’s is a quaternary vascular centre and Major Trauma Centre, Charing Cross is a regional stroke and neurosurgical centre, and Hammersmith is a regional centre for cardiac, renal and haematology. As a result, we care for a hugely varied clinical case mix and are pioneers in multi-disciplinary and collaborative care.

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in the UK, we offer a wide range of opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. Academic clinicians are welcome and will be encouraged to become local principal investigators for multicentre studies in collaboration with our internationally acclaimed academic department led by Prof A Gordon.

Candidates will need a CCT in ICM (or to be approaching their CCT date), and we also welcome interest from individuals with joint accreditation in specialties such as anaesthesia, respiratory, general or emergency medicine

Main duties of the job

The posts will attract 10PAs including a minimum of 2SPAs, but we also welcome applications from individuals who wish to work less than full time. Our philosophy is to formulate an individualised job plan with successful candidates, with an emphasis on enabling professional development and pursuit of specific interests. We strongly believe that the job plan needs to be sustainable and should enable the successful candidate to maintain a good work-life balance.

Main duties contained within the job plan are assessing and managing critically unwell patients as part of the ICU MDT team. This will involve twice daily ward rounds as a minimum with targeted assessment and interventions as required. Outreach duties are also contained within the job plans and there are follow up clinics which can be job planned for interested candidates. SPA duties will vary but all consultants are expected to support and supervise trainees.

All appointments are to the Trust, but we will discuss with you through the application process any preferences you have about working at a particular site or sites, and mutually agree this with you at appointment. There may also be opportunities for consultants to move sites during their career if they wish to, in order to gain new clinical or leadership experience.

Working for our organisation

At Imperial College Healthcare you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people, working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You’ll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career. Benefits include career development, flexible working and wellbeing, staff recognition scheme. Make use of optional benefits including Cycle to work, car lease schemes, and season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities.

We encourage staff to have the Covid vaccination to protect themselves, patients, other colleagues as well as the wider community. Please note it is an operational requirement to comply with infection prevention and control procedures within the Trust such as lateral flow testing, handwashing and the wearing of masks, according to the procedures in place at any time or location.

As part of our continued response to Covid19 we are still conducting the majority of our interviews virtually.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and will consider applications to work flexibly, part-time or job share. Please talk to us at interview.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main Responsibilities;

Provide High Quality Care to Patients presenting as an Emergency or who require Critical Care

 Research, Teaching & Training

  • Collaborate with academic and clinical colleagues to enhance the translational research portfolio, whilst meeting the full requirements of Research Governance
  • Provide high quality teaching to medical undergraduates, foundation doctors, specialty trainees and members of other health care professions as required

Performance Management

  • Work with medical, nursing and managerial colleagues to ensure high performance in clinical efficiency, patient safety, quality of outcomes and financial management

Medical Staff Management

  • Participate in team objective setting as part of the annual job planning cycle
  • Be responsible for the annual appraisal of doctors in training, Trust doctors and non-consultant grades as delegated


  • Participate in clinical audit, incident reporting and ensure resulting actions are implemented
  • Keep fully informed about best practice in the speciality areas and ensure implications for practice changes are discussed with Specialty Leads
  • Role model good practice for infection control to all members of the multidisciplinary team

Leadership and Team Working

  • Demonstrate excellent leadership skills with regard to individual performance, clinical teams, the Trust and when participating in national initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and Imperial College as required

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Broad knowledge of Critical Care as defined by the UK FICM Curriculum
  • Understanding of statutory requirements in healthcare
  • Understanding of relevant health and safety legislation
  • Good understanding of GPICS and GPICS v2
  • Working knowledge of the SI framework
  • NICE guidance relating to critical care
  • Statutory Audit requirements for Critical Care
  • Sound grasp of ethical principles and relevant legal precedent


Essential criteria
  • You should have relevant experience acquired working in Critical Care, Anaesthesia, PICU, and General Medicine
  • You should be able to demonstrate your experience of Audit, quality improvement, safety, and involvement in teaching and training
  • Understanding of the workings of a large tertiary referral healthcare/NHS Intensive Care Unit


Essential criteria
  • Medically Qualified
  • On Specialist Register for Intensive Care medicine or within 6 months of registration
  • Accredited in Critical Care or Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FFICM) or recognised equivalent
  • Higher Qualification in Critical Care (EDIC, Diploma in Critical Care)


Essential criteria
  • Ability to undertake procedures relevant to critical care as define in curriculum
  • Flexibility and the ability to work within a defined framework to ensure your work fits in with colleagues
  • Ability to think around problems and to consider them from multiple perspectives
  • Good communication skills, and the ability to handle “difficult conversations” with patients, families and colleagues in a sensitive and compassionate manner Clinical role model
  • Ability to motivate and lead multi- disciplinary teams
  • The ability to cope with ambiguity and perform through uncertainty where necessary
  • The ability to understand your impact on others.
  • The ability to compromise and work collaboratively, and to see issues from the perspective of colleagues
  • Use of standard computer software
  • Provision of education and training

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

George Perry
Job title
Deputy Manager-Critical Care
Email address

If you have problems applying, contact

1st Floor Education Centre
Charing Cross Hospital
W6 8RF
07789 171 622
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