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Division of Orthopaedic Oncology & Specialist Hip & Knee Unit
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 10 sessions per week (10PAs)
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Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Employer type
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
£88,364 - £119,133 +£2162 LW per annum
Salary period
09/10/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Locum Orthopaedic Surgeon - Sarcoma


Please note in order to progress your application, your data will be processed by our 3rd party recruitment providers – North London Partners Shared Service, who conduct recruitment activities on behalf of Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust. 

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK and a global leader in our field.  We provide a dynamic working environment where we support frontline staff to implement improvements so that we can realise our vision of being a world leading neuro musculoskeletal hospital providing the best patient care and staff experience in the NHS, delivering world leading research, and offering a strong foundation of education, training and career progression. Our dedicated staff come from diverse backgrounds, and our patients benefit from the wide range of experience they bring to the Trust. The RNOH brings unrivalled expertise together in one place allowing us to deliver some of the world’s most complex and innovative care to our patients

  • Rated Good by the CQC
  • Two sites, one in central London and one in Stanmore - which has recently opened The Stanmore Building, a new, state-of-the-art inpatient facility
  • Our Research and Innovation Centre works closely with our main academic partner, University College London
  • Recognised as a centre of excellence,  leading on national initiatives, such as the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) Programme
  • Further major redevelopment underway across the Stanmore site – improving and modernising our facilities to maintain our position as the UK’s leading centre for orthopaedic medicine
  • In the NHS staff survey, over 90% of our staff were satisfied with the quality of care they are able to give to patients - the best result of any NHS Trust in the country
  • Our staff also indicated that they had the best experience of appraisals as compared to all other NHS Trusts.

This is a great time to join us and play a critical role in the next stage of RNOH’s journey to achieving an outstanding CQC rating.

Our aim is to remain a world-leading orthopaedic hospital with the best patient care and staff experience in the NHS. To do this, we have four core values that underpin everything that we do. We use our values to help ensure that we are always focused on the things that our staff and patients believe are most important:

  • Patients first, always
  • Excellence, in all we do
  • Trust, honesty and respect, for each other
  • Equality, for all

Our annual staff survey results have been improving year on year, with our staff telling us that their experience of working at the Trust is getting better and better. They also indicate that our staff feel very loyal to the RNOH and committed to its role in providing the very best care to our complex patient group. We hope that we can welcome you to our growing team soon.

The RNOH recognises that vaccination remains the best line of defence against COVID19 and encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated.

Job overview

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) have a rare and exciting opportunity within our Sarcoma service to appoint one full time (10 PA) fixed term locum Consultant surgeon for 12 months.

As part of the London Sarcoma Service you will work collaboratively within a highly specialist multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive care and highly specialised surgical management of both bone and soft tissue sarcomas.  In addition you will undertake audit, research and quality improvement work to ensure a robust evidence base for surgical procedures.

We are looking for an applicant who works well within a team and has the relevant experience in both the management of sarcoma and complex joint reconstruction of hip and knee. You will also have good communication skills and experience in multidisciplinary team working.

This is an excellent opportunity to join one of the largest sarcoma services in Europe which aims to enable a sustainable service which is well governed, prioritises patient experience and focuses on patient outcomes and research. 

You must be fully registered with the GMC/GDC and hold a full License to Practise and be on the specialist register, or within six months of attaining your CCT or equivalent at interview stage.

Main duties of the job

The appointee will:

  • Be on a full time 10 PA job plan, there will be 9 Direct Clinical Care Programmed Activities sessions and 1 Supporting Programmed Activities (SPA). These will comprise of ward rounds, theatre sessions, planning meetings, procedures, MDTs outpatient clinic appointments and patient related administration.
  • Provide in-patient and out-patient medical, surgical and rehabilitation care to patients.
  • The unit has a commitment to uphold our teaching element. The appointed consultant will play their full part in continuing and extending teaching within the unit.
  • The new Consultant is expected to have a varied range of clinical interests to compliment the skills of the existing consultant team in the department, the development of which will be supported.

Working for our organisation

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital prides itself on being the leading centre for the treatment of patients with orthopaedic and neuro-muscular conditions.

Please refer to the attached job description for a detailed overview of the team.                                                                                           

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job description and Person specification for more information on the role responsibilities and role requirements.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register via
  • CCT or CESR (CP) – proposed CCT / CESR (CP) date must be within 6 months of interview
  • CESR or European Community Rights
  • An appropriate higher Orthopaedic surgical qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Success in an Intercollegiate speciality examination or equivalent

Clinical Experience

Essential criteria
  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining UK CCST in relevant speciality
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems within speciality
  • Experience of supporting patients with suspected and diagnosed cancer
  • Experience of bone and soft tissue tumour surgery
  • Experience in lower limb joint reconstruction of the hip and knees
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of NHS Cancer Plan, The role of Cancer Networks and NHS Modernisation Agenda

Management and Administrative Experience

Essential criteria
  • Ability to advise on the efficient and safe running of a specialist service
  • Ability to organise and manage outpatient priorities, surgical waiting lists and operating schedules
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of audit

Teaching Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of supervising trainees
  • Ability to teach clinical and operative skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching clinical skills to undergraduate students
  • Ability to supervise postgraduate research

Research Experience

Essential criteria
  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical and surgical problems
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • An enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Caring attitude to patients
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Commitment to continuing medical education
  • Willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national levels

Other requirements

Essential criteria
  • Ionising Radiation Course Certificate

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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

Mr William Aston
Job title
Clinical Director for Sarcoma and JRU
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Telephone number
020 3947 0041
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