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NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 9 sessions per week (9 PAs plus 2 additional PAs teaching - 11 in total)
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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Whiston Hospital/St Helens Hospital
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum pro rata
Salary period
24/02/2023 23:59
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Consultant Radiologist with Sub-specialty interest in Breast Radiology

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Job overview

Applicants are invited for the Consultant Radiologist with a subspecialty interest in Breast Radiology. This a whole time post (requests for less than full time will be considered) offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Consultant to join a dynamic, rapidly expanding team delivering multidisciplinary acute care in St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals.

The applicants should be trained and have experience in reading breast screening mammography, be able to conduct a symptomatic breast clinic radiology service, be proficient in breast interventional procedures, such as biopsies and localisations.

Applicants are required to hold Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (UK or equivalent qualifications) and must be eligible for full registration with the GMC at the time of appointment and have entry on the GMC Specialist Register via one of the following:

  1. Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).
    (The proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of the interview)
  2. Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR).
    (CESR candidates must have written GMC confirmation upon successful application)

Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 19th April, 2023

Main duties of the job

The post will maintain and increase our current establishment of 18 Consultant Radiologists and allow further development of the imaging service, including extended day working.

The Diagnostic Imaging Service at both Whiston and St Helens Hospitals was awarded the highest possible CQC rating of ‘Outstanding’ (the only such acute Trust service in the country to be awarded this rating). The department operates an on-call rota which is approximately 1 in 14 with full SPR cover.

We are a progressive friendly department and we can offer flexible working patterns including the potential for home working as part of the job plan.

The successful candidate will be joining two other Breast Radiologists, two Advanced Practice Ultrasonographers and a team of Advanced Practice Radiographers who undertake most of the stereotactic tru-cut and vacuum assisted biopsies. The wider Breast Team includes four Consultant Surgeons, one Associate Specialist, four Breast Care Nurses and one Specialist Nurse. 

Working for our organisation

The Burney Breast unit is situated in spacious premises in the St Helens hospital.  There are numerous clinical consulting rooms and spacious waiting area. Radiology facilities include  2 mammography rooms equipped with modern Hologic  machines, one stereo attachment with Tomography capability. The tomography is used widely in assessments clinics , for problem solving, for stereo biopsies and localisations. There are 2 ultrasound rooms equipped with new GE Logic S8 and Logic E10 machines. The unit uses Magseeds for stereo and ultrasound- guided breast lesions localisations.

The radiology department has achieved the Quality standard for imaging (QSI) in 2019.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and one of the few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 360,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For more information regarding the main responsibilities and requirements essential for this role please refer to the ‘supporting documents’ heading  and review the job description and person specification which will outline the duties of the role including a proposed job plan.


St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

A £338 million (PFI) investment has re-built and modernised both Whiston and St Helens Hospitals, resulting in modern state of the art health care facilities for the treatment and care of patients. St Helens Hospital was completed in 2008 and Whiston Hospital in 2010. The hospitals include 887 inpatient beds with state-of-the-art CT and MRI facilities existing on both hospital sites. CT and MRI scanners at St Helens have also recently been upgraded including installation of a high field 3 Tesla MRI scanner. The DEXA scanner is also located at St Helens Hospital.

The Trust provides a full range of acute inpatient, outpatient, day case and emergency services to local communities of St Helens, Knowsley, parts of Halton and Liverpool. The Regional Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit also extends its services to the whole of Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales, and the Isle of Man.

As a Trust, our aim is to provide a high-quality service to all patients. We strive to meet the best standards for professional care whilst being sensitive and responsive to the needs of individual patients. Our valued workforce is recognised for their unique skills and talents with our teams of experts winning national awards on a regular basis.

Whiston Hospital

Whiston Hospital a busy teaching hospital which provides a comprehensive range of acute Medical and Surgical Services, Emergency Services, Maternity Services, Paediatrics and Medicine for Older People. The Regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Units are also based on this site. There is a Critical Care Unit consisting of ICU, HDU, CCU and an onsite Cardiac Catheter Laboratory. The stroke consultants deliver 24/7 thrombolysis to eligible patients presenting with acute stroke. There is a 30-bed Stroke Unit which accommodates both acute stroke patients and those with rehabilitation needs.

St Helens Hospital

St Helens Hospital is an Ambulatory Care Centre providing Intermediate Care and Day Surgery. Rheumatology, Dermatology and Diabetes services are based on this site and within easy reach of other acute specialties at Whiston Hospital.

Life in Merseyside

 Merseyside, which includes the great city of Liverpool, is within easy reach of North Wales, the Lake District and the Peak District and provides an interesting mix of rural and urban life. 

Liverpool is a vibrant, music city which has undergone a renaissance in recent years and has recently been named European City of Culture. 

High quality schools are available in Liverpool, Wirral and Rainhill areas. The area has many sports facilities including championship golf courses, several sailing clubs and one of the finest windsurfing venues in Britain. ‘Merseysiders’ are renowned for their friendliness and quick-witted humour and the region sports two of the finest football teams in the Premier League. 

The town of St Helens is renowned for its glassworks and rugby. The district has a population of around 340,000 and is of mixed residential, industrial, and rural character. It is situated on the edge of Merseyside, between the open countryside of Cheshire to the south and Lancashire to the north.

Manchester City Centre is a short 23 miles from Whiston Hospital; accesses to motorway networks are a short 5-minute drive (including M62 and M6).

Both Whiston and St Helens Hospitals are within easy reach of the City of Liverpool (20 minutes by car), and access to motorway networks (including M62, M6, M57 and M58) is also convenient. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC registration and on Specialist Register or within six months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or equivalent at time of interview CESR candidates must have written GMC confirmation of successful application
  • MB ChB or equivalent medical qualification
  • FRCR or equivalent
  • Success in intercollegiate speciality examination or overseas equivalent
  • CCT in Radiology (or within 6 months of date of interview)

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to undertake robust audit / research within team structure within the last 3 years.
  • Evidence of relevant academic achievements, e.g. degrees, awards, in the last 3 years.
  • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues
  • Capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstances
  • Appropriate knowledge base and ability to apply sound clinical judgement to clinical and imaging problems. X A/I
  • Demonstrates the necessary range, depth and breadth of competencies specified, to a high standard in a wide range of Breast imaging studies involving screening and symptomatic work, including Mammography, Breast Ultrasound and MRI. Must be proficient in image guided breast interventions, including ultrasound guided core/FNAC biopsies of breast and axillae, ultrasound and image guided stereotactic wire placements and biopsies.
  • Broad radiology skill and experience in plain film, US, CT and MRI.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of appropriate teaching experience within the last 3 years
  • Evidence of relevant research e.g. presentations, publications in peer reviewed journals within the last 3 years
  • Emergency / on call imaging experience


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication & capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation.
  • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade & negotiate
  • Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems/make decisions
  • Capacity to work effectively with others
  • Able to work in multi-professional teams
  • Able to supervise junior medical staff


Desirable criteria
  • Capacity to prioritise own workload

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Andrea Howes
Job title
Clinical Director
Email address
Telephone number
0151 430 1602
Additional information

Mrs Susan Conroy, Radiology Manager on 0151 430 1717

Potential applicants are strongly recommended to visit the department

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