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Full Time (10 sessions)
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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
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Royal Gwent Hospital
£75,881 - £98,515 pa
13/11/2018 23:59
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Consultant Rheumatologist


If you are successful at interview for this post you will receive your conditional offer of appointment and information pack via email.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time. Therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration for this post. If you are short listed for this post, you will be contacted via your email account you used to apply for this post, therefore please check your account regularly.

Gwahoddir ymgeiswyr i wneud cais yn Gymraeg, ni fydd unrhyw gais a gyflwynir drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na cheisiadau a wneir yn y Saesneg

All applicants are invited to apply in welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.


Closing Date for Applications: Midnight on 13/11/2018

This is a Substantive Consultant post. The appointee will assist in providing clinical service in Rheumatology for the population of Gwent area. In addition there will be a weekly academic session at the University Hospital of Wales. The post holder will be fully involved in education, research and development, and clinical audit programmes, and will be expected to play a major part in the academic development of the Rheumatology Service in South East Wales. Evidence of a commitment to research and teaching is therefore essential. A specialist interest that complements existing areas of specialisation in Gwent (metabolic bone disease, early inflammatory arthritis, connective tissue disease) and at the University Hospital of Wales would be encouraged.

The number of SPAs may vary with the agreement of the post holder and the Health Board in advance or after commencement and an increase in SPAs would accompany an agreement to take on additional duties such as educational supervision of a junior doctor.

The Gwent Rheumatology Service endeavours to provide an equitable, Gwent-wide service for all patients. The primary base of the service is at the Royal Gwent Hospital, which provides a full inpatient beds, day case unit and outpatient service. Facilities are also available at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport for emergency admissions and at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, the Royal Gwent Hospital and St Woolos Hospital for outpatients. A major feature of this service is that a broad range of expertise in rheumatic disease is available, through the link with the University Hospital of Wales which provides a tertiary referral centre encompassing expertise in paediatric rheumatology. All posts will be strongly supported by clinical specialists in physiotherapy and occupational therapy in both North and South Gwent.

Outpatient clinics will be held at The Royal Gwent Hospital. There is a six bed rheumatology day unit at Nevill Hall Hospital providing biologics infusion services and access to inpatient beds at the Royal Gwent and Nevill Hall Hospitals.

An additional feature of this service is a commitment to working with general practitioners to develop their role on the longer term management of rheumatic diseases. The appointee will need to be actively involved in taking forward this work through GP discussion groups, continuing education and the development of protocols and clinical pathways.

The existing Gwent Consultants are all strongly committed to the weekly South Wales, Cardiff-based Academic programme and are also involved in a working party looking at the creation of a Wales Arthritis Rheumatology network.

All existing Consultants are involved in teaching Medical Students from the school of Medicine, Cardiff University during the musculoskeletal block of their training in Gwent. Regular multidisciplinary meetings on a two monthly basis have also been established.

The non-consultant staff at Nevill Hall Hospital comprises one training registrar and a FP1 & CMT (shared equally with Haematology).There are also seven clinical nurse specialists and two rheumatology support nurse providing specialist services, infusions and a telephone helpline service in the Gwent area.

Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr has replaced the 85 year old Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital, Ystrad Mynach Hospital Ty Sirhowy Mental Health Unit and smaller community hospitals in the area with the most up to date health facilities. The hospital has 269 beds, all in single ensuite bedrooms which will help to provide high quality care, reduce hospital acquired infection rates and give patients the privacy and dignity they need. The hospital also has a 24-hour local emergency centre, integrated mental health unit, and provides day surgery, and comprehensive diagnostic, outpatient and therapy services. The new hospital is at the heart of plans being developed by Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Caerphilly County Borough Council (CCBC) to improve health and social care for the local population.

Facilities: office accommodation, secretarial support and full IT facilities will be provided. 

Free parking is available across all Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Sites.

Those wishing to discuss the post informally in the first instance or arrange a visit to the department should contact Dr Eleri Thomas Consultant Rheumatologist on 01633 238334 or Dr Syed Ayas Consultant Rheumatologist on 01873 732369.

This position involves Regulated Activity with children and/or adults as defined by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012) and the following checks will be undertaken following any conditional offer:

  • Enhanced check with barred list information, including
  •  an adults and children’s barred list check

Candidates for Consultant posts must also be on the GMC Specialist Register (including via CESR/European Community Rights) or will have a CCT/CESR (CP) date within 6 months of interview.

Applicants must hold full registration and a licence to practice with the GMC.

This post is not included on the current UK Shortage Occupation List and is subject to the rules outlined in the attachment ‘Resident Labour Market Test Guidance’.

 Vacancy Ref: 040-CON330-R                   

Closing Date for Applications: Midnight on 13/11/2018

Published on NHS Jobs and Trac: 17/10/2018

Published in BMJ: (Consultants only) 20/10/2018

Interview Date: 12/12/2018 (Consultant Only)


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Those wishing to discuss the post informally in the first instance or arrange a visit to the department should contact Dr Eleri Thomas Consultant Rheumatologist on 01633 238334 or Dr Syed Ayas Consultant Rheumatologist on 01873 732369.

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01633 623349