Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Neurosurgery Senior Spinal Clinical Fellow

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Fixed Term
Full Time
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Neurosurgery - Medical A68500
£31,217 to £49,086 pa
07/05/2019 23:59

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use values-based interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significance difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit  http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values/default.aspx



An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior clinical fellow to join a dynamic Spinal Neurosurgery team at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford from August 2019. The successful candidate will follow a one year programme, obtaining comprehensive experience in managing adult patients with spinal pathologies.  Training will include an emphasis on diagnostic techniques, as well as surgical and non-surgical treatments.

The post holder will obtain broad ranging experience and training in the management of a wide variety of spinal conditions. We offer a broad range of surgeries for degenerative spine, spinal dysraphisms, spinal vascular pathologies, intradural and extramedullary tumour surgery, and spinal trauma. Minimally invasive surgical techniques have been adopted, as well as lateral approaches to surgery. The unit is about to introduce full endoscopic spinal surgery. The Spinal Neurosurgery service is currently involved in a planned integration with the Spinal Orthopaedic service. This will provide the successful candidate with comprehensive spinal surgery training. There will also be opportunities to gain experience with the functional neurosurgery service which includes spinal neuromodulation for pain and spasticity management.

Duties will be tailored to the needs of the clinical fellow but will include:

·         Leading the daily ward round attended by the junior doctors and Spinal ANP. The successful candidate will be expected to be competent at recognising and managing medically and surgically deteriorating post-operative patients and be able to coordinate their care in conjunction with nursing and senior team members. The fellow will be closely supported by the Consultant body.

·         Ensure smooth management of unscheduled and scheduled spinal surgery patients admitted under their care. Attend morning handover and X-ray meetings with the wider team

·         Careful pre-operative preparation of patients for theatre. The service has a robust preoperative assessment process for elective surgery but the Fellow will be expected to review all pre-operative patients on the day of surgery to ensure efficient running of the operating lists.

·         Attendance in theatre. The successful candidate will gain excellent exposure and opportunities to develop specific surgical skills in spinal surgery (appropriate to the level of experience).

·         Leading spinal out-patient clinics, assessing new referrals and follow-up patients.

·         Attending and contributing to decision making in the weekly Spinal Neurosurgery MDT meetings.

·         Participating in the general Neurosurgery on-call rota.

There are currently 4 x Spinal Neurosurgery Consultants, forming part of a dedicated, cohesive and dynamic multidisciplinary team. The team is supported by a Spinal Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Spinal Specialist Physiotherapist, MDT coordinator, Neuroradiologist and the wider neurosurgery trainee medical team.

Candidates are expected to be post CCT or nearing completion.  Preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the European Union. However, candidates from outside the European Union are encouraged to apply for these posts and the Trust will support tier 2 visa applications where appropriate.

Interviews are planned for May/June 2019.

There is a possibility of banding 

Salary: £31,217.00pa - £49,086.00pa

Advert Closing Date: 07/05/2019

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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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