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Consultant Cardiologist with an interest in Cardiac Rhythm Management

Consultant Cardiologist with an interest in Cardiac Rhythm Management

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Consultant Cardiologist with an interest in Cardiac Rhythm Management
Full time
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Cardiology Specialty - FH
Newcastle upon Tyne
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
27/06/2022 23:59

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview


We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for a highly motivated, ambitious individual to join our well-integrated team.

The successful candidate will possess a subspecialty interest in cardiac rhythm management and will have experience in all aspects of management of heart rhythm disorders in patients with and without heart disease. They will have experience of all aspects of current standard Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device implantation and management (including CRT). The successful candidate will have experience in implanted cardiac device extraction and this will be a key component of their work. It is expected that, over time, he or she will take a lead role in the future delivery and development of the regional device extraction service. It is also expected that the candidate will develop themselves in a national role in the future of cardiac rhythm management and will provide clinical leadership to enable the cardiac rhythm management service to remain highly regarded across the NHS – through research and the development and introduction of novel pacing procedures such as leadless devices, His-Bundle pacing and subcutaneous device therapy.

Closing Date:               Midnight on 27 June 2022

Interview Date:            8 July 2022


Main duties of the job

To maintain high quality care for patients with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs) and to develop innovative care for patients with Heart Rhythm Disorders requiring CIEDs. To lead the Cardiac Rhythm Management Service.

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact: Dr Ewen Shepherd on 0191 2448132, or via email at


Working for our organisation

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its best – with people at our heart”.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.  The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  •  Contribute 1:8 to the Electrophysiology on-call service.
  • Receive Heart Rhythm referrals from Secondary Care for device implantation and explantation.
  • Receive and manage Heart Rhythm referrals (and some General Cardiology) from Primary Care.
  • Contribute to the General Cardiology needs of the Department.
  • Further develop the adult inherited cardiac conditions service.


  •  Develop a clinical leadership role overseeing the delivery of care by the Cardiac Rhythm Management department.


  •  Develop device-based research protocols or attract device-based multicentre trials.
  • Innovate in the delivery of novel device-based therapy.


  • Contribute to undergraduate teaching opportunities within the Department.


 In line with the Trust’s core value of placing patients at the heart of everything we do, we are developing our service provision to be responsive to the needs of our patients. To meet those needs some staff groups will be increasingly asked to work a more flexible work pattern so that they can offer services in the evening or weekend.  As a result, any offer of employment to a consultant post will be subject to you agreeing to work a new more flexible pattern or working in the future if required, including evening and weekend work.


Person specification

Education, Qualifications and Specialist Skills

Essential criteria
  • Primary Medical Qualification.
  • Full GMC Registration.
  • Entry onto the GMC Specialist Register (within 6 months from the date of the AAC).
  • IBHRE/EHRA accreditation/HRUK accreditation.
Desirable criteria
  • Higher Degree.
  • Special skills training in the specialty.

Clinical Experience

Essential criteria
  • Completion of CCT in Cardiology with completion of modules in Advanced Heart Rhythm Management
  • Willingness to train in device extraction techniques.
  • Ability to offer an expert Cardiological Heart Rhythm clinical opinion.
  • Ability to take independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients referred to a tertiary centre.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of previous training and involvement of device extraction.
  • Evidence of experience in implantation of novel Heart Rhythm Devices (such as Subcutaneous ICD, Leadless pacemakers or His-Bundle pacemakers).
  • Evidence of training in inherited cardiac diseases.

Management and Administration Experience

Essential criteria
  • Involvement with management and project leadership within the specialty.
  • Evidence of involvement in authoring or reviewing clinical guidelines.
  • An understanding of Clinical Governance.
Desirable criteria
  • Proven management and administrative experience and understanding of management goals.
  • Evidence of leadership / project management.
  • Evidence of involvement in authoring or reviewing clinical guidelines.
  • An understanding of Clinical Governance.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of supervising junior medical staff.
  • Experience of participation in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
  • Ability to teach clinical / technical / practical skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at courses to develop teaching skills.
  • Postgraduate qualification in medical education.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of involvement in and understanding of research methodology and publication of findings.
  • Research/critical review of literature.
  • Publications in the last five years.
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of participation in audit.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of having changed practice as a result of audit.
  • Evidence of having revisited the audit to assess improvement.

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Alignment with the Trust’s Core & Professional Behaviours.
  • Flexible approach to service delivery and committed approach to development.
  • Committed to share in professional, managerial and teaching responsibilities necessary to fulfil the obligations of the Directorate to the Trust and its workforce.
  • A commitment to personal / unit CPD.
  • Ability and willingness to work the on-call rota.
  • Ability and willingness to work a more flexible pattern of working in the future if required, including evening and weekend work.

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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

Claudia Sweeney
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Senior HR Advisor
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