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Consultant Breast Surgeon

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Consultant Breast Surgeon
Full time - 10 sessions per week (on call)
Job ref
Breast Surgery Specialty - RVI
Newcastle upon Tyne
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
28/06/2022 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




REF. 317-CON-22-158

We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for a highly motivated, ambitious individual to join our well integrated team. This is a new Consultant post for a retired colleague.

You will be responsible for the diagnosis and management of patients with disorders of the breast, which will include the prevention and treatment of deformities.  You must be able to work effectively and efficiently within a team managing patients with breast disorders, including other breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, radiologists and breast care nurse specialists.  You must possess experience and skills in modern oncoplastic and reconstructive surgical techniques.

In addition to the challenges of the role, we can offer you a commitment to teaching, education, research and audit.

Candidates for the post must be registered medical practitioners and on, or eligible to join, the Specialist Register within six months of the date of the Appointments Committee.

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact:

Dr Jeremy French, Clinical Director at or 0191 24 48750,

Dr Adam Critchley, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at   or 0191 28 26634.

Please read attached Job Description and Person Specification document.

Main duties of the job

You will provide an expert opinion, investigate and manage those patients presenting to the Newcastle Breast Unit with known or suspected disorders of the breast.

Management of these problems will involve appropriate modern surgical techniques and close team working involving radiologists, pathologists and plastic/reconstructive surgeons to ensure the best outcomes possible for the people of the North East of England with malignant or benign breast conditions.

You will provide collaborative surgery with other breast surgeons.

You will take independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients referred to a secondary and tertiary centre.

You will be expected to attend and actively contribute to the weekly Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings.

There will not be any commitment to providing an emergency on-call service.

You will participate in Continued Medical Education in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

You will also undertake an annual appraisal and job plan review

It is a condition of employment that so far as is reasonably practicable, all employees must minimise the risk of infection to themselves, colleagues, patients, relatives and visitors. In so doing, you must be familiar with, and adhere to Trust policies on infection prevention and control, including attendance at Trust Induction programmes and statutory education programmes in infection prevention and control.

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 15,000 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”.

You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please complete the application form in full, ensuring that you provide references to cover the last 3 years.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • You will manage clinics treating and providing follow-up care to symptomatic and screen-detected breast patients.
  • You will participate in all aspects of clinical governance, making a significant contribution to multi-disciplinary audit and risk management activities.
  • You will provide a major contribution to the work necessary for NHSLA assessments.
  • You will assist the Surgical Services Directorate Manager and Clinical Director in the timely investigation of complaints – working to provide reports within the timeframe set out by Trust policy.
  • You will contribute to the general organisation and running of the breast surgical services within the Trust, working in collaboration with colleagues.


  • You will undertake administrative duties in relation to the care of your patients and in relation to the running of the Department of Breast Surgery. You are entitled to become a member of the Medical Staff Committee of the hospital.
  • You will undertake general administrative duties within a context of compliance with Directorate and Trust aims and objectives.
  • You will become involved with the financial management of the department – at all times looking to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to agreed standards, but at the same time reviewing working practices to provide the most efficient use of resources.


  • The Trust welcomes and encourages research as a high-profile activity that compliments the service provided. The emphasis lies with studies that fall within the National Institute of Health Research portfolio.


  • You will participate in the teaching of undergraduate medical students from the University of Newcastle in all parts of the course, but specifically in the investigation and management of disorders of the breast.
  • You will participate in the teaching and clinical supervision of junior medical staff and nursing staff.
  • You will participate in the teaching and training of any other health care professionals within the Directorate.


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).
  • At least one year’s specialist training in breast oncology surgery, and a further year of breast oncoplastic training in a recognised fellowship scheme, or equivalent. Established Consultants can show equivalent experience.
Desirable criteria
  • Higher Degree.
  • Special skills training in the specialty.
  • FRCS (Gen Surg) or FRCS (Plastics).

Clinical Experience

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of experience in the specialty.
  • Evidence of a substantial commitment to the specialty.
  • Ability to offer an expert clinical opinion within the speciality.
  • Ability to take independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients referred to a tertiary centre.
  • Minimum of 6 months specialist oncoplastic breast training.

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 having implemented change.
  • Experience in developing and implementing new technologies.


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.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

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

Veronika Tosheva
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HR Advisor
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