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Consultant Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary (HPB) Surgeon

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Consultant Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary (HPB) Surgeon
Full time - 10 sessions per week (on call)
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Hepatobiliary Surgery Specialty - FH
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-22-167

We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for a highly motivated, ambitious individual to join our well integrated team. You will provide support to the HPB & Transplantation service (Liver/Kidney/SPK/Islets) in Newcastle.

You will provide an expert opinion on, and investigate and manage, those patients presenting to the Department of HPB Surgery in Newcastle.

You will be contributing to the management, delivery and development of the HPB service.  You will be responsible for patient care within this department.  You will also be a key member for delivery of abdominal organ transplantation.

You will primarily provide on-call commitment to the retrieval service at NUTH (1:10) and for HPB and Transplantation (1:10).

Alternative on call at the RVI to the emergency generally surgery service may be required according to the need of the directorate.

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact: Gourab Sen on 0191 2137144, or via email at

Please read attached Job Description and Person Specification document.

Main duties of the job

You will provide an expert opinion on, and investigate and manage, those patients presenting to the Department of HPB Surgery. You will provide support to the Transplantation service (Liver/Kidney/SPK/Islets) in Newcastle.

Primarily you will be contributing to the management, delivery and development of the HPB service.  You will be responsible for patient care within this department.  Newcastle is a national leader in robotic surgery, regional hub and spoke strategic HPB provision, acute/chronic pancreatitis, GEP-NETs, and research/innovation. We would expect the successful appointee to lead and develop subspecialty areas and to continue to enhance the national profile of Newcastle Hospitals.  We expect the successful appointee to be an innovator, and clearly demonstrate effective leadership skills, a track record of successful collaboration and team working together with self-development and the proven ability to deliver projects and initiatives.

You will primarily provide on-call commitment to the retrieval service at NUTH (1:10) and for HPB and Transplantation (1:10).

Alternative on call at the RVI to the emergency generally surgery service may be required according to the need of the directorate.

Working for our organisation

Management of complex HPB problems will involve appropriate modern surgical techniques and close team working, involving radiologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, endocrinologists to ensure the best outcomes possible for the people of the North East of England referred for an HPB opinion.

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:


  • Undertake administrative duties in relation to the care of your patients and in relation to the running of the Department of HPB Surgery.
  • You will be entitled to become a member of the Medical Staff Committee of the hospital.
  • To undertake general administrative duties within a context of compliance with Directorate and Trust aims and objectives.
  • 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.
  • To efficiently utilise theatre lists (including actively seeking additional theatre lists where appropriate with the job plan).
  • To efficiently manage ones diary, including on-call provisions. To work closely with colleagues to achieve this.
  • To have efficient, appropriate working relationships with the administrative and nursing team.
  • To build efficient working relationships with all trainees including Physician associates /Surgical care practitioners/Surgical assistants.
  • To work with the HPB cancer lead, the Cancer Services department and the clinical nurse specialist team to ensure a smooth journey for patients on a cancer pathway.


  • To collaborate with academic institutions to further research profile of the department.
  • To continue research activity and publish clinical research, contributing to the national HPB community.
  • To contribute to Departmental/Directorate/Trust HPB innovations and to personally lead appropriate projects.
  • The Trust welcomes and encourages research as a high profile activity that compliments the service.
  • Continue to publish in peer-reviewed journals.


  • Provide leadership to teaching of undergraduate medical students from the University of Newcastle in the investigation and management of HPB conditions.
  • Deliver teaching to Foundation, Core and Specialty trainees in either informal or formal settings (e.g. Newcastle Surgical Training Centre, regional SpR teaching programme).
  • To be a willing and competent surgical mentor in the education of the surgical craft (to junior and senior trainees).
  • To reflect on feedback to maintain the high educational standards expected of the Trust and HEENE.
  • To understand and clearly demonstrate the professional behaviours required of a dedicated educational/clinical supervisor.
  • Participate in the teaching and training of any other health care professionals (e.g. Physician Associates) 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).
  • Possession of the FRCS (Gen Surg) having offered Upper GI as the sub-speciality of choice.
Desirable criteria
  • Higher Degree.
  • Special skills training in the specialty.
  • Postgraduate qualification in medical education. (e.g. PCert Med Ed)

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.
  • Consistent evidence of independently performing HPB surgical procedures (e.g. hemi-hepatectomy, whipple, distal pancreatectomy).
  • Experience of MDM management of patients with acute and chronic pancreatitis.
  • Experience in the care of patients undergoing organ donation and the care and management of those organs.
  • Interest and the willingness to develop skills (including surgical) in the management of patients undergoing transplantation.
Desirable criteria
  • NHSBT accredited in organ retrieval for transplantation or clinical equivalence and commitment to gain NHSBT accreditation.
  • Experience of MDM management of patients with GEP-NETs
  • Experience in developing and delivering HPB outreach services.
  • Experience of HPB Consultant activity.

Management and Administration Experience

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of project leadership within the specialty.
  • An understanding of Clinical Governance.
  • Proven management and administrative experience and understanding of management goals.
  • Evidence of change management.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in developing and implementing new service provisions.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of effective supervision of junior medical staff, and other healthcare staff groups.
  • Experience of effective delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
  • Ability to effectively teach clinical / technical / practical skills.
  • Evidence of a reflective style of teaching in clinical, technical and practical areas.
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at courses to develop teaching/supervision/assessment skills.
  • Postgraduate qualification in medical education.
  • Evidence of conception, design and delivery of training courses.
  • Utilisation of trainee feedback to enhance training package content and personal delivery style.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of involvement in and understanding of research methodology and publication of findings.
  • Evidence of critical review of relevant literature.
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree. (PhD/MD/MPhil)
  • Evidence of involvement in authoring or reviewing clinical guidelines.
  • Publications in the last three years as first, last or corresponding author.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of a track record of completed audits.
  • Evidence of having changed practice as a result of audit.
  • Evidence of having revisited the audit to assess improvement.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience as departmental / directorate / Trust audit lead.
  • Audit prize

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Alignment with the Trust’s Core & Professional Behaviours.
  • Awareness of emotional intelligence and evidence of reflection of practice and appraisal.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of close collaboration with colleagues to achieve aligned unit goals.
  • 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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Veronika Tosheva
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