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Consultant Neurologist with an interest in Epilepsy

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Consultant Neurologist with an interest in Epilepsy
Full time - 10 sessions per week (On call)
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Neurology Specialty - RVI
Newcastle upon Tyne
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
03/07/2022 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-22-051

We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for a highly motivated, ambitious individual to join our well integrated team. We strongly encourage informal contact from clinicians and clinical academics worldwide.

This is a new post and therefore prospective candidates are encouraged to develop their own area of interest within the epilepsy team, looking to strengthen existing areas, or expand the service. You will be expected to contribute to the acute and general out-patient neurology service and support a specialist epilepsy service. You should also be agreeable to the possibility of a future local district general hospital attachment as the Department’s regional presence expands.

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.

Please read the attached Job Description and Person Specification document.

Main duties of the job

This post is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in the regional neurosciences centre. You will provide a general neurology service, comprising acute and elective outpatient and inpatient work, and will take part in the provision of a specialist service in epilepsy. Future expansion of the regional role of the department may introduce a contribution to the provision of services at a local district general hospital.

Within the epilepsy service we provide first seizure, epilepsy surgery, adolescent transition, neuro-obstetrics and learning disability/epilepsy clinics in addition to the general/complex epilepsy clinics.  Weekly MDTs are held with the neurophysiology department to review EEGs, and there is a twice monthly epilepsy surgery meeting. We are planning to expand our provision of vidoetelemetry. We are growing our team in 2022 and are looking for an enthusiastic new colleague. 

The appointee will be expected to participate in the weekly academic meetings and in the departmental teaching programme for the undergraduate medical students from Newcastle University.  They will also be expected to contribute to the postgraduate training.  

The appointee will be expected to undertake administrative duties in relation to the care of his/her patients and in relation to the running of the Department of Neurology in co-operation with the Head of Department, Departmental Manager and Clinical Director.

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”.

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact: Dr Tim Williams on 0191 2823026 or / Dr Shan Ellawela on 0191 2823011 or

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. For any further queries, please contact Veronika Tosheva HR Advisor at, quoting the post reference number.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Participate in departmental work in providing neurology services to our patients.
  • Contribute to the departmental on-call system.
  • Provide a specialist epilepsy service.


  • Undertake administrative duties in relation to the care of his/her patients and in relation to the running of the Department of Neuroradiology, in co-operation with the Heads of Department, Directorate Manager and Clinical Director.
  • 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 Directorate budget - 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 being studies that fall within the National Institute of Health Research Portfolio. This research activity can be supported by Clinical Research Network funding. The department will support candidates who look to develop a research career from within the NHS post. We have a number of excellent Clinical Research Nurses who are currently helping us recruit to a number of national and international multicentre trials such as ARISE, BioJuME, CoreVNS and the AED registry study.  


It is anticipated that you will:

  • Participate in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
  • Participate in the teaching and training of other health care professionals within the Directorate.
  • Be actively involved in the clinical supervision of all postgraduate trainees in 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).
Desirable criteria
  • MD, PhD or equivalent, ideally with a focus on epilepsy.
  • Evidence of subspecialty training in epilepsy.

Clinical Experience

Essential criteria
  • Training and experience in all aspects of Neurology.
  • 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.
Desirable criteria
  • Interest and experience in epilepsy and epilepsy surgery; specialist fellowship or further training in epilepsy.

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.
  • Publications in the last three years as first author.


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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