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Palliative Medicine
NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor
8 months (Fixed term for 8 months)
Full time - 10 sessions per week (Additional non resident on call (band 1b) 1 in 6 rota)
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Velindre Cancer Centre
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Marie Curie Hospice Cardiff and the Vale and Velindre Cancer Centre
£37,923 - £70,719 Specialty Doctor payscale (£37923-£70719) pro rata plus on call supplement
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COVID-19 Vacancy Specialty Doctor in Palliative Medicine

NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor

Thank you for your interest in working for Velindre Cancer Centre (VCC), which is a committed equal opportunities employer. VCC welcomes applications from people who share our vision;


Velindre University NHS Trust will be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a renowned organisation of excellence for patient and donor care, education and research.


our values;

  • BE Accountable
  • BE Bold
  • BE Caring
  • BE Dynamic

& who will complement our current experienced and specialist employees who are passionate about working in an organisation with the ambition to provide world class services & care to our patients.


VCC is an amazing place to work & develop your career. It is undertaking a 5 year transformation programme which will enable cancer services to meet the future needs of our patients across South East Wales. Not only will programme see VCC moving into a new purpose built cancer hospital, it will provide opportunities for patients to receive treatments closer to their homes. The infrastructure changes will offer our employees opportunities to work across a number of sites, in new and different ways, create development opportunities & increase flexible working practices.


VCC provides our employees with a favourable salary and reward / staff benefits & support package.


For more information on this vacancy please contact the recruiting manager, who will be pleased to discuss it with you.


Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.


The Trust also reserves the right to close a vacancy early or withdraw an advertisement at any stage of the process, to enable internal staff requiring to be redeployed in suitable roles.


Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.



Job Title:          Specialty Doctor in Palliative Medicine x 2

Pay:                  Specialty Doctor salary scale  (£45,124 - £77519) pro rata                            plus on call supplement

Hours of Work: Full time (10 sessions) plus non-resident on call

Department:    Palliative Medicine

Base :               Velindre University NHS Trust

Duration :        8 months

Purpose of the posts

To provide medical support for Velindre cancer Centre patients in Cardiff, predominantly through assessment unit, inpatient unit, and where appropriate for patients accessing the day therapy and outpatients services. May also cross-link with City Hospice or Marie Curie Commnity Service, depending on greatest patient need during this time.

Overview of the post

The post is suitable for an enthusiastic applicant, looking to work within a dynamic palliative care team for an initial period of 8 months, with the potential for extension. The post comprises 10 sessions with Velindre Cancer Centre (VCC), although less than full time working will be considered including a GP with special interests. Full MRCGP or MRCP will be required for this post

Velindre is a tertiary cancer centre, and is the largest cancer centre in Wales, serving the 1.5 million population of Cardiff and the South-East region of the country. It is part of Velindre University NHS Trust and provides specialist non-surgical cancer services for the people of South East Wales. The other division of the Trust contains the Welsh Blood Service and the National Wales Informatics Service.

The Oncology Centre is a modern purpose built unit receiving over 5,500 new referrals each year. There are inpatient ward areas , chemotherapy outpatient clinics and an active assessment unit and Acute Oncology Service. The department is strengthened by a network of Palliative Medicine Consultants and has close links with the Marie Curie Hospice Penarth.

The palliative care team work very closely with City Hospice community palliative care team and the Marie curie community service, as well as the various hospital support teams. Velindre University NHS Trust has been the employing authority for consultants in palliative medicine in South East Wales for decades, enabling a hub and spokes model of working and ensuring that governance structures are in place. This post will be part of this network.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Working within the MDT to provide holistic palliative care to patients, addressing physical symptoms, psychological and spiritual needs and social issues, as well as providing patients and families the opportunity to gain further insight into their illness and plan for their future health and care needs (advance care planning).
  • The main clinical role of the post holder will be completing assessments, and working with a highly experienced team of clinical nurse specialist for patients referred to the service
  • There will be scope to support in assessment of both new and follow up patients on wards, in outpatients, in day care and possibly community settings
  • To input into, and when competent to do so to lead, weekly MDT meetings.
  • To provide sound medical advice to members of the MDT, as well as SHOs, consultant oncologists, GPs and other healthcare practitioners where required.
  • Good record keeping and communication, including timely liaison with and dictation of letters to GP’s and other relevant health care professionals, and accurate documentation in patient notes.
  • To work closely with other palliative care services within the Cardiff and Vale University health Board (hospice inpatient and hospital palliative care teams) to ensure excellent communication and, where required, seamless transitions of patient care.
  • To participate in educational opportunities, such as teaching the clinical MDT and medical student tutorials.
  • To participate in Clinical Governance activities, such as audit and service improvement projects.
  • To maintain Continuing Professional Development with support of the palliative medicine Consultants, as well as complete annual appraisals as set out by the GMC.
  • To observe Velindre University NHS Trust’s agreed policies and procedures, and to complete all required mandatory training.
  • To maintain a high standard of clinical practice, as set out in the GMC’s “Good Medical Practice”.
  • The post-holder will input into the 1:6 middle grade on call rota for Cardiff and the Vale through, providing non-resident medical to cover the Marie Curie Hospice Cardiff and the Vale inpatient unit. Locum shifts may also become available


  • Appropriate desk space with relevant computer access to meet clinical demands will be available.
  • Secretarial support is provided by two dedicated clinical secretaries.
  • Library facilities are available.

Job Plan:

The duties described here are provisional and will be the subject of review and amendment to meet clinical need.





Ward Work

Administrative duties/SPA


Consultant Ward Round/Teaching

Ward/Assessment Unit Work



Administrative duties/SPA


Palliative Care Clinic

Palliative Care MDT/Administrative duties/SPA


Ward Work/teaching/AOS

Administrative duties/clinical supervision


Main Conditions of Service:

The salary applicable is on the Speciality Doctor pay scale for Wales and will be specified in the contract.

Annual leave entitlement is in line with the Speciality Doctor annual leave entitlement, i.e. 5 weeks per year, except where the immediate previous post had 6 weeks entitlement, in which case 6 weeks applies.

Appointees will be required to complete a satisfactory health questionnaire (in confidence) to Velindre University NHS Trust before taking up employment and to have obtained criminal records bureau clearance.

Velindre University NHS Trust will require the appointee to have, and maintain, full registration with the General Medical Council

Any offer of appointment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory references.

The nature of the work of this post is exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of the Offenders Act, l974 (Exemption Order l975). Applicants are, therefore, not entitled to withhold information about convictions under the Act and, in the event of employment, any failure to disclose such convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Trust. Any information given will be completely confidential and will be considered only in relation to an application for positions to which the Order applies. 

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply. 

Interview date: 21st June 2021

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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.

Welsh language skills are desirable

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Further details / informal visits contact

Professor mark Taubert
Job title
Clinical Director Palliative Medicine
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Can also contact Dr Jo Hayes, Medical Director, Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and Vale at 02920426000

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