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Critical Care
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
6 months (Fixed term)
Full time: 10 sessions per week
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Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Royal Liverpool Hospital
£82,096 - £110,683 gross per annum
04/12/2020 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Locum ITU Consultant

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

On 1st October 2019, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created, through the merger of Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. The newly formed Trust is responsible for managing services at Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Bringing together a combined workforce of over 12,000 staff, the Trust has become the largest NHS employer in Merseyside and Cheshire. As well as providing general hospital services to the local population, the Trust provides a range of highly specialist services to more than two million people in the North West and beyond.

This merger has been driven by clinicians, who for a long time have recognised that a union of the Trusts will enable significant changes that will transform the way healthcare is delivered.  The aim is to address the current levels of variation and fragmentation that exists between acute hospital services in Liverpool, and to ensure that all services are of the highest quality. The new Trust will also seek to influence the wider determinants of health by closer involvement in employment, housing and education, and to be part of a first class research and scientific development partnership with Higher Education and business enterprise across the city and beyond.

These changes, which will take place over the next few years, through a phased approach, building on the skills and talents of a fantastic workforce, to spread best practice, deliver innovation and provide sustainable services for patients. This will be achieved by reconfiguring services, centralised where necessary, local where possible and focusing on staff; with an ambition to be the best place for staff to train and work

We will soon be opening a new state of the art hospital. The new hospital will provide every patient with a single bedroom with en-suite facilities. We believe that modern healthcare is as much about privacy, comfort and dignity as it is about pioneering treatments and cutting-edge technology. Please look at our digital pack for videos and further information:



A vacancy has arisen for a fixed-term locum consultant in critical care medicine to join our diverse and dynamic team of consultants within the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Liverpool Hospital site). The clinical commitment is to a busy and progressive adult general intensive care unit (ICU, 18 beds, over 800 admissions a year), and to the high dependency unit (HDU, 14 beds, over 800 admissions a year), currently managed by 17 critical care consultants. A separate Post-Operative Critical Care Unit (POCCU) with 4 beds is managed by the Anaesthesia Directorate.

The LUHFT Trust also has a Critical Care Unit on the Aintree Hospitals site, with 23 beds.

The successful applicant must be trained in and be able to demonstrate in-depth experience of Intensive Care Medicine. Applicants must be on, or within six months of being eligible for, the Specialist Register with accreditation in Intensive Care Medicine.

We are looking forward to the completion of a new Royal Liverpool Hospital building in which theatres and critical care will occupy one floor. There will be 20 ITU beds, 10 HDU beds and 10 POCCU beds, although it is probable that initially only 37 beds will be commissioned. This will be a state of the art facility whose design we have been closely involved with from the outset, with single rooms for all patients. There are 14 isolation rooms protected by anterooms and filtered air flow. Huge investment is being made into a unified electronic patient record, with stakeholder input into its development.

The critical care consultants also support a well-established nurse-led Critical Care Outreach Team (CCOT) which delivers a seven-day service to the hospital.

This is a standalone ICM post, but as the directorate has strong relationships with the other specialities, it is usually possible, following discussions between the successful applicants, the Trust and the other specialty, to support clinical sessions in that specialty (maximum of 2.5 PAs).

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in clinical audit, clinical governance activities, teaching and consultant appraisal.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Dr Peter Hampshire
Job title
Clinical Lead of Critical Care
Email address
Telephone number
0151 706 3191 (PA)
Additional information

Prospective candidates are welcome to visit the hospital by arrangement with the ICU PA (Alison Fullard) on 0151 706 3191, to discuss the post with the Clinical Lead of Critical Care (Dr Peter Hampshire, Candidates are also invited to arrange a meeting with the Chief Executive (Mr Steven Warburton,, and the Medical Director (Dr Tristan Cope, of the Trust by contacting the Trust Office on 0151 706 3138.

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