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Consultant in Acute Medical Unit (AMU)

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
  • Full time
  • Part time
10 sessions per week
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
17/04/2023 23:59

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is looking to recruit highly motivated Substantive Consultant Physicians with expertise in General and Acute Medicine to supplement our established team of 9 WTE colleagues. The successful candidates will work closely with colleagues from all specialties in managing patients on the Acute Medicine Unit, Same Day Emergency Care and Covid Admission ward.

These posts are specifically required to bolster the existing workforce as the hospital maintains its usual high levels of activity whilst dealing with the continued presence of Covid 19.

We would welcome applications from physicians with a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT- or equivalent) in either Acute Medicine or General (Internal) Medicine or other specialties wishing to practice Acute Medicine.

A candidate who is unable for personal reasons to undertake the duties of a whole-time post will receive equal consideration and should such a candidate be appointed the job content will be modified as appropriate in consultation with consultant colleagues and local management.

AAC panel to meet 22nd May 2023

Main duties of the job

Acute Medicine “Take”

Acute Medicine consultants are responsible for the assessment, investigation, diagnosis and management of acutely unwell patients – this primarily involves providing early senior clinical input and decision making which has been proven to improve patient outcomes.

Emergency Department in reach

An Acute Medicine consultant is to be based in the emergency department to support diagnosis and early referral to the acute medical unit.

Frailty unit

AMU are pleased to work closely with The Older People’s Medicine (OPM) directorate, alongside ED teams, to minimise inappropriate admission of older people. The OPM directorate are a dynamic team and currently operate a parallel short stay ward for older people who have a mean length of stay of 3 days. The OPM team also currently runs a parallel on call rota to offer direct review of patients over 80 attending the AMU and are in the process of developing a dedicated expanded frailty unit with the support of the AMU and medical division. 

Working for our organisation

We have a Lead Consultant in charge of the unit during the day, supported by a Nurse Co-ordinator. We also have a Floor Acute Medicine Consultant who assists the Lead Consultant with reviewing patients. They coordinate the working day and prioritise where staffing should be placed, based on safety and demand. The on-call consultant is responsible for the running of the department and has oversight of clinical safety overnight.

The consultant will work closely with many specialities across the Trust and build good working relationships with teams.

Duties will be rotated as determined by the rota.

All of the above consultants would be active participants in the Acute Medicine on-call rota. Current on-call duties finish at 10pm. The appointee should reside 30 minutes away from the hospital site in order to carry out these duties.

Within AMU

To be a specialist in the acute assessment, investigation, diagnosis and management of patients.

To stabilise and manage patients with medical emergencies

To lead the Ambulatory care service

To be at the forefront of the hospital involved in development and improvement of services to allow safe provision of care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please read the attached job description for comprehensive details of the Consultant positions available

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration License to practice
  • MRCP or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Acute Medicine experience in the UK
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in research or published papers in area of special interest. Experience in Critical Care Medicine


Essential criteria
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to Acute Medicine throughout training and beyond
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in pathology and support staff

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Duduzile Musa
Job title
Consultant and Service Director for AMU
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