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Consultant in Anaesthetics (Major General Anaesthesia)


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Full time - 10 sessions per week (10 PAs)
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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Trust
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Salary period
11/04/2023 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

Applications are invited for the post of General Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Major General Anaesthesia. Special interests in most major sub interests of Anaesthesia can usually be accommodated.

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

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.  Additionally, people with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post.  The Trust operates job share and flexible working.  

Main duties of the job

The appointee will take his/her share of clinical responsibilities within the Department of Anaesthesia.  This will include provision for peri-operative assessment.

In addition to duties within subspeciality, the appointee will be required to provide anaesthesia for adult patients in all specialties as appropriate to his/her training and experience.

There is an on-call commitment of approximately 1:20 basis, providing cover for emergency, thoracic and vascular emergencies. Separate on-call rosters exist for paediatric anaesthesia, weekend orthopaedic trauma, intensive care medicine and obstetric anaesthesia. In addition the appointee will cover a shoulder shift (18:30 to 20:00) in emergency theatres approximately once in every 4 weeks.


Working for our organisation

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) is a 1300 bed tertiary teaching hospital providing surgical services for a population of approximately 1 million, serving patients from the James Paget Hospital (Great Yarmouth), and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (King’s Lynn) as well as those living in its own catchment area.  

The Anaesthetic department is one of the busiest in the country providing support for approximately 30000 surgical procedures per annum. It has recently been awarded the prestigious Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA). The department supports 26 theatres (17 inpatient, 6 Day Surgery, 3 regional anaesthesia only), 2 Obstetric Theatres, Eye Theatres and remote Anaesthesia in various other locations around the Trust. A new 2 theatre dedicated Paediatric Theatre complex is due to open in October 2022 and a dedicated 2 theatre elective Orthopaedic Surgical suite is due to open in January 2023. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see Job Description for further information.

All consultants, including the appointee, will be expected to be involved in implementing the Trust’s Clinical Governance programme.  This includes active participation in clinical audit, quality, clinical guidelines/pathways, professional development, appraisal and risk management.

The appointee will be a member of the Consultant Staff Committee and be expected to serve on this committee.

Further, the appointee will support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, whereby all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH’s ‘PRIDE’ values of People focused, Respect, Dedication, Integrity and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • FRCA or equivalent.
  • • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register in Anaesthesia or eligible for entry within 6 months of the date of interview
  • • Evidence of Higher training in anaesthesia Major General Surgery.
Desirable criteria
  • • MD, PhD or other postgraduate qualification (PGCert, PGDip, MSc)
  • • ALS/EPLS/ATLS instructor or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • • Good communicator.
  • • Capable of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • • Enthusiasm for service development and teaching
  • • Prepared to work in shared office space.


Essential criteria
  • • Applicants who are Nationals from another European country or elsewhere overseas would have to show equivalence to the 5 years training period in the National Health Service required for the specialty
Desirable criteria
  • • Post CCT experience in Anaesthesia for Major General surgery.


Essential criteria
  • • Commitment to continue to develop an appropriate specialist interest.
  • • Evidence of interest in education and training.
  • • Evidence of engagement with research and audit.
Desirable criteria
  • • Publications in peer reviewed journals
  • • PGCert in Medical Education or equivalent.
  • • Up to date GCP training


Essential criteria
  • • Flexible outlook on working hours.
  • • Must live within a 15-mile radius of the base Trust or 30 minutes travelling time.
  • • Full Driving License.
  • • Full registration with GMC including licence to practice.

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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 Michael Irvine
Job title
Chief of Service (Theatres/Anaesthesia/CCC)
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