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Consultant Physician - Respiratory Medicine and Thoracic Oncology

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
Lung Cancer
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
10 PAs
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Wythenshawe site
£77,913 to 105,042 per annum
24/10/2018 23:59

Be part of our innovative, forward thinking and award winning team

Wythenshawe Hospital led the first National Health Service commissioned Lung Health Check pilot, incorporating lung cancer screening, across the City of Manchester, which was designed to attract those patients at high risk of lung cancer. A multi-professional team designed a pragmatic evidence based programme centred on a community-based “one stop shop” for nurse led assessment and same-day LDCT scanning. Over 2500 participants were assessed with more than 1300 eligible for LDCT scanning yielding over 4.5% mainly early stage lung cancers following referral and assessment by the specialist team at the North West Lung Centre, with high rates of radical treatment (>92%). 

The outcomes of the prevalence round of the Lung Heath Check pilot have been published in Thorax (February 2018) and the projected benefits of early diagnosis from the lung health check programme comply with NHS thresholds of cost effectiveness.

Due to the nationally acknowledged success of the pilot, Wythenshawe Hospital has recently secured a £4.2M contract to expand NHS screening to 36 North Manchester GP practices, from which we expect over 450 referrals, 250 lung cancers and 170 surgically resected early stage lung cancers. Separately, the Greater Manchester Health & social Care Partnership are exploring the extension of lung cancer screening to the 3.2million population.

In addition, the new posts will have responsibility for delivering the thoracic oncology service alongside existing colleagues, led by Dr Richard Booton (Lead Lung Cancer Clinician) & Dr Anna Sharman (Lead Thoracic Oncology Radiologist), within a large multi-disciplinary team. This will involve responsibility for the RAPID Hub, outpatient clinics, diagnostic lists, ward cover and management of admissions. The post holder will be actively involved in the organisation and delivery of the lung cancer MDTs and have responsibility for co-ordinating accelerated pathways. As part of these posts, along with other colleagues, you will provide support and guidance to the team consisting of specialist nurses, physiotherapists, OT, Dietician, lung physiologists and junior medical staff. 

The RAPID programme, one of the first in the UK to implement accelerated pathways, aims to reduce unjustifiable delays from referral to treatment for patients with lung cancer. It’s pilot was funded through a Health Foundation Grant and has been successful in reducing the pathway to 3 weeks for the majority of patients. It is likely that further developments will reduce this considerably. It has greatly improved patient care and experience, reduced variation in care and increased 1-year survival.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

Interested candidates are encouraged to discuss the post with:
Dr Richard Booton, Speciality Director & Lead Lung Cancer Clinician
Tel: 0161 291 2116 or e-mail

If you have problems applying, contact

0161 291 4731