Locum Consultant Line of Work in Cardiology - London

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Post Description

We are looking to recruit a Consultant in Cardiology with interests in one or more of the following:

  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Failure
  • Imaging
  • Other Speciality Interest

 Under close management and leadership of the Clinical Lead, the Cardiology service is undergoing an active expansion and development programme and two additional appointees will play a crucial role in ensuring the continued success of the department.

The post is integral to maintaining the quality and extent of the service provided by the Department of Cardiology at Epsom & St Helier University NHS Trust. You will join a well-established cardiology unit with the opportunity to develop services in advance of the Trust’s plan to develop a specialist Emergency Care Hospital. 

The Department runs specialist services like Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinics, Arrhythmia Clinics, Device clinics, Valve Clinic and Heart failure Clinics. The Department has close links with other local cardiovascular departments. We hold bi-monthly JCC MDT meeting with a visiting Cardiac Surgeon from Harefield Hospital. The successful candidate will have an office with full administrative support.

Duties of the Post

Main Responsibilities and Duties

1        To provide Consultant Cardiologist care for inpatient and outpatient services and for the proper functioning of the department

2        Work as part of consultant of the week rota at St Helier and 13 bed coronary care unit at Epsom.

3        To carry out teaching duties as required and, in particular, to take an active part in the education programme of trainee medical staff and medical undergraduates.

4        The post holder will have full continuing clinical responsibility for patients under his or/her care, and for the provision of treatment relevant to their general medical/cardiac condition whilst in hospital. This may require the provision of advice and assistance to Consultants in other specialties, and the proper delegation to and training of junior medical staff.

5        The post holder will be expected and encouraged to carry out research and clinical audit activities, as an inherent part of normal clinical duties. There will also be a key role with regard to training medical staff in junior grades and the development of support staff.

6        To work within contractual requirements, and in support of applicable Trust clinical development frameworks, business plans, and development strategies.

7        In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to provide a high quality service for General inpatient and Outpatient Cardiology.

8        In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to play a full part in the out-of-hours On-Call service for the department. This includes being on-call for telephone advice and major incidents. There is no commitment to general medical on-call with this post

9        To provide cover for Consultant and Senior colleagues in respect of periods of leave.

10    In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to take part in medical audit and research as appropriate.

11    In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to ensure that the requirements of clinical governance are met.

12    To ensure that there are adequate arrangements for hospital staff involved in the care of your patients to be able to contact you when necessary.


Principle Duties of the Post

The principal duty of these posts are to provide a comprehensive clinical service to patients.

1         To at all times, comply with the GMC’s guidance on ‘Good Medical Practice’ as amended or substituted from time to time.

2         To ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times.

3         To undertake duties as defined within the attached job plan in so far as practicable and in agreement with your Clinical Director.

4         To be responsible and managerially accountable for the reasonable and effective use of Trust resources that you use and influence, and professionally accountable to the Medical Director.

5         On commencement to ensure personal attendance at the Trust’s corporate Induction (or arranged Consultant Induction).

6         To participate in the Trust’s Statutory & Mandatory training programme.

7         To be responsible for the Clinical Management of in and out patients under your care.

Teaching & Training


1         To share responsibility with other Consultants for the recruitment, appointment and supervision of junior medical staff in accordance with Trust policies.

2         To devote time on a regular basis for teaching and training of junior medical staff, contributing as appropriate to post-graduate and continuing medical education.

3         To devote time, through agreement on a regular basis for teaching and training of medical students as part of agreed teaching arrangements with the Foundation School.

Proposed Job Plan 

The proposed job plans for the posts are below. These plans are open to further discussion and amendment at interview and will be discussed in detail with the successful applicant on appointment.  Job plans will be reviewed annually, following an appraisal meeting. The job plan will be a prospective agreement that sets out a Consultant’s typical working pattern, duties, objectives and responsibilities for the coming year. It will cover all aspects of a Consultant’s professional practice including clinical work, teaching, research, education, managerial responsibilities and external commitments.

 On appointment of the post holder, the Clinical Director will commence discussions to finalise the job plan which will become operational on appointment. The job plan is an indicative plan of the duties the post holder is likely to be asked to undertake. Where there is an imbalance in weekly activities this will be addressed as part of the departmental and theatre job planning review process.  Additional programmed activities may be offered to the post holder. Any offer of additional programmed activities will be based on the needs of the service and in line with the Trust objectives and will be reviewed on an annual basis.


Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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