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Consultant Stroke Physician


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Permanent: 10 PA
Full time - 10 sessions per week (10 PA including undertaking on call)
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Southmead Hospital
£88,364 - £119,133
20/10/2022 23:59
Interview date

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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a clinically qualified individual to join the growing stroke department at North Bristol NHS Trust. 

Applications are invited for a Consultant to join our diverse team of stroke specialist neurologists, geriatricians and acute physicians. The job plan and clinic commitments will be adapted to be suitable to the appointee. The stroke service at North Bristol Trust is based at Southmead Hospital and provides comprehensive stroke care including a successful hyperacute service, outpatient TIA services and excellent regional neurosurgery and vascular surgery services. With local commissioners and NHS England we are working towards developing a centralised hyperacute stroke (HASU) service and more comprehensive thrombectomy service for Bristol and the surrounding region, with improved community stroke rehabilitation services. Our established and growing 7 day thrombectomy service already performs the third  highest number of procedures annually of any centre in UK, operating 0800-2000, and soon to expand to 24/7. There is an active and growing stroke research community in the region, including collaborations with the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

Interview Date of 29th November.

Main duties of the job

Clinical duties 

- management of acute admissions - thrombolysis and thrombectomy.

-supervising the care of all patients in HASU and ASU,  along with colleagues providing continuity of care for patients

- delivery of TIA / neurovascular outpatient clinics

Supervision and education

- clinical and educational supervision of juniors including senior clinical fellows

- contribution to training and education of the stroke team

Clinical Audit


Working for our organisation

The Stroke Department  is a major part of the Regional Neurosciences Centre.  It provides all inpatient and outpatients specialist stroke services including:

  • 24hr acute thrombolysis
  • Hyperacute and acute stroke care
  • 7 day 8am-8pm Thrombectomy service with approved plan to expand to 24/7 in Autumn 2022. Our already established and growing daytime thrombectomy service performs the second highest number of procedures annually of any centre in England.
  • TIA clinics 365 days per year with up to 4 dedicated daily acute MRI slots.

The Stroke Department provides all stroke services within NBT, currently with a team of 15 consultants from a combination of Neurology, Acute Medical and Care of the Elderly backgrounds leading the Trust’s Comprehensive Stroke Centre including both acute and rehabilitation services. 

Hyperacute and acute services are supported seven days a week by a specialist team of experienced Stroke Advanced Nurse Practitioners, who are trained to assess and treat patients presenting with new stroke and TIA. We also have invested in Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) and Physician Associates.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description for main responsibilities of the role. 

The successful applicant will be a team player, and be willing to work flexibly to provide cover for the other consultants who cover the Stroke Services. 

The successful applicant can be from any parent speciality, but must have experience in stroke care. The job plan and clinic commitment will be adapted to be suitable to the appointee. Please discuss interests with our Specialty Lead. 

The essential requirement is that the appointee be expert in and committed to the care and management of people with stroke in all phases of their care, be committed to helping building a stroke centre of excellence both in patient care and research.

The successful applicant would join the current stroke consultants who cover the stroke activity on a rotation system. The clinical model is currently for four Consultants at all times providing hyperacute stroke service and acute stroke unit care, with around 1400 stroke admissions annually. The service is expanding across Bristol, and will also in future see a change in roles to include supporting community rehabilitation units. 

Pending Royal College approval

Person specification

Qualification and Registration

Essential criteria
  • MRCP or equivalent
  • Maintain Full registration with the GMC
  • GMC Specialist Register at the time of the appointment
Desirable criteria
  • Higher academic qualification e.g. PhD / MD
  • CCT in Stroke Medicine

Training + Experience

Essential criteria
  • Recent experience and familiarity of UK hospital systems and practices (or equivalent)
  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required to gain UK CCT in General and Geriatric Medicine or Neurology or Acute Medicine
  • Training in diagnosis and treatment of cerebrovascular conditions
Desirable criteria
  • Training and Experience of management of spasticity including administration of botulinum toxin


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of recent CME/ reasonable training progression at this stage of career
  • Experience in audit project and written up
  • Knowledge of contemporary NHS management issues
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of a general management course or programme


Essential criteria
  • Proven teaching ability.
  • Willingness to undertake teaching of medical undergrads and postgrads
  • Ability to gain the trust and confidence of colleagues and patients
Desirable criteria
  • Proven track record in research and willingness to undertake further research
  • Evidence of relevant publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Demonstration of involvement in clinical directorate management

Personal Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Ability to lead a team and form effective working relationships
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of the Neuroscience Directorate / team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills - with colleagues, staff at all levels and patients
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and develop junior medical staff
  • Ambition to work with the department to develop new services to the benefit of our patients

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

Rose Bosnell
Job title
Clinical Lead for Stroke
Email address
Additional information

If you would like to find out more about this great opportunity to join a dynamic and progressive team, please contact our Clinical Lead Dr Rose Bosnell or General Manager Linda Matthews