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Consultant Cardiologist

United Kingdom / Code: 2046

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Our client is seeking to appoint Consultant Cardiologists with interests in cardiac imaging or heart failure.  They will join the existing team of 7 Cardiologists.  The basic contract is for 10 programmed activities.

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The Trust is seeking to expand the cardiology department to meet the increasing demand for modern and comprehensive care to a population of around 600 000 in an area with a high prevalence of heart disease. The post-holder will be expected to provide a range of in-patient and outpatient general cardiology services as well as to develop areas of special interest such as cardiac imaging or heart failure.

The post-holders will also be expected to contribute to provision of acute “front of house” cardiology as well as participate in a weekend ward round rota.  Encouragement, including a financial bursary of up to £3000, will be offered to candidates with appropriate training who wish to further develop skills in Cardiac Imaging (particularly Cardiac CT) to support clinical cardiology services in the future.  Successful applicants with appropriate skills will be released for up to 2 PAs per week to pursue specialist interests outside the Trust.  Research and development of special interests will be encouraged and supported.  A role in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching will be encouraged.


There is a trust-wide cardiology service, centred on the two acute admitting sites. There are currently 7 (+2 Associate Specialists) cardiologists in post. The new appointment will contribute to the development of a vision for cardiology services that centres on the expansion and delivery of cardiac diagnostics in the Trust as well as the enrichment of the heart failure infrastructure.

The service currently provides:

CCU and inpatient care at both DMH and UHND. Cardiology specialist care is provided during the working week. Cardiologists perform ward rounds on the weekend at the acute sites to review patients on the CCUs, cardiology wards and in the acute medical units.

  • Coronary angiography
  • Permanent pacing
  • TTE, dobutamine stress echo + TOE including 3d
  • Cardiac MRI including stress
  • Cardiac CT
  • Nurse led heart failure clinics at all three sites, supported by a Nurse Consultant and nurse led clinics for chest pain and IHD (post MI or revascularisation).
  • Physiologist-led follow up of pacemakers, high energy devices and a palpitations service
  • Nuclear cardiology
  • A comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation service in both acute hospitals and the community, which now provides for heart failure patients.

Professor Murphy (DMH) has nurtured a strong tradition in research with a focus on heart failure and staff on both sites contribute to national trials. The cardiology department has an established in-house research programme. Currently there is 1 PhD student, 1 clinical research fellow studying for an MD and 2 health care scientist physiology trainees studying for a Masters Degree. Over the last 3 years Professor Murphy has held NIHR and charitable grants worth £1.35 million. 

Priorities for development:

  • The new appointee will join the existing cardiologists in providing a robust “front of house” cardiology service. During Monday to Friday, each site has a cardiologist available to cover CCU or acute cardiac unit, referrals on the acute admissions unit (AMU) and other wards and urgent ambulatory cardiology patients with no other fixed commitments on that day.

  • Expansion of the cardiac imaging service with particular emphasis on cardiac CT and CMR as well as stress echo.

  • Expansion of the existing heart failure service.


  • Contribution to acute day-time cardiology at site base, on rotation with the existing cardiologists and associate specialists, covering the coronary care unit (8 beds on each site), and cardiology referrals from AMU and other wards/departments. The CCUs and ward bases on each site have a team of junior doctors to support patient care.  Both sites operate a “cardiologist of the day” model who reviews the CCU patients, new admissions and consults. They may be supported on some days by another colleague, depending on the colleague’s timetable.  Clinics and specialist sessions are not timetabled on the days covering on-calls duties.
  • Participation in the weekend ward round rota (currently 6 hrs on each of Saturday and Sunday, 1 weekend in 7).  The cardiologist presently spends 1 day of the weekend on each site.  They do not travel between the sites on the same day.  0.75 PAs is payable for participation in the rota at the current level.  There is no on-call from home.
  • Management of cardiology inpatients.
  • Provision of outpatient clinics.
  • Development and pursuit of specialist interest

There is no commitment to the acute medical rota.

The Trust is committed to providing time and financial support to enable Continuing Professional Development for consultants as required by the Royal College of Physicians and supports annual consultant appraisal and revalidation.

Office accommodation with appropriate IT facilities and secretarial support will be provided.  


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