Locum Consultant Cardiac Anaesthetist

Posted 16 September by NHS Business Services Authority

Applications are invited for a full time LOCUM Consultant in Adult Cardiac Anaesthesia and Cardiac Intensive.

We are welcoming applications from candidates keen to work within a forward thinking and innovative team here at Southampton General Hospital.


This is a post for a Locum Consultant with a special interest in Anaesthesia for adults undergoing a wide range of cardiac surgical procedures with the exception of cardiac transplantation. The post includes Consultant cover of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is the eight largest by income in the UK. It is the tertiary referral and teaching centre for a large area of the south of England and the Channel Islands. The Hospital has been a Major Trauma Centre since 2012. It provides services for an extensive range of surgical sub-specialities, with all types of major cancer surgery, including thoracic surgery, and major vascular surgery.

The Trust has almost 50 operating theatres across its sites, and a large theatre extension is under construction, to include 8 new theatres. There is an extensive Anaesthetic pre-assessment service and a developing Peri-operative Medicine service, with Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing.

This post is based in the Wessex Cardiac Centre, at UHS. This is one of the busiest cardiac centres in the UK with some of the lowest mortality rates. The cardiac Anaesthetist team as a group provide all services needed for cardiac patients, including where required anaesthetic supervision of minimally invasive procedures such as TAVI. A sub-group provides paediatric cardiac anaesthesia and anaesthesia for grown up congenital heart disease, and this post is not expected to include this area of work.


The cardiac ICU has 16 beds currently, and when working normally (currently disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic) – delivers 21 all day cardiac lists per week.
There will be an on call commitment, for cardiac theatres and CICU cover, normally covered by one person at any one time.

Applicants are invited to join a team of 13 Consultants who provide high quality anaesthesia and intensive care. The team is cohesive and well-organised, with full attention to all aspects of governance and safety being overseen by team members.

For further information, please contact Dr Paul Diprose, Dr Kirstin Wilkinson or Dr Lucy White via Ms Susan Denton on .


The successful applicant will provide an equal share across the group of theatre and ICU work

• Full GMC registration.
• FRCA or equivalent and CCT in Anaesthesia or equivalent
• Advanced training in cardiac Anaesthesia
• Qualification in t rans-oesophageal echo-cardiography


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Lucy White

Consultant Anaesthetist - Clinical Lead


Reference: 40885001

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