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Rapid diagnostic service consultant

Main area
Cancer Care
Part time - 4 sessions per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£84,559 - £114,003 Per Annum
Salary period
17/07/2022 23:59

Job overview

We are looking to employ 2-3 Secondary Care General Physicians to work within, support and further develop the Rapid Investigation Service (RIS).  We envisage each participant will deliver 3-4 PAs to the service which will allow adequate cross-cover, and will be embedded in a team with GPs and Senior Clinical Nurse to deliver the service.

You will be a generalist consultant with the right skill set to enable the Rapid Investigation Service non-specific symptoms pathway to provide a comprehensive service to its patient cohort who will be presenting with non-specific symptoms which are suspicious of cancer.

The service is hosted by University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and is currently based at Aldermoor Surgery in Southampton.

A lot of the work can be delivered virtually, but there is an expectation that there will be a physical base for meetings and future planning.


  • You will be joining a new and developing service, the Wessex Rapid Investigation Service (RIS).
  • This is a regional service which is delivered using a virtual model, to provide a cancer fast track referral route for patients seen in Primary Care with non-specific symptoms across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
  • The RIS aims to speed up diagnosis for this typically hard to diagnose group and to improve overall patient experience.
  • You will be part of a small team and part of developing this service as it scales. 

Main duties of the job


Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation


We know that our people are central to our success. So, it’s only right that we reward you with

  • Opportunities to develop – UHS is one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to.
  • A minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and a generous pension scheme.
  • A range of NHS discounts!
  • A break from the hustle and bustle of city centre life, with beaches and New Forest on your doorstep.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • On a day-to-day basis you will be engaging directly with clinical, medical and nursing teams in the management of patents, providing specialist advice, skills leadership, collaboration and consultancy.
  • You will work closely with the RIS Team, actively contributing to the overall management and strategic direction of the service.
  • You will also work closely with primary care colleagues, including the Hub GP, and the Lead Nurse.


  • Ideally a General Physician/Elderly Care Clinician who is looking for a new challenge and would like to lead and develop a region-wide service.


Individuals wishing to apply must be fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and should be either already on or within 6 months of eligibility to be included on the specialist register of the GMC.

The successful candidate will be employed under the terms and conditions of service for Consultants (England) 2003. 

Interviews will be held on Sunday, 31 July 2022

Job Reference: 188-MT0 - This vacancy closes on or before:  17th July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MRCP or FRCS
  • On Specialist Register
  • Full GMC Registration
Desirable criteria
  • Research Qualification


Essential criteria
  • Extensive and in-depth knowledge of working within the NHS
  • Participation in Audit and Clinical Governance activity
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching Experience
  • Broad clinical interest and experience e.g. general medicine, medicine for the elderly

Aptitudes and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communication in relation to our patient group
  • Ability to work as part of a Multidisciplinary Team
  • Leadership Skills
  • Capacity to organise oneself and prioritise own work. Demonstrates punctuality, preparation and self-discipline.
Desirable criteria
  • Managing Skills - Capacity to work co-operatively with others and demonstrate leadership when appropriate
  • Awareness of changing structure of NHS

Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Working Together
  • Always Improving

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Paul Nichols
Job title
Consultant Surgeon
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