Job overview



Negotiable start for 6 months initially

South Tees NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer the posts of Trust Doctor in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. 

We are looking for dynamic forward thinking individuals who will join a friendly, committed team who provide anaesthesia and critical care for approximately 1000 cardiac and 700 thoracic cases per year. 

Main duties of the job

Our varied theatre caseload includes all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery with particular focus on minimally invasive aortic and mitral surgery and major aortic work. We have an established TAVI programme alongside expanding thoracic programme which includes: VAT lobectomies, thymectomies and robotic thoracic surgery. A robotic mitral surgery programme is in the planning stages. Our critical care unit is a specialist 10 bed unit caring for post-op cardiac and thoracic patients, and in addition receives emergency cardiology admissions. Our patient outcomes are consistently excellent.

The department is highly regarded for its friendly atmosphere and the standard of training offered. We are a recognised training unit for advanced cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care. We are a FICM accredited training unit with a faculty tutor for CICU. We are able to offer many professional development opportunities within both anaesthesia and critical care that include FUSIC and TOE accreditation. Plentiful academic opportunities also exist for teaching, simulation, publication and research.

Working for our organisation

These posts are ideally suited to those who have completed the modular components of a Core Training programme in anaesthesia and the primary FRCA and who are seeking further clinical experience and portfolio-boosting opportunities in readiness for application to specialty training. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of UK NHS anaesthetics experience and applicants at ST3+ are also welcomed. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The successful applicants will join a busy but supportive department. Out of hours, the primary responsibility is to the cardiac intensive care unit, however the opportunity for supervised emergency cath lab and theatre work is available. The rota includes advanced critical care practitioners (ACCPs), rotating anaesthetic specialty registrars and senior advanced trainees in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia. Dedicated consultant supervision will be provided. Salary will be in keeping with equivalent salary scales for doctors in training. Study leave and annual leave will be aligned with Trust policy.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was listed as one of the top 120 NHS employers by the Health Service Journal and the Nursing Times in 2015.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Full GMC registration with a licence to practice
  • Primary FRCA or equivalent
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Minimum of two years training in anaesthesia with completion of (or equivalent to) all Core Level Training Competencies
  • ALS provider
  • Please be aware, there are occasions where some vacancies may close prior to the closing date advertised. This will only happen where sufficient applications are received AND will be made evident on the job advert.

    Please note if you are successfully shortlisted, we will contact you via the email address that you have applied from so please ensure you check your emails regularly.

    Existing employees of South Tees NHS Foundation Trust currently on the Redeployment Register, who meet the essential criteria for this post, will be shortlisted and interviewed prior to all other applicants.

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