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Specialty Doctor - Oncology

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NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor
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Musgrove Park Hospital
£37,923 - £70,718 per annum
25/02/2018 23:59

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Specialty Doctor Post Oncology

Applications are invited for a Specialty Doctor in Oncology to join our Oncology team providing cancer care to Somerset

This post is ideal for doctors looking for time away from training or a non-training career. Previous experience in oncology is desirable but not essential. Oncology training and support for long term career development to associate specialist will be provided.

For the post of specialty doctor, candidates will have completed at least three years full time postgraduate training (or equivalent gained on a part time or flexible basis) at least two of which should be in a specialty training programme or equivalent experience and competencies.

This is a full time post but we would welcome applications from those considering less than full time work.

About Us

The successful candidates will join the current team of ten Clinical Oncologists, two Medical Oncologists, one Associate Specialist and one specialty doctor in Oncology as well as six Haematologists.

Facilities for the treatment of cancer in Taunton have undergone a major expansion, culminating in the opening of the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in May 2009. This brought oncology facilities, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy, to the population of Somerset (c535,000 catchment).

The Beacon Centre has received a number of accolades since opening in 2009 for the high quality care delivered CHKS ISO 9001 accreditation, Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) rated 5 (out of 5) on all principles, Investors in People Gold Award and Customer Service Excellence Award, July 2016. A+++ award, the only organisation to ever receive A+++. In the 2016/2017 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, the Beacon Centre was ranked fourth overall which is an excellent reflection of the patient centred care delivered.


Aside from joining a Cancer Centre rated as an area of Outstanding Practice by CQC (2016), as well as the highest GMC scored Trust in the South West for training, you’ll get to experience life in the West Country, taking advantage of easy access to some of the UK’s most desirable locations. From the beaches of North Devon and Cornwall, to the cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath, and Exeter, Taunton offers you all the perks while still being less than two hours from London. Nestled in the heart of Somerset as the County town, Taunton has a diverse range of shopping and restaurants, and boasts sporting arenas such as the County Cricket Ground, regularly hosting international fixtures, as well as featuring National hotspots for cycling, surfing, and climbing such as Cheddar Gorge. Straddled between areas of outstanding natural beauty and the idyllic rolling hills of Exmoor, there’s plenty to keep you occupied alongside the abundance of music festivals and local traditions.

Somerset offers some of the best schools in the country. Ranging from Public institutions such as Millfield, Queens College, Taunton School, Kings College, Wellington, and Blundell’s, to award winning state schools such as the Richard Huish College which has been ranked in the top 10 of A-level providers nationally for the last eight years, through to secondary’s ranking in the top 5% nationally such as The Castle school.

With a great educational opportunities and an abundance of picturesque country side, we think there’s nowhere better. Throw in a cost of living that will see you afford a higher quality of living, including an average house price of £180,500 (November 2016), and a significantly lower than national average crime rate, we like to think we’re offering you the best of both worlds, professionally, and personally.

To apply, please complete the online application form, and submit with a CV with the names, addresses and email addresses of three referees to cover the previous 3 years, one of which should be from your current or most recent employer. 

Closing date: 25th February 2018

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Interested candidates are encouraged to discuss details of the posts with the contacts listed below.

Dr Saiqa Spensley, Clinical Service Lead for Oncology (01823 342417)

Dr John Graham, Trust Lead Cancer Clinician (01823 342417)      

Dr Petra Jankowska Clinical Director HOPE and Clinical Support (01823 342418)

Dr Jo Botten, Associate Specialist Oncology and SAS Lead (01823 342418)