Can you help Cornwall’s NHS ME/CFS Specialist Service find a medical consultant to join their team?

September 2, 2020

Russell Fleming, Content Manager, ME Association.

Cornwall's ME/CFS Specialist Service is based in Truro – although they hold regular clinics at locations throughout the county and visit people severely affected at home. They are currently seeking a medical consultant or specialty doctor to help them diagnose and manage people with M.E.

As I have been living in Cornwall for over ten years now, and have been referred to Carol Wilson and her multidisciplinary team several times, I am biased. But, what I will say is that every NHS specialist service should have a relevant physician and that the ME Association regard it as essential.

The team in Cornwall has previously included immunology specialists, a neurology specialist, GPs with a special interest in M.E. and others. This vacancy represents an excellent opportunity for a suitably qualified medical professional to be involved in what I personally regard as one of the best specialist services in the country.

If you think someone might be interested in this position or you are interested in applying yourself then please download the job description for more details and get in touch with Carol Wilson, Specialty Lead: email or telephone 01872 252935.

Thank you!

Job Description Extract

Consultant or specialty doctor in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Title:  Specialty Doctor in CFS/ME Service
Reports to:   Accountable to:   Reporting Location:  The Divisional Director.   The Medical Director.   The Royal Cornwall Hospital and any associated hospitals with RCHT responsibilities.  
Remuneration:£37,176 – £69,325 per annum pro rata to 4 clinical sessions

Applications are invited for the post of Consultant Physician or Specialty Doctor in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/ myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join this small and very experienced specialist team in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly CFS and ME Service.

Applicants with an understanding of CFS/ME are invited to apply for the above post. The Cornwall CFS/ME Service comprises this post, a Clinical Specialist Therapist (Specialty Lead), Specialist Occupational Therapists x 4 and a Clinical Health Psychologist. 

We would welcome applications from clinicians from a range of disciplines and grades, this could include GPwSI, Physicians, Consultants, Associate Specialists in either Medicine or Mental Health who have an interest of working with people with severe  fatigue within the CFS specialty as detailed in the NICE guidelines (53).

This post will have the opportunity to shape the future of the service with colleagues as we embark on ambitious transformation programme across the health sector in Cornwall with over £600m of capital investment coming to the Trust, a programme to integrate community and acute services and an significant digital transformation programme under way.

A suitably qualified medical practitioner is required to provide diagnosis and medical management of this group of adult patients and support transition from local and out of county Paediatrics. The service is commissioned to work across the Cornwall Peninsular, working closely with physical and mental health teams.

The service runs a training programme with the University of Exeter Medical School for undergraduates and a number of training days for local GP’s and clinicians.

Cornwall is a beautiful county which offers an outstanding quality of life and providing many opportunities for outdoor activities, with its sailing waters, surfing beaches and rugged coastal pathways for walking, and cycling.

Port Isaac, North Cornwall

There is a thriving arts and theatre scene as well as an interesting variety of eating places, including celebrity-owned restaurants within Cornwall. The major route both in and out of the county is the A30 which connects with the M5 motorway at Exeter. There is an excellent rail service with daily passenger and sleeper services and an airport at Newquay with daily connections to many cities throughout the UK and abroad.

Applicants are required to be GMC registered. Applications are welcomed from those unable to work full time for personal reasons or those wishing to job-share.

Informal enquiries about this post should be addressed to Carol Wilson, Specialty Lead: email or telephone 01872 252935.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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