Senior Fellow in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
May 26, 2023
Offerd Salary:£51,017 - £58,398
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Contract Type:Fixed term: 12 month
Working Time:Full time
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Senior Fellow in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery NHS Medical & Dental: Senior Clinical Fellow

Main area

Breast Surgery


NHS Medical & Dental: Senior Clinical Fellow


Fixed term: 12 months


Full time - 40 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£51,017 - £58,398 pa

Salary period



26/05/2023 23:59
Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Breast Unit at the University Hospitals Southampton, to spend 12 months working as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery for specialist training in oncoplastic breast surgery. This would be ideally suited to someone towards the end of their training, who is looking to consolidate their breast surgery skills, prior to transitioning to their first consultant post.

The Breast Service at Southampton receives over 6000 new symptomatic referrals, as well as screening patients, and treats over 600 newly diagnosed breast cancers a year. Oncoplastic surgical techniques are routinely employed including therapeutic mammoplasties, and partial breast reconstruction using pedicle flaps. We also perform immediate and delayed breast reconstructions using ADMs and implants, both for patients with known cancers, but also as a risk reducing procedures as well.

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.

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As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. 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.

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities



The position holder will work 40 hours a week with primary focus on training in oncoplastic breast surgery. The successful applicant will have a theatre sessions with a particular focus on advanced oncoplastic breast surgery training including post-mastectomy reconstruction, perforator flaps and therapeutic mammoplasty. The rest of the time will be spent in clinic-based activity, multidisciplinary meetings, teaching and specialist clinics. There will be some requirement for service provision in the form of new patient clinics (1-stop / screening recall) or covering the operating theatre for consultant annual leave arrangements, providing opportunity for independent operating and consolidation of training with consultant oversight. There is no commitment to the General Surgery on-call rota or out-of-hours on-call commitment. However, the post holder will be expected to provide support for the management of urgent and emergency breast cases during normal working hours. The duties will be in line with the trust and department's commitment to have a sustainable, reliable and high-quality service in place that meets and exceeds the national standards. Of note the post is currently in the process of obtaining approval to be a Royal College of Surgeons accredited fellowship.


This post is ideally suited to trainees who have completed or are near the end of their higher surgical training, are comfortable with performing the index procedures in breast surgery and want to build and consolidate their experience of oncoplastic breast surgery before taking on a consultant position. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver clinical excellence within the speciality of Breast Surgery. Although training will be provided all aspects of breast disease management, the focus will particularly be on specialised oncoplastic techniques including advanced breast conservation including mammoplasty, partial breast reconstruction using perforator flaps and complete autologous and implant based breast reconstruction. A willingness to learn and work within a constantly changing environment is necessary, together with adaptability to clinical and service requirements. The interview date is to be confirmed.


Appointment will be made under local contractual terms and conditions of service for Trust appointed (non-training fellow doctors and dentists).

Successful candidates will have an educational framework equivalent to training grade doctors, and there will be a named educational supervisor assigned at the start of the post. The opportunity for Continued Professional Development (CPD) is highly supported and encouraged by the Trust, with options available to take study leave. All licensed doctors must meet the GMC requirements for revalidation and there will be an annual appraisal to support this process.

Grades for Trust appointed (non-training) fellows will be paid a basic salary at a nodal pay point linked to the grade, at the rate set out in the National Medical and Dental pay circular. Basic salary detailed below plus any additional remuneration (as applicable) for hours set out in the doctors work schedule (e.g. additional hours, weekend allowance, and any hours which attract enhanced pay)

Basic Salary - MT04 £51,017 Basic Salary – MT05 £58,398

Salary will be assessed based on experience and skills. Eligibility criteria for appointment to a Nodal Point 5;

• Have a minimum of 6 years of Specialty training

• Hold relevant higher specialty exam (e.g FRCP, FRCA, FRCS)

• A portfolio of evidence that demonstrates they meet the criteria for progression (in line with the Curriculum for the speciality similar to deanery trainee)

Travelling expenses will not be paid for attending interview

Please note that GMC registration (with a licence to practice) and right to work in the UK are essential for this role. Successful applicants will already have GMC registration or will be able to demonstrate they are eligible. Applicants requiring Tier 2 sponsorship should ensure they meet the Home Office application criteria prior to submitting an application.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 14 June 2023

Job Reference: MT0956 - This vacancy closes on or before: 26th May 2023

Person specification Qualifications and training Essential criteria
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • GMC registration with a licence to practise
  • FRCS or equivalent
  • Experienced to ST7/8 level or equivalent
  • Desirable criteria
  • Further higher degree
  • Evidence of research and publications
  • CCT or equivalent
  • Membership of the Association of Breast Surgery and/or other relevant subspecialty associations
  • Specialist breast surgery qualification
  • Previous or relevant experience Essential criteria
  • Recent experience in breast surgery – 18 months specialist breast surgery within past 24 months
  • Experience in Surgical aspects of Breast Screening
  • Commitment to working within National Guidelines for Breast Cancer Management
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience in Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery
  • Aptitudes and skills Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Teaching and assessment skills
  • Appropriate career progression consistent with personal circumstances and level of application
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Motivated, ambitious and enthusiastic
  • Ability to cope under pressure
  • Good team worker
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience in clinical governance
  • The ability to make significant contributions and developments to established services
  • IT skills
  • Up to date statutory and mandatory training
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Positive outlook
  • Living the Trust values Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

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    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 140.7KB)
  • Person Specification (PDF, 177.5KB)
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    Alison Luther

    Job title

    Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

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    023 8120 6831
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