Senior Fellow in Spinal Surgery

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
December 08, 2022
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 Spinal Surgery NHS Medical & Dental: Senior Clinical Fellow

Main area

Wessex Spinal Service


NHS Medical & Dental: Senior Clinical Fellow


Fixed term: 12 months (6/12/18 Months depending on start date)


Full time - 40 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£51,017 - £58,398 per annum

Salary period



08/12/2022 23:59
Job overview

The Wessex spinal service is looking to appoint a highly experienced and motivated individual to the post of senior clinical fellow (aimed at Year 6+ specialist registrars) in spinal surgery.

UHS is the Regional Centre for complex spinal surgery and provides a wide range of specialist adult and paediatric services across the Wessex region.

The Wessex Spinal Service sits as a separate business unit within the division of Trauma and Specialist services. The unit consist of 11 spinal consultant (with orthopaedic or neurosurgical training) it has its own ward facilities, OP clinics, advanced nurse practitioner team & service manager. Junior doctor support comes from both the Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery departments. Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust provides services to some 1.3 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire, plus specialist services to more than 3 million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands.

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


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 successful applicant will cover both elective and traumatic spinal conditions in both adults and children. It will be ideal for those who wish to enhance their operative skills and gain further specialist education in trauma and elective spinal surgery in final preparation for their appointment to the consultant grade. It is mainly a clinical based fellowship although there will be opportunities for research.

The fellow is expected to work closely alongside the team of specialist spinal surgeons and spinal nurse specialist.

The fellow is given active support with clinical research and will be expected to present and publish this work as appropriate. This post does not attract an NTN and does not lead to the award of CCT, requiring additional experience. Prospective educational approval from PMETB will need to be sought if time in this post is required to count for CCT. Possession of FRCS (Tr&Orth or Neurosurgery) or equivalent is an essential requirement of the post.


We are looking to appoint a highly experienced and motivated individual to the post of senior clinical fellow (aimed at Year 6+ specialist registrars) in spinal surgery.

You should be able to work flexible in supporting the functions of the unit and have a genuine desire to contribute to providing a quality service for our patients.


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 TBC Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    Job Reference: MT0844 - This vacancy closes on or before: 8th December 2022

    Person specification Previous or relevant experience Essential criteria
  • Previous training within Orthopaedics and/or NS at registrar level to year 4
  • Desirable criteria
  • Some spinal training previously
  • Aptitudes and skills Essential criteria
  • Good clinical judgement
  • Surgical aptitude
  • Clear logical thinking showing an analytical scientific approach
  • Living the Trust values Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Qualifications and training Essential criteria
  • Full registration with the GMC/eligible for registration
  • FRCS
  • Desirable criteria
  • CCT
  • Evidence of completion of ATLS
  • 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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    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

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    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.

    Documents to download
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Steve McGillion

    Job title

    Wessex Spinal Service Consultant

    Email address

    [email protected]

    Additional information

    Nicholas Brooke - [email protected]

    Andrew Cottam - [email protected]

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