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Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon wsi in Spinal Surgery


Main area
Orthopaedic Surgery
Full time: 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Orthopaedics Level 5
£82,096 - £110,683 Per annum
Salary period
11/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Rated overall as ‘Good’ in its 2019 CQC inspection and with a reputation as one of the safest Trusts in England, Whittington Health (WH), an Integrated Care Organisation in North London, is looking to recruit a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in spinal surgery.  This is a 10 PA role and is central to the further development of orthopaedics. 

Whittington Health NHS Trust is a main University Hospital of the combined UCL/Royal Free School of Medicine. We are located at Archway, North London, close to both Highgate Village and Islington. The hospital serves a socio-economic community and culturally diverse population of some 500,000.

Full registration with the GMC and acceptance on the GMC Specialist

Register are required and you should hold a CCST, or be within six months of obtaining it by the time of interview.


Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The postholder will be expected to focus also on the provision of general orthopaedics with particular interest in spinal surgery. They will also provide general trauma service, participating in the on-call rota.

This post is central to the further development of spinal surgery at Whittington Health.  The Trust is developing spinal surgery as one of its strategic priorities.  The Whittington is a key provider of orthopaedic services in North Central London.  The postholder will also be expected to support and integrate the pathway for patients with community support services, such as physiotherapy.

Candidates must be accredited in orthopaedics and be on the GMC’s Specialist Register or be within three months of being admitted to the Specialist Register. 

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a core service within the Surgery & Cancer Integrated Care Service Unit.  It sees 23,564 outpatients annually.

Whilst Whittington Health will form part of the North Central London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (EOC) south hub, spinal surgery will remain on site. Spinal services form part of the North West Spinal Network with Whittington Hospital being a spinal partner hospital with University College London Hospitals, as the hub hospital. Trauma surgery is provided from Coyle Ward and the Day Treatment Centre (DTC). Children being treated are cared for on the nearby paediatric in patient or daycase ward.

The orthopaedic department has designated clinic space in the outpatients department. Some consultant offices are located here, as are the orthopaedic secretarial staff.  In addition, we have the benefit of a fully equipped and staffed plaster room.

We provide a professional service comprised of accredited consultants supported by a full complement of juniors on approved training programmes.  Emphasis is placed on senior management of trauma with daily trauma and audit meetings and a daily trauma list.  This appointment will ensure that all trauma lists and fracture clinics continue to be consultant led.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration
  • FRCS (or equivalent)
  • On the Specialist Register or within 3 months of completion of specialist training
Desirable criteria
  • Higher Medical Degree (MD or MSc

Special interest

Essential criteria
  • Fellowship training in spinal surgery 1-2 years ( minimum 1 year)
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at courses on trauma and orthopaedic surgery, including spinal

Teaching & Research

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of continuing personal medical education activity
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications in orthopaedic topics
Desirable criteria
  • Awareness of advances in medical education

Communication skills

Essential criteria
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Works well within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Demonstrates the organisations Values and acts an examplar

Management Ability

Essential criteria
  • Involvement in service development.
Desirable criteria
  • Management course/ certification
  • Experience and interest in improving patient experience


Essential criteria
  • Aware of national policies and quality initiatives in orthopaedic surgery, including emergency services
  • Demonstration of flexible thinking
  • Evidence of commitment to audit
Desirable criteria
  • Involvement in Quality improvement projects
No smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committed

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Mr Nitin Shetty
Job title
Consultant Spinal surgeon & spinal lead
Email address
Telephone number
020 7288 3310
Additional information

Mr Rohit Shetty, Consultant Spinal surgeon and interim clinical lead for Trauma & Orthopaedics


Telephone : 020 7288 3310