Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of £410m for 2017/2018.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Our Strategic Vision For 2020 Is

As a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, we will provide high quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way, through our skilled and motivated workforce” .

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance. Working patterns such as; part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview

We require a Locum Consultant Thoracic Surgeon to join the Thoracic Surgery team, comprising of one Thoracic and three Consultant Cardiothoracic surgery colleagues. This will create a 1:5 on call rota, supported by 9 intermediate staff and 4 junior posts.

The Trust provides tertiary Cardiothoracic services for 1.6 million people of Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust executive team and divisional board are committed to supporting Thoracic Services and this new appointment is seen as an integral part of this support.

The department of Cardiothoracic Surgery provides services for adult patients throughout the NW region. The Lancashire Cardiac Centre was commissioned in July 2006 and is one of our four regional centres for Cardiothoracic surgery. It houses catheter labs, four operating rooms and 20 critical care beds, together with associated ward beds and dedicated educational and research facilities. A CT scanner has been sited within the wing recently.

Thoracic surgical services are provided through and MDT network of four regional district general hospitals. Approximately 600 cases are performed a year with 180 resections for lung cancer. A lung cancer screening programme targeting our two highest incidence areas will increase this by an estimated 50 cases annually. The department offers VATS procedures, endobronchial interventions, and chest wall surgery and is commencing a laser programme.

Applicants must be fully registered with the GMC, have FRCS or equivalent and be on the Specialist Register or be within 6 months of CCST.

Blackpool is a vibrant seaside holiday destination for around 16 million visitors a year and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, rural villages and market towns and has rapid access to the main motorway network. It is less than an hour’s drive to the highly acclaimed and beautiful lake district and Beacon Fell national parks, Manchester airport is within an hour’s drive with international connections. There are good rail connections through the nearby West Coast mainline.

The hospital itself has undergone significant investment in capital developments recently, including a new surgical wind, refurbishment of the women’s and children’s wing, a brand new multi storey carpark and main entrance completed in 2014.

If you are interested in having an informal introduction with the consultants, this can be arranged via Microsoft Teams/Skype upon request.

A Bit More About Us And The Surrounding Area

Although Blackpool is, of course, a famous seaside destination that attracts millions of visitors every year, you might be surprised at the breadth and variety of scenery on offer in this particular part of North-West England. They go way beyond the town itself and are part of what makes us such an attractive place to work.

It’s not just the area that’s a great draw – as a member of our team, you’ll have access to one of the most generous and comprehensive pension schemes in the UK, a minimum of 27 days annual leave (on top of Bank Holidays) and an award-winning package of staff benefits.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.