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Consultant recruitment drive as radiology team expands

Friday, 11 July, 2014
Consultant recruitment drive as radiology team expands

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has today announced a recruitment drive for new Consultant Radiologists to join its award winning radiology teams across Northumberland and North Tyneside. 

With work soon set to begin on the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital – the first of its kind in England to have emergency care consultants available around the clock – the Trust is expanding its radiology team.

Six new Consultant Radiologists posts have been created with successful applicants set to work across the Trust’s hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck, as well as the new Cramlington site from 2014/15.

Joining an eleven strong team of Consultant Radiologists already established at the Trust, the new senior clinicians will play an influential role in developing and expanding the radiology service across the Trust’s hospital and community based teams, leading over 180 radiology staff.

Working with state-of-the-art equipment in modern facilities, the Trust is hoping to attract national and international candidates with the lure of rural Northumberland, the coast, countryside and city life all within a stone’s throw of Northumbria’s main hospitals and fast transport links by air, rail, road and sea to destinations worldwide.

The radiology service at Northumbria Healthcare has benefited from substantial capital investment in recent years and manages work across three busy X-ray departments, diagnosing hundreds of thousands of patients, as well as carrying out CT, MRI and ultrasound scans.

Mr David Evans, Medical Director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is a very exciting time to be joining our organisation as we look to expand our radiology service in the run up to the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

“Our Consultant Radiologists and their teams, play a central role in the fast diagnosis and treatment of our patients every single day and we are investing in this service even further to bring more senior clinicians into post as we move towards our new model of emergency care.

“We know that having the right medical experts on hand – whatever the time of day or night – will ultimately help us save lives and all of our Consultant Radiologists will have a pivotal role to play in the expansion and development of the service in the next few years. 

“We actively support all of our clinicians to lead, develop and enhance services that will benefit patients and we’re keen for our new recruits to share this ethos of continuous improvement.”

The new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital will include four general radiography rooms where the majority of X-rays will be carried out, as well as two CT scanners, three ultrasound systems and a new MRI system.

30 year old Consultant Radiologist Mark Twemlow is the Trust’s most recent recruit, joining the team in September 2012.  Originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, Mark moved to Newcastle for university in 2000 and completed his undergraduate and postgraduate training in the North East.

Having trained at all the major NHS trusts in the region, he chose to apply to Northumbria Healthcare when he qualified. Mark said: “I wanted to join a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation and was very excited by the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. 

“The new hospital will see all major acute admissions to the Trust and as such radiology will play a vital role in streamlining the care pathways for patients.    I work with an excellent team of clinicians who are keen to see the radiology department develop.

“For me personally, it is fantastic to have a voice in how that radiology service will be designed to complement and enhance existing services.”

Applicants looking for more information about the new Consultant Radiologist posts should visit  Closing dates for all applications is 3 November.