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Consultant in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery


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Breast Surgery
10 PA's
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Royal Cornwall Hospital
£76,761 to £103,490 pa
28/01/2018 23:59

Oncoplastic breast consultant surgeon


Applications are invited for the post of Oncoplastic Breast Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. It would be desirable, but not essential for the post holder to have an interest in skin cancer surgery.


You are invited to apply to join our dynamic, enthusiastic and forward thinking breast team. You would be the 6th member of our consultant team managing patients across Cornwall with breast disease. The current team also has expertise in the surgical management of skin cancer, transgender surgery and the surgical management of patients with a family history of breast cancer.


The breast surgery service is part of the 650 bedded Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Truro, with two further sites; St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle, and West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance, both in the west of the county. All breast clinical and diagnostic work is carried out at the Mermaid Centre (Truro) in a purpose built unit. Most routine breast surgery is undertaken at St Michael's Hospital, where there are ring-fenced dedicated beds.


This busy and dynamic breast unit manages both symptomatic and breast screening patients. We treat approximately 500 patients a year with a new diagnosis of breast cancer and see approximately 12,000 out patients annually. You would join a team already well established in oncoplastic and reconstructive techniques. Patients are offered a full range of reconstructive choices and we have good links with plastic surgeons in Exeter and Plymouth for those patients requiring free flap reconstruction both in the immediate and delayed setting. We are supported by a reconstructive breast nursing team and a team of expert breast care nurses.


RCHT breast unit is an active research centre and eligible patients are offered entry into several multicentre national surgical trials such as POSNOC, LORIS and POBRAD M as well as a large number of oncology trials. In additional we are at the forefront of technological advances; we use radioguided occult lesion localisation (ROLL) and have the largest national series, we have a 3D Tomosynthesis unit in theatre and a 3D camera in the form of VECTRA in outpatients for our breast reconstruction patients. We are supported in our clinics by a motivated research team and have been the leading recruiter in a number of international research trials.


Cornwall is a beautiful county which offers an outstanding quality of life and providing many opportunities for outdoor activities, with its sailing waters, surfing beaches and rugged coastal pathways for walking, and cycling. There is a thriving arts and theatre scene as well as an interesting variety of eating places, including celebrity-owned restaurants within Cornwall. The major route both in and out of the county is the A30 which connects with the M5 motorway at Exeter. There is an excellent rail service with daily passenger and sleeper services and an airport at Newquay with daily connections to many cities throughout the UK and abroad.


Applicants are required to be on the GMC Specialist Register, or within six months of their expected date of receipt of a CCT / EU equivalent certification at the time of interview. Applications are welcomed from those unable to work full time for personal reasons or those wishing to job-share.


Informal enquiries regarding this post should be addressed to Ms Polly King, Specialty Lead and Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Truro, TR1 3LJ, 01872 255075 or polly.king1@nhs.net



The Royal Cornwall Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employ

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Informal enquiries regarding this post should be addressed to Ms Polly King, Specialty Lead and Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Truro, TR1 3LJ, 01872 255075 or polly.king1@nhs.net

If you have problems applying, contact

01872 252674