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This is an exciting time to join the Acute Medicine team, which is based in the Combined Assessment Unit (CAU) in our new state of the art District General Hospital.

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is the principal hospital in South-West Scotland, providing services to Dumfries and the surrounding catchment area with a population of approximately 148,000 people.

Successful applicants will be working as part of an enthusiastic consultant-led team, comprising doctors in training, advanced nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and a full range of Allied Health Professionals. The CAU is located adjacent to the Emergency Department (ED) within the Emergency Care Centre (ECC) and accepts patients from ED as well as direct admissions from Primary Care.

The Acute Medicine Specialty Doctor will contribute to the assessment and management of unselected medical admissions, including Ambulatory patients, and to the continuing care of short-stay patients within the CAU following consultant review. He/she will be supported to develop procedural skills within the unit, and eventually to support and teach the junior trainees in the acquisition of such skills. Audit and quality improvement work will be encouraged, and there is a culture of ongoing education and learning in a friendly and supportive environment. There is a consultant presence in the unit throughout an extended working day, meaning that senior advice and supervision are always readily available. There is also an opportunity to manage High Dependency care patients within our superb Critical Care Unit, with support from the Intensive Care team when required.

Hours of work will be 40 hours, 10 PAs per week (full time) or an agreed variation of this subject to a minimum of 16 hours per week. Four hours per week are allocated to Supporting Professional Activity time (SPA). The post will include a contribution to the out of hours rota, with some evening and weekend work paid at enhanced rates to support the middle grade doctors. It is anticipated that this will evolve into a leadership/co-ordination role as the Specialty Doctor gains in experience.

Placement on the salary scale will be based on previous equivalent experience. Annual leave entitlement is 6 weeks per year (depending on experience) plus 10 public holidays per annum (pro rata for part time staff).

Successful applicants will be supported to develop the full range of Acute Medicine competencies and any candidates wishing to pursue the CESR process to full accreditation will be supported to do so.

We have an excellent active and forward thinking educational department including:

• Leaders in simulation faculty

• Undergraduates from the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee

• Rated best Board in Scotland for training in 2016 GMC survey

• Rated in top ten Boards in UK for Foundation training two tears running

• Active educational programme

We would welcome and encourage candidates who wish to develop their skills in clinical teaching.

It is a great time to join us in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary as we are now well settled in to our lovely new hospital. This allows our staff to provide high quality clinical care in a beautiful and modern environment.

Dumfries and Galloway is a stunning rural area in southwest Scotland with excellent transport links with easy access to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Northern England, and London. The region offers excellent schools and quality, affordable housing.

Informal enquiries would be welcomed by Dr Sian Finlay, Consultant in Acute Medicine: telephone – or email: or Dr Alex McDonald, , Consultant in Acute and Critical Care Medicine. To arrange a visit to the Department please contact Patsy Pattie, Clinical Service Manager onor email:

Visit to download a Job Description and application form, email

Please email completed application forms and CV’s to (or post to NHS Dumfries & Galloway, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor North, Mountainhall, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4AP).


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