Consultant Oncologists Medical & Clinical Oncology
NHS Tayside are seeking to recruit Medical and Clinical Oncologists to expand our friendly and evolving service. We are recruiting due to retirals in the organisation and because we have recognised the demand for oncology services is expected to rise. The successful candidates will join an established and supportive oncology team and there is the potential to scope and negotiate posts to suit their preferences and needs in career development for example mixing sub-sites along with teaching, quality improvement and academic research.
We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who would be willing to deliver clinical care and service development for patients with:
Renal, germ cell and advanced prostate cancer
Upper GI and hepatobiliary malignancies
Head and neck cancer
NHS Tayside is the fourth largest board in Scotland and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services to more than 400,000 residents living in Dundee City, Angus and Perth & Kinross and North East Fife. This vibrant region offers the perfect blend of city, country and coastline.
- You are encouraged to discuss any preferred disease sites with us as most could be accommodated with some internal re-organisation.
- You will have the option of a flexible job plan and/or part-time working.
- You will be supported in your new post by your consultant colleagues and by our multi-professional team.
- You will have two Supporting Professional Activities providing the opportunity to contribute to teaching, training, research, clinical governance and clinical leadership.
- You will have the support of Professor Russell Petty and the Academic Unit of Oncology to achieve teaching and research ambitions.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in commercial and non commercial clinical trials supported by a Clinical Research Centre with a dedicated unit within the Oncology department.
NHS Tayside includes three hospital sites: Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary in Perth, and Stracathro Hospital near Brechin. We are a designated Regional Cancer Centre and provide on a single site all Radiotherapy and Medical Oncology services. In addition, we have major disciplines including General Medicine, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery.
Ranked 1st in the UK for medicine in the Complete University Guide 2021 and the Guardian University Guide 2021, the University of Dundee Medical School is integrated into the Ninewells Hospital campus, allowing excellent links with the University, and contributes to an extensive programme of cancer research and access to all specialities and critical care on site.
The University of Dundee Medical School has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and high impact clinical research that places it amongst the best places in the world to study and to practice medicine. Led by Professor Russell Petty, the Academic Unit of Oncology with dedicated clinical and laboratory research facilities will fully support the teaching and research ambitions of applicants. Tayside Academic Medical Science Centre sits at the interface between NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee and provides staffing and infrastructure to support the delivery of Clinical trials and research. Comprising 181 staff, a dedicated clinical research centre (including a satellite Cancer Clinical Trials Unit embedded in the Tayside Cancer centre), dedicated research imaging facility and the Tayside Clinical Trials Unit, TASC will fully support the delivery of the research ambitions of appointed Oncologists.
We operate within the North Cancer Alliance, a regional network to improve cancer care for 1.2 million people who live in the North of Scotland (an area covered by six health boards), through the commissioning and co-ordination of cancer services. Within this network there are three Cancer Centres: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; Ninewells Hospital and Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.
Patient well-being is supported by an award-winning architect designed Maggie’s Centre, situated in a bespoke landscape on the Ninewells Hospital site.
We like other health boards have faced UK wide workforce challenges, and have seen our incredible workforce pull together through these difficult times. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best candidates to allow us to continually improve the services we provide to our patients. We are looking for dynamic, forward thinking individuals to join our experienced and supportive team to help us achieve our future goals.
New Cancer Centre
A major infrastructure project to deliver a new Cancer Centre is underway with the aim of having a modern and contemporary Cancer Centre, to compliment our beautiful Maggie’s Centre and to provide a workspace for the future. This new centre will allow staff to deliver state of the art care, with equipment worthy of the 21st century. It will support staff well-being, facilitate the best patient care and the long-term future of Cancer care in the East of Scotland.
We have secured Scottish Government funding to develop our SABR service in Oligometastatic disease in bone, liver and nodal regions providing exciting and rewarding opportunities for our team to be part of and influence this progression.
The Tayside Cancer Centre in Ninewells Hospital consists of a 23 bedded in-patient ward; a chemotherapy day unit delivering more than 10,200 cycles of SACT per annum; the radiotherapy department delivering more than 1400 courses of radiotherapy per annum, and an out-patient department.
In PRI there is a combined Oncology and Haematology Day Patient Area with 12 treatment chairs and 6 clinic rooms delivering SACT 5 days per week.
Radiotherapy services deliver specialist treatments including brachytherapy and SABR, and houses three Varian linear accelerators, one Canon Aquilion Wide Bore CT scanner, full mould room facilities, HDR brachytherapy facilities, and Raystation Version 9B treatment planning system. VMAT is offered as standard therapy for most disease sites. We are expanding our use of IGRT, and pursuing an exciting programme of equipment replacement.
An Acute Oncology Service operates Monday to Friday in hours providing a co-ordinated approach to cancer care for patients attending the emergency department.
“As a new consultant joining the Tayside oncology department having not worked in the region before, I could not have asked for a more friendly and cohesive team of colleagues to work with. From when I first stepped foot into the department, I have been struck by how welcoming everyone has been- from consultants, to registrars, clinic nurses, administrative staff- everyone has been so forthcoming in helping me to settle in. My colleagues here in Tayside have also been very flexible in adapting my job plan to accommodate my personal circumstances. I am proud to be the newest member of this small, friendly and supportive team.” Yvonne Hu, Consultant
“On approaching my CCT date – I deliberately sought out Tayside Oncology team as somewhere I would consider applying to. I had already met a few members of the consultant and registrar team through ARCPs and registrars meetings, and was immediately struck by the welcoming and friendly nature of the staff. When I went to visit, they all seemed like a wonderful team who got on very well with each other. The whole oncology dept is small and friendly, and functions very well throughout the disciplines. I’m very happy with my decision to work here. Having worked in two other centres, it is by far and away the most friendly and supportive environment I’ve ever been in and has helped me thrive as a consultant.“ Fay Tough, Consultant
Tayside offers many opportunities for career development as well as an excellent work-life balance with affordable housing, excellent schools and rural and city centre living in easy reach.
Tayside is a thriving region of Scotland, close to larger cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow without sharing their high cost of living. The average cost of rent in Dundee for example is 48% less than Edinburgh and around 25% less than the Scottish national average. In 2019, Dundee City was voted “Sunday Times Best Place to live” – to win this award the judges were looking for appealing and affordable housing, access to good schools, attractive parks, green spaces, accessible cultural activities, good transport links and a strong sense of community spirit.
Dundee has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. Dundee’s railway station is located right at the heart of the city centre, close to the cities new £1 billion waterfront regeneration transformation and the banks of the River Tay. There are direct rail services to and from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, all of which are less than 90 minutes away. From London Kings Cross, the direct journey is around 6.5 hours by train. Dundee’s airport is walking distance, located just 3km from the centre and offers direct flights to both Belfast and London City.
Employment sectors in our region are of a wide variety including Energy, Tourism, Retail and Creative industries. The UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, Dundee is a world leader in computer games development, making Tayside a highly attractive place for creative people. Across Dundee & Perth there is also an excellent range of state and private schools available, with suitable extracurricular provision.
Dundee’s heritage has been coined: ‘Jute, Jam and Journalism’. Now, though, the ‘city of discovery’ includes two large universities (Dundee and Abertay) with a thriving life sciences research hub and associated biomedical enterprises. In recent years the importance of IT has grown, and Dundee has become a famous leader for video game development. There is a real cultural hub focussed on venues like the Caird Hall, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the riverside Slessor Gardens, and Perth Concert Hall. Rich musical offerings range from Discovery Bach to the vibrant local live band scene, which has given rise to bands like The View and Snow Patrol. Alternatively, sessions of traditional music can be found in warm cosy pubs like the Fisherman’s in Broughty Ferry.
The region is immersed in rich culture and activities to partake in, and there is something for everyone. Angus has many quaint towns to visit along with the Angus Glens for any keen hill walkers and cyclists. Dundee offers the first V&A museum in the world outside London and the first ever design museum in Scotland and the Dundee Eden Project which is due to open in 2026. Perthshire provides rural countryside, highland hills and lochs, and the bustling city of Perth filled with historical attractions. The university town of St Andrews and home of golf is 30 minutes’ drive from Dundee. Water sports on the coast and inland waters are also popular.
Whether living in town or in the surrounding countryside, Tayside is a fantastic place to live or to bring up a family. Commuting is minimal, and property prices are extremely competitive with a lower cost of living than in many parts of the UK. In Dundee, the riverside scene, with its two bridges, compliments the view from many residential properties. In the countryside, the hills and highlands can often punctuate the horizon. From either, there is easy access to hiking, skiing, world class mountain biking, sea kayaking, and road cycling in some of the best of Scottish countryside. There is a busy Parkrun in the elegant setting of Camperdown park, and there are many sports clubs, pools and fitness facilities available in the area. Dundee is well served by the usual larger shops, with high quality independent boutiques particularly in Dundee’s West-end, Broughty Ferry, and Perth.
Relocating to a new place can be challenging and we are here to help you and can negotiate an attractive relocation package to support successful candidates with moving costs, accommodation and Visa’s where necessary.
Candidates must be fully registered with a licence to practise with the GMC. If you have trained in the UK you should have evidence of higher specialist training leading to CCT or be within 6 months of confirmed entry on the GMC Specialist Register from date of interview. Alternatively, you should possess a CESR/CESR (CP). If you have appropriate specialist training and experience but are not listed on the GMC Specialist Register you can be considered for a Locum Consultant post (up to 12 months) if no substantive Consultant appointment is made. Whilst in locum employment, you can apply to obtain a CESR / CESR (CP) and enter onto the Specialist Register.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact us to have informal discussions regarding job opportunities, including flexible working. To arrange an informal chat please see below contact details
Dr Hannah Lord
Dr Emma Brown
(Secretary – Audrey Martin 01382 632388)
Clinical Care Group Director
Dr Maureen Lafferty
(PA – Lynn McKenzie 01382 740448)
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