Stroke Consultant – Ipswich, Suffolk

Stroke Consultant

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ipswich, Suffolk


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

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Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

We would invite applicants who are looking to join an innovative and dynamic small team of stroke physicians to look after the second busiest stroke service in the Anglian region. We are consistently scoring an A in the national audit and were shortlisted for a BMA Award in 2019.

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Main duties of the job

The postholder will participate in:

This is a full time substantive post and will complete the team at the Ipswich Hospital site as part of the ESNEFT strategy for Stroke. It is specific to the Ipswich site.

7 day inpatient stroke rota ( hyperacute and acute care) – 28 inpatient beds

Daily TIA clinics and weekly outpatient clinics reviewing new referrals and stroke follow ups

Leading and developing the educational requirement of the stroke service

There is the option to participate in additional activity including participating in the acute medicine on call rota, or as an alternative the regional telemedicine rota. 

Working for our organisation

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provides hospital and community health care . We serve a wide geographical area with a population approaching 800,000 residents. We deliver care services from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals, high street clinics and in patients’ own homes. We have nearly 10,000 staff, with an annual budget of over £650 million. We are the largest NHS organisation in the East Anglia.

We are building for better care with an exciting capital development programme across our sites – totalling £100million over the next five years.

We are building a new elective orthopaedic centre for ESNEFT at Colchester Hospital. It will be one of the biggest centres in the country and will ensure we can retain complex and low volume cases locally for the people we serve.

We are also now building a £7million specialist interventional radiology and cardiac angiography unit at Colchester.

At Ipswich we are investing £35million in a new Emergency Department and co-located Urgent Treatment Centre, with additional diagnostic imaging kit (MRI and CT). There’s a £5.3million molecular diagnostic laboratory soon to open at Ipswich, and works begins soon for a new Breast Care Centre and a Children’s Unit.

You can find out more about us on our websiteand please take a look at our Come and Join us recruitment video.  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

There will be a rolling weekly one in four rota with four components:

Care of HASU patients and acute stroke calls

Care of ASU patients

TIA clinics Monday to Friday

Outpatients clinics

Weekend work will including HASU ward round, TIA clinic and ward reviews

 Days off in lieu will follow a weekends or bank holidays on duty

The successful applicant will be expected to join a rota (one in six with prospective cover) to provide weekend and bank holiday Stroke Unit ward rounds and assessment of high risk TIA referrals. There is participation from an acute medicine and elderly care colleague in this rota.

Programmed activities This is a 10 PA contract based on the recommendations from the BMA . This is split into 8.5 PA’s direct clinical care and 1.5 supporting PA’s.

Direct clinical care 8.5PAs on average per week (includes clinical activity, clinically related activity and predictable emergency work). Supporting professional activities 1.5 PAs on average per week (includes CPD, audit, teaching, appraisal)

Person specification


Essential criteria

GMC Registered Inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register for Stroke or within six months of expected date of CCT(or be eligible for entry onto these registers within 6 months of application)

GMC Registered Inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register for Stroke or within six months of expected date of CCT(or be eligible for entry onto these registers within 6 months of application)

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr M Rahman Chowdhury
Job title
Clinical Lead
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01473 712233