Monday, 25 June 2012

Consultant in SEM required in London

Connect Physical Health require an SEM Consultant to work in London across its two Community NHS Musculoskeletal contracts.

The first contract in Camden is well established and the successful applicant will take over the role from the current SEM Consultant in post. The Camden role includes assessment and management of GP- referred patients as part of a multidisciplinary MSK team including Physiotherapists, Podiatry, Osteopaths, GPs with Special Interest (GPwSI), Rheumatologist, Orthopaedic Surgeons and integrated Pain Service. In this contract there are strong links with University College Hospital (UCH) and Royal Free Hospital.

The second contract is due to begin in September in Kensington& Chelsea involving a new GP-commissioned NHS community MSK service. This contract will be provided in full partnership with Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust Hospital and involves a similar multidisciplinary community service to Camden. The post-holder would work within this service clinically alongside Trust staff as well as sit on the “MSK Board” which oversees the successful running of the service. The SEM Consultant would support the Clinical Director of the ChelWest musculoskeletal department (an Orthopaedic Surgeon) overseeing the clinical aspects of the service.

In both contracts, the post-holder would have responsibility for clinical support to the team, particularly the physiotherapists at all levels and GPwSIs. There would also be a teaching commitment to the rest of the team and GPs within both boroughs. In addition Connect plans to run a GPwSI training programme in London, reproducing successful programmes elsewhere in the UK. The post-holder would be a key person in the operation of this programme and teaching on it. The successful applicant will possess excellent clinical skills and skills/ developing proficiency with MSK Ultrasound.

Connect Physical Health is a longstanding independent provider of high quality NHS MSK services with patients at the centre of care. Connect is expanding rapidly in the Community MSK sector across the UK and in London. The successful candidate in this role would be expected to be able to represent Connect favourably to GP Commissioners and potential partner organisations including NHS Hospital Trusts. The ability to relate to GPs and Hospital Consultants will be an important part of the role.

Linked to this role, there is the potential for 2 sessions in SEM at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health and University College Hospital, London. Pending approvals, the Connect MSK opportunity would provide four sessions per week plus extra sessions for GPwSI training, with up to two extra sessions in SEM possible at UCH.

This is an exciting role with the ability to develop the scope of the role and clinical practice. It is likely that further sessions up to full-time may develop. The candidate would be fully supported by the Clinical Lead for Connect, a Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine. Start date would be as soon as possible after 1st August.

Applications by post containing a letter of application and up to date CV to:
Dr Graeme Wilkes, 36 Apex Business Village, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 7BF or by email to
If you wish further information please email Dr Graeme Wilkes at including a contact telephone number. Further Connect Physical Health information at

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