Junior Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery

University Hospital Southampton

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


This position provides training opportunities in the care for cardiothoracic surgical patients in the pre- and post-operative setting. The fellow will work at a senior house officer (FY2 – CT2) level and will have days allocated to cardiac and thoracic wards, cardiac high dependency unit and theatre. In theatre, there is opportunity to act as a first assistant in cardiac and thoracic cases, perform basic thoracic procedures and parts of cardiac procedures and progress to improve surgical skills and experience. There are many opportunities to perform ward-based procedures (such as arterial line and chest drain insertion) and undertake audit or research leading to presentations and publications. Full supervision and training will be provided for the involvement of the successful candidate in theatre (no previous operative surgical experience is necessary). Advice and support is available for candidates who are considering a career in surgery. Fellows with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery may have the opportunity to be trained to progress to a registrar position.


What experience/skills are needed

Applicants must have full GMC registration with license to practice. Other qualifications, MRCS part A or B or equivalent and previous experience in cardiology or cardiothoracic surgery would be desirable.

Skills required:

Routine ward-based skills such as peripheral venepuncture and IV cannulation, urinary catheter insertion, basic ECG interpretation and recognition of the deteriorating patient, history-taking and examination. You will be well supported throughout your duties and are expected to escalate any concerns to the registrars and/or consultants.


Appointment will be made under local contractual terms and conditions of service for Trust appointed (non-training fellow doctors and dentists).

Successful candidates will have an educational framework equivalent to training grade doctors, and there will be a named educational supervisor assigned at the start of the post. The opportunity for Continued Professional Development (CPD) is highly supported and encouraged by the Trust, with options available to take study leave. All licensed doctors must meet the GMC requirements for revalidation and there will be an annual appraisal to support this process.

Grades for Trust appointed (non-training) fellows will be paid a basic salary at a nodal pay point linked to the grade, at the rate set out in the National Medical and Dental pay circular. Basic salary detailed below plus any additional remuneration (as applicable) for hours set out in the doctors work schedule (e.g. additional hours, weekend allowance, and any hours which attract enhanced pay)

Basic Salary –  MT03        £40,257     

 Travelling expenses will not be paid for attending interview

Please note that GMC registration (with a licence to practice) and right to work in the UK are essential for this role.  Successful applicants will already have GMC registration or will be able to demonstrate they are eligible.  Applicants requiring Tier 2 sponsorship should ensure they meet the Home Office application criteria prior to submitting an application. 

Interviews will be held on Monday, 10th July 2023

Job Reference: MT0983 – This vacancy closes on or before: Thursday 29th June 2023

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