- Advert number: 310682-0
- Posted Date: 20/08/12
- Closing Date: 28/09/12
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit
£44,000 per annum
The British Antarctic Survey, part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is responsible for the UK’s scientific research in Antarctica. The survey’s medical unit is based in Plymouth, and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is looking to appoint Medical Officers to work in Antarctica.
To meet our requirements you must be a fully registered medical practitioner with at least 3 years + post qualification. If you are currently in training, some Deaneries/ Specialities allow successful applicants to keep their training numbers and view BASMU time as out of programme experience (OOPE). We consider Doctors from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. Appointments are in the region of 23 months for these over-wintering posts on a research station, i.e. 6 months training in Plymouth followed by a 17 month deployment. The posts also entail covering the BAS ships while en route to and from the Antarctic region. The appointments will start on 1 May 2013. Following training in the UK you will be responsible for the healthcare of all personnel on one of the research stations or ships, reporting to the Senior Medical Officer in Plymouth
where supervision and advice is available on a 24 hour basis via telemedicine links. The complete programme of training, clinical responsibility and research is designed to enable doctors to obtain a Diploma or Master of Science degree in Remote Health Care, awarded by the Peninsula Graduate School for Antarctic deployments. We support staff undertaking the MSc dissertation option involving a dissertation that may be based on novel research. To date, returning Doctors have moved back into a wide range of posts; from standard training in ED, surgery, medicine, radiology, paeds’ etc. to continuing a career in remote environments.
You must be physically fit for Antarctic deployments. To be suitable, you will likely enjoy outdoor activities, have a sense of adventure and be willing to spend a long period overseas within a small community. These posts offer exciting opportunities in a fascinating area of the world which has been described as the last true wilderness. Doctors develop communication and interpersonal skills and expertise in unusual areas of medicine. Standard UK/EU work permit regulations apply.
The salary is £44,000 per annum. Travel, accommodation, meals, clothing and specialist equipment is provided during the deployment therefore the bulk of salary is saved, alongside advantageous tax conditions. NHS Pension rights are preserved as employees of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
For further details and an application form please contact Mr P Marquis, Remote Health Care Manager, British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit, Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH. Telephone: 01752 315220 or email: email@example.com (preferred route of enquiry).
Closing date: 28th September 2012.
Provisional interview period: mid November 2012.
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is actively working towards a smoke free working environment. Under the Trust’s Green Commuter Strategy, on site parking is limited.
Working in Partnership with the Peninsula Medical School.