Locum Consultant – Anaesthetist

We have an exciting opportunity for a Locum Consultant to work with us at University Hospitals Plymouth in Anesthesia.

Doctors Direct are part of NHS Professionals and owned by the Department of Health and Social Care, which means that we are part of the NHS family and sets us apart from locum agencies. We are working with University Hospitals Plymouth to help support them with their current medical vacancies.

We are looking for a dedicated doctor ready to work in a Trust that puts their patients at the heart of everything they do.

This post is available for an initial period of six months with possible extension to a year. The post holder will provide a wide range of anaesthetic services, including tertiary care. There will be a requirement to participate in evening and weekend working. The post holder will interact with members of the surgical teams and theatre staff, and also with ward staff associated with the care of patients. He/she will also be a member of the directorate interacting with colleagues and trainees.

The post holder will be managerially responsible to the Service Line Lead for Anaesthesia, and professionally responsible to the Medical Director.

The employer is Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

The job plan is based on a full-time appointment.


Duties of the post

This post is for a Locum Consultant Anaesthetist. He/she will be responsible for the delivery of high-quality anaesthesia. The post holder will be required to comply with all Trust Policies notably in relation to job planning, appraisal and leave taking in line with Departmental and Trust objectives. E.g. Flexible working and annualised job plans. S/he will also be expected to participate in the normal duties relating to the administration of the Department of Anaesthesia. These duties will include teaching, continuing medical education and audit.


The Post holder will not be expected to participate in an on-call rota.

The Directorate is committed to support the efficient development of surgical specialties. The successful applicant for this post will be expected to participate in the provision of anaesthetic services for operating lists that start earlier than the normal start times or are planned to run on into the late evening and potentially weekend elective, emergency and trauma anaesthetic cover. This will be agreed with the Director of Anaesthetic Services and an appropriate allocation of programmed activities will be agreed for this work.


Post Holders are required to

  • Adhere to Trust policies and procedures, e.g., Health and Safety at Work, Equal Opportunities etc.
  • Work to the Trust values - Put patients first, take ownership, Respect others, Be positive.
  • Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.
  • Attend statutory, essential, and mandatory training.
  • Respect the confidentiality of all matters relating to their employment and other members of staff. All members of staff are required to comply with the requirements of the data protection act 1998.
  • Comply with the corporate governance structure in keeping with the principles and standards set out by the Trust.
  • Comply with the codes of professional conduct set out by the professional body of which registration is required for the post.
  • Ensure that they are familiar with the Risk Management Framework, follow policies, procedures and safe systems of work, make known any hazards or risks that they identify and take all necessary actions to reduce risk. All staff must ensure that they attend appropriate statutory and essential training.


This job description is neither definitive nor exhaustive and is not intended to be totally comprehensive. It may be reviewed in the light of changing circumstances following consultation with the post holder. This job description is to be read in conjunction with all current PHNT policies & guidelines.

Under the Public Records Act all NHS employees are responsible for any records that they create or use in the course of their duties. Thus any records created by an employee of the NHS are public records and may be subject to both legal and professional obligations.

All staff have a responsibility for the prevention and control of infection and the post holder must comply fully with all current Trust Infection Control policies and procedures. 


About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a locum consultant to join the Locum Bank at University Hospitals Plymouth. The trust is looking for Medics with a minimum of 6 months experience in an NHS Trust. Shifts will be offered on an ad-hoc basis and successful applicants will have the option to book across specialties. Shifts can be self-booked through the Medics Online booking system or Allocate Me App with a mixture of days, nights and twilights being available.

Longer term placements may also be offered depending on experience.


Pay Rate




Locum Consultant






Doctors Direct recruit to the highest of NHS standards and all applicants for this role should meet pre-screening requirements before applying.

  • Full GMC licence to practice
  • Minimum of 6 months experience in and NHS Trust within the last 2 years
  • Must have a Valid Right to Work
  • Location is Plymouth Derriford hospital



About the Trust

Located in Britain’s Ocean City, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is the largest hospital Trust in the South West Peninsula, providing comprehensive secondary and tertiary care to a wider population of almost 2,000,000 people. The Trust works within a network of hospitals to offer a range of specialist services including kidney transplants, Neonatal intensive care and high risk obstetrics and cardiothoracic surgery, among others.

Employing around 7,000 staff and volunteers, University Hospitals Plymouth is a major contributor to a region that is a mix of both rural and urban.

Doctors Direct have been proudly working in partnership with the Trust since January 2019 to support with the recruitment of doctors and ultimately help them realise their vision of providing excellent care, with compassion, wrapped around people’s individual needs.


Why Choose Doctors Direct?

Doctors Direct are part of NHS Professionals and owned by the Department of Health and Social Care, which means that we are part of the NHS family and sets us apart from locum agencies. We are working with University Hospitals Plymouth to help support them with their current medical vacancies.


Want to know more?

To express your interest, please email SouthWestCRTeam@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk where the local Doctors Direct team can provide more information on how to apply.

As an equal opportunities organisation, NHSP is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective bank members and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership. We believe there is a strong case for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply.


“COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our bank members who are not clinically exempt from vaccination to get vaccinated.