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Consultant in General Surgery with Interest in Colorectal

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
General Surgery
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Royal Preston Hospital
£84,559 - £114,003 Based on 10 PA's
Salary period
04/11/2021 23:59

Job overview

The successful candidate will be one of 20 Consultant General Surgeons working across the two hospital sites to provide Elective Colorectal services and Emergency General Surgery.

There are 2 posts currently available. 

You will have an interest in Colorectal surgery and will be expected to take a share of the elective/emergency general surgical work in the department. The post also includes cover of Consultant colleagues where necessary owing to leave commitments.   

Prospective applicants should be able to demonstrate experience and recognised  training in laparoscopic colorectal surgery. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a practice in colorectal and emergency general surgery.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:

  • Have a specialist interest in Colorectal surgery.
  • Partake in a 1 in 20 on call rota for General Surgery, based at the Royal Preston Hospital, as well as covering Chorley District Hospital. The post holder will also take part in an additional 1 in 10 sub-specialty duty rota.
  • Conduct theatre lists, clinics and endoscopy sessions and participate in the ward care of emergency surgery and elective patients.
  • Take part in management of Major Trauma. LTH is a regional Major Trauma Centre. Supporting this is a consultant-led trauma team and the successful candidate will be part of this team during the day-time and provide out of hours support as required when on-call.
  • Be encouraged to develop a subspecialty interest within colorectal surgery.

Working for our organisation

General Surgical services are currently delivered by a unified department across the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital sites. The Upper GI and Colorectal teams maintain a longstanding tradition of team-working with joint patient management, joint ward rounds, joint operating where necessary and regular team meetings. Both teams work across both the Chorley and Preston sites.

All members of the team are dedicated to high quality training.

The Dept. of General Surgery is within the Acute & Specialist Surgery business unit  which also incorporates a full range of vascular and urology services and is the regional centre for Vascular Surgery (including interventional vascular radiology 24h/7 days a week).


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

An established interest in surgical education/training would also be desirable. There is a strong undergraduate department with links to the University of Manchester with a large cohort of medical students placed in the hospital from their 3rd to 5th year. The GI surgical department has led regional ST teaching programme for the last 14 years and is actively involved in delivering national courses and an MSc programme.

Vascular Surgery (including interventional vascular radiology 24h/7 days a week).

Royal Preston Hospital

The General Surgery Department is based on three wards. There is an additional Surgical Assessment Unit with a waiting area and assessment trolleys supported by an efficient team of dedicated nurse specialists. Three of the 12 theatres are dedicated to general surgery, one of which is a dedicated ROBOT theatre that is utilised by Colorectal, Urology, Upper GI and Gynaecology surgeons. There is a dedicated 24-hour Emergency Theatre and separate Day Case Unit and modern Endoscopy Suite.

An excellent radiology department boasts 3 CT scanners, 2 MR scanners, a nuclear medicine department and interventional radiology. PET-CT scanning is available on site.

Chorley Hospital

There are two general surgical theatres with an integrated laparoscopic theatre, in-patient surgical beds, and Endoscopy Unit as well as full out-patient facilities and a radiology department providing CT, MR and interventional facilities. Elective patients are admitted to a dedicated surgical ward.


The Colorectal unit has an established and well respected practice in all aspects of colorectal surgery.  The team currently exists of eight full time consultants supported by 5 middle grades (2 Deanery STs, 3 Fellows), 2 SHOs and 4 FY1s assisted by 2 fulltime Physician’s Associates.

All consultants perform laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery.  

Robotic Colorectal surgery has been performed routinely since 2017 and we have the expertise and facilities to accommodate robotic training.

Please  see the job description for further information. 

We would be happy to answer any queries you may have regarding this post and any enquiries should be made with Mr Ioannis Peristerakis, Clinical Director of Colorectal Surgery. Tel: 01772 522261 or via email:

Informal enquiries and requests to visit the Hospitals are welcome and should be made, following shortlisting, with Dr. Geraldine Skailes, Medical Director and Kevin McGee, Chief Executive (01772) 522692.

Our team is our work family. At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, you will be working as part of a collaborative, friendly and caring team of incredible people who are committed to providing excellent care with compassion. We celebrate diversity, encourage everyone to contribute, and you are valued for who you are.

Our mission is to provide excellent care with compassion.

The applicant must have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English that enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMCs Good Medical Practice (2013). Non-UK applicants must possess the IELTS/OET exam before obtaining a GMC licence to practice.

If you are successful in obtaining a position with our Trust which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check. As a registered body with the DBS, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will conduct the administration of this application on your behalf and the cost will be recovered from your salary, either as a one-off payment or over 3 months. Currently the charges made by the Disclosure and Barring Service for an Enhanced DBS check is £48.20.

Successful applicants will be contacted by e-mail. Please ensure that email addresses are provided for your referees wherever possible.

As we often have many applicants for jobs at LTHTR, we regret that we will only be able to contact those applicants who are short-listed for interview.  Therefore, if you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, then please assume that you have not been short-listed for interview on this occasion.

The NHS Constitution outlines what staff working in the NHS can expect from their employer and what is expected of you. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals is committed to the NHS Values and Pledges as expressed in the Constitution.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. An interview is guaranteed to any applicant with a disability who meets the essential criteria of the person specification.      

If you have any difficulty applying on line, please contact the Medical Workforce Team        


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Meets professional health requirements in line with GMC Standards / Good Medical Practice.


Essential criteria
  • Must be resident within 30 minutes of travel to Chorley/Preston.


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration
  • MBBS or equivalent
  • FRCS or equivalent
  • Inclusion on the specialist register/admission within 6 months

Research and Development

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications or research activity
Desirable criteria
  • Higher Degree


Essential criteria
  • Wide experience of general surgery and specific training in colorectal surgery and at least year 5/6 SpR training or equivalent in a Specialist Unit.
  • Experience in diagnostic endoscopy is essential and the ability to deal with a wide range of elective and emergency general surgical conditions.
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced laparoscopic training
  • Experience of Major trauma centre
  • Colorectal subspecialty interest


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of commitment to audit.
  • Examples of involvement in service development.
Desirable criteria
  • Management course / certification.

Attitudes and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Example's of commitment to working as part of a clinical team.
  • Effective communication skills and good organisation.
  • Examples of working well within a multi-disciplinary environment.
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching skills for both medical and paramedical disciplines.
  • Advanced communication skills course completion.
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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

Ioannis Peristerakis
Job title
Clinical Director for Colorectal
Email address
Telephone number
01772 522261