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£40.00 - £45.00 per hour
Blacon, Chester, Cheshire West and Chester CH1, UK
Date Advertised:23rd July 2020
Start Date:22nd August 2020
The Resident Medical Officer (RMO) will be part of a team providing 24 hour medical cover and immediate first line resuscitation to any patient, visitor or staff member as required. They will also be required to assist in the management of patients and to provide back-up support to the consultants.
- The RMO must work within their level of experience and competence and highlight verbally and in writing to the nurse in charge if they are being asked to work outside the level of their competences.
- The RMO is to provide medical cover, routine and emergency, during hours of duty and work in conjunction with the other RMO to provide a 24 hour service to the hospital.
- To clerk in and assess emergency admissions as required when the relevant consultant is not immediately available.
- To undertake a morning and evening ward round with a member of the nursing staff, ensuring patients are visited where appropriate. To make an entry in the patient's notes as appropriate, following ward rounds or any other patient examinations.
- Under no circumstances should RMOs seek consent for operations or procedures on behalf of a Consultant. RMOs must seek consent for any procedures that they intend to undertake.
- To liaise with nursing staff regularly, at least every 3-4 hours, to check on patient progress, or more frequently if their condition necessitates. To see patients at the request of nurses in charge and carry out examinations of patients.
- To take blood samples from patients as may be required from time to time. To undertake arterial blood sampling as necessary.
- To supervise the daily clinical management of all patients in conjunction with the nurse team leaders and under the guidance of Consultants and attend all post operative patients on day of operation and every day following.
- To respond to calls from the ward relating to patient care.
- To be familiar with Spire's corporate care pathways.
- To communicate any medical problems or concerns to Consultants.
- To discuss medication on discharge with patients and write a discharge summary if requested.
- To assist in the day to day functions on the ward.
- To administer intravenous medications / therapy if required.
- To administer injections for radiological investigations when required.
- To provide urgent medical attention and emergency treatment to staff or visitors in case of accident or sudden illness in liaison with the senior nurse on duty and to ensure completion of the accident form.
- To certify deaths, complete death certificates and report unexpected deaths to the coroner and complete all relevant documentation including, if appropriate, cremation forms and any documents required by the coroner.
- To act, as may reasonably be required, on behalf of the Consultant in their absence when requested.
- To undertake certain medical procedures required by the Consultants.
- To receive a hand over report on patients from the alternative RMO when commencing duty, and to attend the ward areas between the hours of 07:30 and 9:30 both morning and evening to enable and establish consultant communication.
- To undertake emergency procedures, including resuscitation as required, and to take the lead as necessary.
- To ensure that all consumables used during procedures shall be correctly charged to patient accounts and that all policies regarding revenue capture are adhered to.
- To remain within the Hospital premises whilst on duty. In the event of an RMO not attending for duty at the Hospital, the previous RMO must remain until a replacement is found, ensuring continuous cover.
- To comply with all Hospital policies and procedures, in particular those relating to Health and Safety at Work.
- To attend meetings to discuss incidents and accidents with the Matron / Ward Manager.
- To countersign any drug instructions given by Consultants over the telephone and satisfy prescribing requirements throughout the Hospital, as requested by nursing staff by checking their validity, safety and need.
- To communicate as often as necessary with the Hospital Pharmacist in relation to the patient's prescription and to adhere at all times to the British National Formulary (BNF).
- In exceptional circumstances, the RMO may be called to dispense drugs. The RMO should therefore make themselves aware of the necessary procedures.
- The RMO is not allowed to prescribe drugs to other staff without permission from the Matron.
- The RMO can spend time in Theatre, observing procedures if agreed by the Consultant and Ward Manager. The RMO must be available to return to the ward and departments in required.
- The RMO must, at all times, abide by the Data Protection Guidelines. The night RMO will undertake a patient's records audit as indicated by the Ward Manager and will review pre-admission questionnaires / NHS notes.
- This job description is not intended to represent the full range of duties, but it is indicative of some tasks to be undertaken. Regular reviews will occur and changes may be made to meet the needs of the Hospital.
Qualifications, training, experience and Immunity Status.
- 1-3 years post-registration experience in General Medicine and Surgery.
- Valid medical qualifications with full GMC registration.
- Good communication skills at all levels.
- Current certified competence in ALS and PALS/EPLS.
RMOs must provide evidence of:
- Immunity to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, TB, chickenpox and rubella.
- Be immunised against polio and tetanus.