The anaesthetics service at UHL is part of our ITAPS team, which covers intensive care, theatres, anaesthetics, pain and sleep.
Our patients are our top priority and we constantly strive to improve the care they receive, through looking at the ways we work, ensuring our staff are highly trained and encouraging research which allows us to offer the latest technologies, techniques and medicines – and attract and retain the best staff for our team.
In 2015 we carried out 41,301 elective and 12,614 emergency cases in our 47 theatres and cared for 3,906 patients over 17,072 days (an average length of stay of 4.37 days) in our 45 intensive care beds.
We have more than a thousand staff, including 109 consultants, 65 middle grades, nine ACCS, six fellows, three MTIs and 20 specialty doctors alongside 800 nurses and operating department practitioners, 19 administration and clerical staff and 11 managers.
Our specialty doctors support our middle grade rotas in obstetrics and ICU and we are currently expanding recruitment to these positions. Many of our specialty doctors are successful in moving on to more senior posts within the Trust or with other NHS hospitals. We actively support our specialty doctors to progress to senior clinical fellowship training positions or locum consultant jobs as appropriate in order to further their career.
All specialty doctors working on middle grade rotas are offered the equivalent of eight hours a week to work towards completing and participating in activities necessary for mandatory training, appraisal, revalidation and continuing professional development in their specific areas of interest.
Our specialty doctors have said that the support they received was exemplary and we have received many applications from associates overseas who have had UHL recommended to them as a great place to work.
Recruitment to meet future needs
In 2017 the Trust will be relocating vascular surgery to the Glenfield Hospital to co-locate this service with our cardiothoracic and ECMO service. We will be recruiting specialty doctors to support the additional on-call rota that will be required at the Glenfield and these jobs will be ideal for those doctors who have an interest in vascular and cardiothoracic anaesthesia.
It is planned that the renal transplant and hepato-biliary service will also move to the Glenfield site. We have one of the best vascular services nationally, with more patients surviving longer after an aneurysm repair (to fix a life threatening bulge in a blood vessel).
The Trust is also expanding the intensive care unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and we are recruiting additional specialty doctors to support the opening of these beds. We anticipate that all specialty doctors with an interest in intensive care medicine will have the opportunity to rotate through all three of the critical care units in UHL.