Locum Cardiologist - St Helena Island, South Atlantic
6 weeks (plus quarantine)
If you can assess and treat cardiology clinical cases, you are invited to bring your specialist skills to this sub-tropical island community.
Enjoying unique lifestyle opportunities, St Helena Island is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
Although better placed to develop economically and socially as a result of opening an international airport in 2017, it is not at the stage of self-sufficiency and therefore remains dependent on UK government aid. The 28-bed General Hospital in the capital, Jamestown, covers all areas of acute medical and surgical care.
In this locum post you will arrange follow-up care, offering support and advice to the medical team and training in the latest clinical issues, advising on new texts/journals, equipment, pharmaceuticals and consumables to be acquired. You will also review referral patterns for cardiology cases over the past 3 years and advise on emergency distant support requirements and referral criteria.
Reporting directly to the Senior Medical Officer, your findings and recommendations will be shared and discussed with the SMO and Director of Health prior to departure and a completion report submitted within six subsequent weeks. In advance of your visit the SMO will liaise with you to prepare a list of referred patients and their appointments to make available additional pharmaceuticals and supplies as needed.
A fully qualified cardiologist with substantial post-registration experience, you must have full GMC registration or equivalent and good standing with that body. Able to treat and evaluate cardiac patients with the equipment and facilities available on the island and your experience in advanced echocardiography will have included at least 200 examinations annually.
You should know how to check and programme Medtronic pacemakers, be able to perform and interpret stress tests and have knowledge of GUCH.
In addition, you must demonstrate core values of fairness, integrity and teamwork and use your diverse expertise and experiences to ensure your time on the Island has the broadest benefit to St Helena.
As an officer funded by the UK Government through the Technical Co-Operation Programme you will be expected to share your knowledge and skills beyond the workplace contributing to workforce, community and capacity development in St Helena.
Chartered flights are arranged monthly and this is currently the only way to access the island. Flights are currently arranged for 10th of May and week commencing 21st June and it is essential you can meet either of these travel dates.
You will be taken directly to approved accommodation on the island to quarantine for 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the 6 week placement.
Your contract however would be in place from the day you leave the UK and therefore will be paid from this point onwards.