NHS Tayside want to employ a new doctor
Very laudable indeed, particularly in these economically tough times — we all need to tighten our belts (so we’re told). But there are sick people out there needing healed.
But this isn’t just any doctor. They want a specialty doctor. A specialty doctor in homeopathy, no less.
They describe the job thus (cached):
NHS Tayside Specialty Doctor in Homeopathic Medicine 2 Sessions per week
Due to the retirement of both clinicians, a Specialty doctor is required to work in the NHS Homeopathy Clinic in Dundee. The service currently has 5 four hour sessions divided between two clinicians and the plan is that the service will now consist of a Specialty Doctor and a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Patients are referred from GPs and Hospital Consultants from Tayside and Fife.
Interested applicants should have Membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy or be an Associate Member who is studying for the Membership and have experience of working in an NHS Homeopathy service or have used homeopathy regularly in General Practice.
In addition to carrying out Outpatient sessions, you will be required to conduct regular audit of the service and fulfil the Faculty of Homeopathy requirements for CPD. The job may involve teaching medical students during clinical sessions and occasionally supervising student projects related to homeopathy.
You will also be expected to take an active part in the Tayside Postgraduate Homeopathy Group which meets once a month in the clinic building. In accordance with recent Home Office guidelines, doctors who require a certificate of sponsorship will only be appointed to posts which cannot be filled by suitably qualified UK/EEA applicants or doctors who do not require a certificate of sponsorship.
To obtain an application pack please visit adplus at www.bmjcareers.com or write to Imogen Scott, Workforce Services Team Leader, Workforce Directorate, Level 9, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, enclosing an A4 self-addressed envelope. Please quote reference number IS/10/10
The closing date for applications is 6 September 2010.
NHS Tayside is an Equal Opportunities Employer and Positive about disabled people.
And what does such a prestigious position command in the way of a salary?
£36,807 to £68,638
Yep. That’s right. Up to a tad short of £70,000 for a magic bean dispenser.
This made the Daily Express, who helpfully pointed out that NHS Tayside were also cutting 500 jobs:
NHS ‘ALTERNATIVE THERAPY’ BLAST
NHS Tayside – cutting 500 jobs in the next year in a £30million economy drive – has advertised for a “specialty doctor in homeopathy,” who is required to hold only two sessions a week.
The board insists the £68,000-a-year homeopathic specialist, based in Dundee, will bring “real benefits” to people who are recovering from illnesses such as cancer.
More about what the post entails can be found here, but includes the following gems:
There are 5 clinical sessions which will be divided between a Specialty doctor and Clinical Nurse Practitioner.
During each session, one New and 6 -7 Return patients will be seen and homeopathic treatment prescribed.
Clinical Governance: The Clinical Governance team have conducted Patient Satisfaction Surveys of the Homeopathy Service in the past which indicated that the service is highly valued by patients. These will probably need to be carried out again from time to time.
Clinical Audit: Audit data has been collected after every clinic appointment regarding outcomes of treatment with homeopathy. Clinical Governance analysed data in March 2008 for patients who first attended in 2005 and this showed that 77% of patients had improved with 53% showing marked improvement. This was consistent with the previous year’s findings. The successful applicant will develop their own audit data.
Well, if patients like it and it offers ‘choice’, it must be OK.
Competition for the job is hotting up, and I can reveal that there are already several applicants, all perfectly qualified to dispense sugar pills. Being the considerate people they are, they have all placed their applications online:
I will add others to the list as I find them — please let me know if you come across any.
The closing date is 6 September, so we won’t have too long to wait to find out which of these worthy applicants gets the post.
And there’s a new entry into the charts.
Dr Simon Singh has also applied and has received an information pack in the post — I’ll post more information when I get it.
One by Jet Black
An update on “Dr.” Kevin Bradshaw’s application
And for those wanting to impress NHS Tayside with their homeopathic credentials would be well-advised to get up to Dundee — they are holding a ‘Health Fair‘ on Tuesday 24 August 2010. It is an:
…opportunity for the public to give their views on their experience of NHS Tayside and ideas they may have to improve the current service and how they would like to see future services shaped.
An opportunity not to be missed!
The comedy continues:
Further applications will be inserted here as I find them.
I’ve just submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act to NHS Tayside to better understand their involvement in homeopathy and other AltMed nonsense:
Please treat this email as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please supply the following information:
1. What therapies you consider to be ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’ or included under the heading of ‘integrated’.
2. What NHS Tayside’s policy is on each of the therapies identified at 1.
3. Copies of any guidance or memorandums the NHS Tayside has issued to GPs, staff, patients or others regarding each of the therapies identified at 1.
4. Details of any NHS Tayside posts relating to any of the therapies identified at 1, including job specifications or descriptions.
5. The number of patients treated with each of the therapies identified at 1, including any referred outside of NHS Tayside.
6. How much the NHS Tayside spent in each of the past five years commissioning or otherwise providing or supporting each of the therapies identified at 1, including the cost per patient.
7. Details of any internal memos, minutes, reports, etc concerning any of the therapies identified at 1.
8. Details of any discussion or communication with any patient representative organisations about any of the therapies identified at 1.
9. Details of any discussions, meetings or contracts with the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital or any other similar institution.
10. Details of any discussion or communication with any group, trade body, regulator or other organisation representing any of the therapies identified at 1.
11. Details of any proposed policy that concerns the commissioning or otherwise providing or supporting each of the therapies identified at 1.
If you have any doubt as to whether any information falls within the scope of my request, please assume it does.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to receiving your reply.
I’ll post the response when I get it, but it may take a few weeks.