Consultant in Chronic Pain Management – Ipswich, Suffolk

Consultant in Chronic Pain Management

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ipswich, Suffolk


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

Talk to us about our range of flexible working opportunities, apprenticeships and staff benefits

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

This is an innovative and expanding department. A Service that encourages ideas for development and uses the best evidence based practice.  The multidisciplinary team offers a full range of Pain Management interventions ranging from seminars, groups, individual sessions/treatment; and Pain Management Programmes. The service is predominately on one site but works closely with neighbouring Pain Services.

There are currently 2 Pain Consultants, 2 Clinical Psychologists, 3 Non Medical Prescribers, 2 Senior Physiotherapists, 4 Nurses and 4 admin support.  We also support trainees from various professional bodies.  The team work closely together on various pathways: Headache/Facial; Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome; Pelvic Pain; Self-Management; Amputation; Fibromyalgia; Neuromodulation (SCS); flare Up; Opioid reduction; medical intervention.  Team members are also part of various regional, national and international societies.

We are committed to being a great place to work, and great place to train and a great place to receive care. As a large organisation we offer exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

We have a simple philosophy: Time Matters. Time matters for our patients, their families and our staff. By focusing on time, we can remove unnecessary stress and frustration – giving our patients a better experience and to make sure you have more time to care and make the most of your skills.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will:

Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the management of patients.

To promote new ways of working and co-ordinating care for patients in the hospital and community and to ensure that services are based on effective and integrated partnerships across the health community.

Take part in multidisciplinary case discussions and meetings.

Work with the multi-professional team to develop care pathways and clinical guidelines working closed with the clinical lead.

Develop and maintain good working practices within wards, outpatients and A&E

Collaborate and promote close working links with colleagues in tertiary centres, community services and primary care.

Offer support and leadership to junior medical colleagues, nursing colleagues and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

To share with colleagues responsibility for the day to day management of patients.

To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and Audit.

Working for our organisation

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provides hospital and community health care . We serve a wide geographical area with a population approaching 800,000 residents. We deliver care services from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals, high street clinics and in patients’ own homes. We have nearly 10,000 staff, with an annual budget of over £650 million. We are the largest NHS organisation in the East Anglia.

We are building for better care with an exciting capital development programme across our sites – totalling £100million over the next five years.

We are building a new elective orthopaedic centre for ESNEFT at Colchester Hospital. It will be one of the biggest centres in the country and will ensure we can retain complex and low volume cases locally for the people we serve.

We are also now building a £7million specialist interventional radiology and cardiac angiography unit at Colchester.

At Ipswich we are investing £35million in a new Emergency Department and co-located Urgent Treatment Centre, with additional diagnostic imaging kit (MRI and CT). There’s a £5.3million molecular diagnostic laboratory soon to open at Ipswich, and works begins soon for a new Breast Care Centre and a Children’s Unit.

We would like you to help us provide the best care and experience for the communities we serve in east Suffolk and north Essex. You can find out more about us on our website.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The job plan is expected to consist of 7 Programmed Activities (PAs) and the exact details of job plan will be agreed with the successful candidate after their appointment.

The appointee will be expected to undertake:

Outpatient clinics

Commitment to the various pathways

Supervision and support to the NMPs

Ward referrals

Take part in Consultant On Call rota

Attend Pain multidisciplinary meetings

Attend additional multidisciplinary meetings within the MSK Directorate

Theatre lists

Person specification


Essential criteria

Fully Accredited for Higher Specialist Training or will be eligible for inclusion on the Specialist Register within 6 months of the interview date.

FRCA or Equivalent

Excellent clinical skills and experience requisite to meeting all aspects of the Job Plan.

Experience of working or advanced training in a pain clinic

Ability to supervise juniors undertaking research projects

Desirable criteria

Higher degree e.g. MSc, MD or equivalent.

Management training on an accredited course.

Evidence of clinical or research commitment and a relevant specialty interest.

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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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

Tara Kipling
Job title
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01473 712233
Additional information

Requests for visits to the unit should be made to: Tara Kipling ([email protected])


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