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Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Fixed term)

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

Applications are invited for two Fixed Term positions of Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to join and expand the existing team of three consultants.

We are keen to ensure that the post works for you and would be interested in hearing from people that may want to work part-time or flexibly or on a full-time basis.

The primary role of either post will depend on the sub-specialism of the successful candidate.

If the post holder has a Head and Neck Cancer sub-specialism, duties will include attendance at the weekly H&N MDT, joint MDT clinic and H&N operating lists, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with the wider H&N team.

If the post holder has an Orthognathic sub-specialism, duties will include attendance at the weekly Joint Orthognathic Clinic on a rotational basis and developing and maintaining relationships with the team of orthodontic consultants, sharing the orthognathic surgical service with the existing orthognathic surgeon.  There is also a significant opportunity to develop the Surgical Dermatology aspect of the service

The post-holder will also be expected to provide general duties cover for routine Oral and Maxillofacial referrals and trauma.

Applicants are required to be on the OMFS GMC Specialist Register, or within six months of their expected date of receipt of a CCT / EU equivalent certification at the time of interview.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

The Royal Devon Head and Neck Centre is the designated cancer centre supporting the regional cancer network with a population of 1.1 million (North Devon, East Devon, South Devon and Somerset). This is a high-volume centre providing surgical treatment to approximately 220 to 240 patients per year via a weekly regional Head and Neck MDT and a Combined Head and Neck Clinic, both centred in Exeter. The Head and Neck service has become increasingly busy over last five years due to the rapidly expanding population in the South West. The full range of surgical treatments for Head and Neck cancers are provided for, including transoral robotic surgery and 3D planning.  A high volume of microvascular reconstruction cases are carried out by a team of reconstructive surgeons, with a low flap failure rate. Cases of osteoradionecrosis are also treated by the team.  Should the appointee have a sub-specialist interest in H&N, they would join the close-knit H&N MDT.

There is a Joint Orthognathic Clinic occurring weekly to discuss and plan orthognathic cases. This is attended by the existing Orthognathic Surgeon and one of the three consultant orthodontists and their trainees.  3D orthognathic surgical planning is carried out using Synthes/Materialise to construct the surgical splints for all orthognathic cases, with the support of the on-site Maxillofacial Laboratory. Orthognathic Surgery is carried out in Wonford Main Theatres, with inpatient recovery on Otter Ward. It is anticipated that the should the new appointee have a sub-specialist interest in Facial Deformity and Orthognathics, they would share this orthognathic workload.

The post is based on the Wonford site of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where inpatient and outpatient accommodation is situated. The Combined Maxillofacial Unit for North and East Devon is presently covered by the four consultants who are primarily based in Exeter. There is on call commitment on a 1:4 weekday & 1:6 weekend rota. The weekend consultant on call cover is shared between the Royal Devon and Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, but based in Exeter.

A job description and person specification can be obtained via our website or via NHS Jobs on To apply, you must submit a completed application form which should be submitted online on NHS Jobs.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Mr Mike Esson, Clinical Lead for OMFS on (01392) 402216.  Further information can be obtained by contacting our HR Department on Exeter (01392) 404556. 

The Trust is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce and so we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, marriage/civil partnership or transgender status.

Please note all authority for advertising Royal Devon posts rests solely with HR and any such requests should be made direct to them only.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 34 days plus bank holidays depending on grade and years of service.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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