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Medical Advisor, Casualty

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

Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Studios is making some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television.  These range from continuing drama such as Casualty, Doctors, Holby City and EastEnders to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Doctor Who, to name just a few.


Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Series Medical Advisor, the role will provide medical advice to artists on-set and oversee the use of specialist medical props.  The post-holder will also be required to read and breakdown scripts, attend medical meetings relating to on-set advice/requirements for upcoming episodes, and liaise with other departments to ensure medical accuracy and continuity on-set

Your duties will include:

  • Read and breakdown final scripts (Medical, Production, and Shooting scripts), making a note of on-set medical requirements, liaising with the editorial department as required.
  • Compile a medical props list with a description of medical action and equipment required for each episode.
  • Compile and source specialist medical advice as required by the script.  Also arrange and book any set attendance by specialists in conjunction with the production office.
  • Attend medical and production meetings.  Attend other meetings as required.
  • Liaise with Designers, Buyers and external suppliers on specialist medical equipment and set dressing requirements, sourcing and ordering when necessary.
  • Take responsibility for all medical props and equipment used on the set and where necessary ensure that stock levels are maintained – reordering where necessary.
  • Advise on handling procedures of all medical equipment used on-set, including liaison with the electrical department where necessary.
  • Collaborate with costume, makeup and prosthetic departments to ensure medical accuracy and continuity of all personnel on screen.
  • Take responsibility along with the Props Store Manager for medical props and equipment on the asset registers, ensuring that the registers are kept up to date in line with BBC policy.
  • Take responsibility for the operation of all medical equipment on-set and where necessary adapt for filming, including simulation programming.
  • Act as the focal point of all general medical advice on-set including advising actors on how to use equipment and undertake procedures on-screen so as to look authentic and accurate.
  • Supervise and demonstrate medical procedures to artists to ensure on-screen accuracy of portrayal.
  • Liaise with other members of the Art Department and other members of the crew when necessary on the correct operation of medical equipment and medical procedure.
  • Explain and demonstrate specific procedures to artists, giving assurance and support as necessary.
  • Watch and listen to all action as it is being filmed to ensure accuracy and continuity as per the shooting script, and take responsibility for corrections as necessary.
  • Keep up to date with current relevant medical practice and procedure.
  • Production and Shooting scripts should be considered as ‘locked off’. Any proposed or late amendments must only be made following approval from the episode Producer and Series Medical Advisor.
  • Any other duties as reasonably requested by Series Medical Advisor.
  • Experience of being a senior nurse emergency department
  • Advanced clinical skills.

Are you the right candidate?

  • A recognised nursing qualification in emergency medicine.
  • Experience of nursing in emergency medicine.
  • Some technical knowledge regarding the operation of specialist medical equipment
  • The ability to accurately interpret production requirements with regards to cost, schedule, logistical and rights implications from the brief or script.
  • Can gather relevant information from a range of sources and distribute promptly to team members.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to negotiate and persuade a wide range of internal and external contacts.
  • The ability to draw on a range of strategies and styles to persuade others to reach agreement, resolution or behaviour change.
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish credibility with colleagues and to foster effective working relationships •     with a wide range of production and non-production personnel, internal and external to the BBC.
  • The ability to anticipate the factors likely to cause problems to the production and formulate appropriate contingency plans.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills drawing on a wide range of sources and experience to resolve situations which may be influenced by precedent
  • The ability to interpret oral and written instructions correctly, asking questions to clarify understanding as necessary.
  • The ability to make impartial decisions after careful consideration of available information.  Can learn from experience and share this information with the team where appropriate.
  • The ability to transform creative ideas into practical reality.
  • The ability to work as part of a team but also the ability to work under own initiative when necessary.
  • The ability to work with large groups of approximately 30-50 people on a daily basis both in front of and behind camera to assert expertise and ensure a high standard of medical accuracy and integrity suitable for the context.
  • Resilience and stamina sufficient to sustain performance when under pressure from tight schedules and long working hours.
  • The ability to adapt and work effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups.
  • The ability to understand and appreciate different/opposing perspectives on an issue and resolve conflict professionally when necessary.
  • The ability to adapt as the requirements of a situation change and can change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.
  • Effective time-management and self-scheduling abilities.
  • Ability to keep abreast of professional, technological and working practice changes.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following;

Plus….would be desirable, but not essential.

  • Experience of working within a television environment

Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

(d) Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol


About the BBC

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Diversity matters at the BBC.  We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise. 

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