Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Locum Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in Neonatology

Taunton, Somerset
£84,559 -£114,003 Pro Rata, Per Annum
23 Sep 2021
28 Sep 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Contact Details

We are inviting applications for a locum consultant in general paediatrics with an interest in neonatology, to join our team for 6 months. You will be one of six consultants participating in a hot-week rota for the neonatal unit on a 1:6 basis and providing on-call for neonates on a 1:6 basis. The neonatal unit is a (level 2) Local Neonatal Unit with 18 cots, and is part of the South West Neonatal Network. 

When not covering the acute neonatal service, you will provide general paediatric and safeguarding outpatient clinics, with any other specialist interests to compliment the department. The general paediatric wards are covered by twelve other consultants on a separate rota.

Applicants interested in less than full time work are welcome to apply.

You will provide consultant cover in a “hot-week’’ style on the neonatal unit; providing care for infants on the neonatal unit, post-natal wards, and deliveries, and supervising junior staff.  This includes 1:6 consultant out of hours on call for the neonatal unit. There is an expectation that the hot week neonatal Consultant will support the General Paediatric team in the care of acutely unwell children less than 10kg requiring HDU or ITU care.

You will provide out-patient services including general paediatric clinics on the remaining weeks.  Opportunities exist for a specialist interest clinic. Interests that complement those already in the department are encouraged. You will be also contribute to the regular safeguarding clinics, providing assessments of physical safeguarding concerns. The department also provides a primary care referral triage/advice service via Choose and Book, which you would be expected to contribute to.

It is important that you shares the commitment of the department for excellence in clinical service and the policy of continuing development of innovative service delivery and high quality training for all staff. You will be approachable, pro-active and able to provide advice and support to colleagues, junior doctors and members of the multidisciplinary team. 

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We work with health and social care partners in Somerset to ensure that we deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population.

Our trust was formed on 1 April 2020 when Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust merged.


Taunton is a beautiful area of the South West, located between areas of outstanding natural beauty. Somerset offers you the opportunity to live near some of the UKs most desirable locations; from the beautiful local beaches; to the vibrant cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath and Exeter within easy reach.

The County town of Taunton boasts a wide range of local amenities including; an extensive range of shopping, a wide range of local restaurants, sporting and recreational facilities, and excellent educational facilities. Taunton’s nightlife offers a great atmosphere with cosy pubs and trendy bars.

Taunton provides access to the M5 motorway and a mainline intercity rail link with trains to London Paddington in less than 2 hours, and Bristol in 30 minutes.

For further details / informal visits contact:  Nicola Johnson, Consultant Paediatrician, on or 01823 342690.