Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum pro-rata
23 Sep 2021
20 Oct 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for two Consultants in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

An exciting new development has been funded by NHS England to grow a full regional, multidisciplinary and integrated Palliative Medicine service for children across the East of England. 

This will build on an established and highly successful Children’s Palliative Care service, delivered using a managed clinical network (MCN) approach.

These two posts will lead and shape the future of the service which offers symptom management, palliative and end of life care to babies, children with life-limiting conditions and their families in their place of choice and across all settings.

Main duties of the job

You will be fully registered with the GMC and ideally have a CCT in Paediatric Palliative Medicine or be within six months of award of CCT at the time of interview. Applications are welcomed from those unable to work full time for personal reasons or those wishing to job-share.

As part of our commitment to supporting the medical workforce in the part they play in delivering an excellent caring service to patients, all newly appointed Consultants attend our five-day Consultant Development programme within a year of joining the Trust. Leadership is a key requirement of doctors’ professional work and this innovative programme is designed to support Consultants to hone the leadership and management skills they need to succeed at CUH.

Working for your organisation

The applicant must have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English that enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013). Non-UK applicants must possess the IELTS/OET exam before obtaining a GMC licence to practice.

Applications from job seekers who require skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

It is a requirement for skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Paediatric Palliative Medicine Consultants will work collaboratively with children’s health services across the region and including children’s hospices (EACH, Keech and Havens Hospices) via the East of England Paediatric Palliative Care MCN aiming to ensure the most appropriate support is delivered in the most appropriate setting (home, hospice, hospital).  

The scope includes Fetal Medicine, management of infants and children in Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care settings, Paediatric Oncology, Neurodisability and in the full range of paediatric services. It extends from the point of diagnosis with the aim of enhancing quality of life, controlling distressing symptoms and providing practical and emotional support through treatment, at end of life and into bereavement.

Out of hours support and advice is already provided by Hospice Specialist Nurses with a second tier of telephone on-call support provided by the MCN Specialist Team rota. The post holders will contribute to this rota. There will be no Acute Medicine out of hours cover within CUH.

This post is hosted by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, but postholders will work with those teams who already know the patient wherever they are based. 

Please refer to the Job description and Person specification attached for further details on the main responsibilities and duties for this post.

For further details / informal visits contact:

If you would like information about working with the team at CUH please contact: Dr Emmy Dickens, Specialty Lead for Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Care at or via telephone on 01223 348151.

If you would like further information about the role and the current service, please contact: Dr David Vickers, EACH Medical Director, Consultant Paediatrician, and MCN Chair at or via telephone on 07855 081720.