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Junior Specialist Doctor (Lower) In Neonates

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
£40,257 a year per Annum
Closing date
18 Aug 2022

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Hospital, Neonatology
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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Job Details

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and hardworking doctor to join our Neonatal Department as Junior Specialist Doctor (JSD) at City Hospital, Birmingham. This post will be six months in the first instance starting from 7th Sep 2022 with the possibility of longer term opportunities within the Trust subject to performance, progress and vacancies. There is also a possibility to rotate to General Paediatrics if there are vacancies. The JSD post will allow you to consolidate your experience in a supportive environment, giving you wide ranging clinical exposure and training. You would receive the same training opportunities as the specialist trainees and have a named educational supervisor. We would support you to work towards your chosen career path.

The successful candidate will have completed foundation year training or equivalent, have an interest in General Paediatrics and Neonates and full GMC Registration with a license to practice. Recent experience in Paediatrics or Neonates is desirable but not essential. Knowledge of the workings of the NHS is preferable.

Closing date: 08/08/22

Proposed Interview date: 22/08/22

Main duties of the job

The Trust has a very good reputation for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research, with strong links to the University of Birmingham, Aston University and Health Education England.

Neonatal services are part of the Maternity and Perinatal Medicine directorate. The neonatal unit is a designated Level 2/Local Neonatal Unit with 29 designated cots (5 intensive care cots, 5 high dependency cots and 19 special care cots) and designated transitional care unit on the postnatal ward. The neonatal unit accepts babies from 27 weeks gestation upwards (including most congenital anomalies) and provides short-term intensive care for up to 48 hours. Babies started on Nitric oxide/HFOV and on Therapeutic Hypothermia are transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit after stabilisation. The unit undertakes high activity levels of about 3000 days intensive/high dependency care, 5270 special care days and 3200 transitional care days per year. The maternity department caters for approximately 6000 deliveries per year and has a dedicated fetal medicine unit.

About us

We are passionate about our ethos and philosophy and are driven to provide the best care for our patients. We are moving into our new acute hospital in 2024, with support from the Department of Health to complete the build. The new state of the art acute hospital in Grove Lane, Smethwick will bring together all acute services onto one site.

Birmingham is a vibrant, multi-cultural city and it is a very exciting place to live and work. It has a population of 1.1 million, the youngest in Europe. Its residents speak over 140 languages and blends different cultures and nationalities with history that is rich in industrial heritage. The area boasts affordable housing with popular residential districts within an easy commute to either of the main hospital sites. There are a number of very good schools and colleges locally (including a number of independent and grammar schools.) Birmingham is a very green city with more than 8,000 acres of green space including impressive parks. Due to our central location and good motorway connections we are in easy reach of a number of beautiful rural locations including the Peak District, Shropshire and the Cotswolds.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Venugopalan, RCPCH Tutor or Dr Ali, Junior Rota Manager through the hospital switchboard (phone 0121 554 3801).

Person Specification

  • Primary medical qualification. (MBBS/MBChB)


  • RCPCH examinations
  • NLS provider status

Other Requirements

  • Full GMC Registration with a Licence to Practice
  • Appropriate Immigration Status

Clinical Experience

  • Completed foundation training or equivalent
  • An understanding of the current NHS environment.
  • Candidates must demonstrate how Paediatric/Neonatal Medicine is relevant to their career path.


  • 6 months or more experience in paediatrics/neonates.
  • Experience of working in the NHS.
  • IT skills to support the job.

Professional and Multi-disciplinary team working

  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team

Clinical Governance

  • An understanding of the audit cycle
  • An understanding of risk processes and incident reporting.


  • Completed an audit project.
  • Neonatal/Paediatric audit conducted.
  • Research experience.
  • Involvement in regional/national presentations and publications.

Personal Attributes

  • Energy and enthusiasm and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Caring attitude to patients.
  • An ability to organise and prioritise work effectively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, multidisciplinary.
  • Commitment to continuing medical education and professional development.


BMJRef: BMJ-88324/381-WC-4430032



Location:  West Midlands, United Kingdom

Core Values:  Patient Safety and Quality of Care, Innovation and Research

Size:  Three hospitals, Specialist Intermediate Care Centre, Supra-regional Eye Hospital

Specialties:  Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre, National Poisons Information Service, Behçet’s Syndrome National Centre of Excellence

Our new hospital – the Midland Met – opening in 2022

About Us Harnessing ambition, investment, commitment and the contribution of our people, our vision is to be the UK’s best integrated care provider by 2020. We’re already on our way to achieving this. We’ve trebled our training budget, enhanced the way we recognise our people and are constructing career pathway frameworks. Our people have names, they have voices, they have a family here. As we create greater levels of service integration, we know where we’re going and we know we won’t get there alone. That’s why we want you to join us.

Our Trust

First, let us tell you what we’re building on. It’s a firm foundation, of which we’re very proud. We are an integrated care organisation with an outstanding reputation for teaching, education, research and innovation. Our 6,600 staff are here for 530,000 local people when they need us. City Hospital in Birmingham is home to the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and our Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre. It’s also the regional base for the National Poisons Information Service. At Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich, you’ll find inpatient, paediatrics, most general surgery and our stroke specialist centre. At the Trust, we also have significant academic departments in cardiology, rheumatology, ophthalmology and neurology. We have intermediate care hubs at Rowley Regis and at Leasowes in Smethwick. Our community teams throughout Sandwell provide integrated services for children in schools, GP practices and at home. They also offer both general and specialist home care for adults in hospices and nursing homes. In 2022, we will open the brand new Midland Metropolitan Hospital - the perfect demonstration of our vision for the future. And we are investing in far more than buildings. We are dedicated to investing in you. It matters to us that you enjoy the training, support and opportunities you need to fulfil your total potential and build the career you really want. We’ll make that happen by trebling our training budget. We’ve developed new career path frameworks and new ways to recognise your achievements. Because you’re part of our family, we want the best for you.Our organisation has nine care promises that reflect how we expect each other to treat patients, visitors and colleagues. We know these promises embody our caring ethos because they were developed by our own frontline staff. These are our promises: 

I will

… make you feel welcome
… make time to listen to you
… be polite, courteous and respectful
… keep you informed and explain what is happening
… admit to mistakes and do all I can to put them right
… value your point of view
… be caring and kind
… keep you involved
… go the extra mile

Research and Development: a jewel in SWBH’s crown

SWBH has a long and proud track record of delivering world class research that has made a real difference to the quality and safety of care provided to patients locally, nationally and internationally. The Trust was the recipient of the West Midlands Clinical Research Network’s award for outstanding overall performance in 2017-18.The Trust has an ambitious R&D plan, fully supported by the Trust Board, to continue to develop R&D with a focus on a range of domains including:

  • Increasing the internationally recognised excellence of our research portfolio.
  • Increasing the breadth of our clinical research portfolio and the range of health care professionals contributing to it.

Researchers at the Trust have the full support of the Trust’s R&D department and its large and highly motivated team of research nurses, clinical trials practitioners and data coordinators and well as its research management and governance team.

Professor Karim Raza talks about our reputation for world class research

Birmingham as a place to live and work

Birmingham and the borough of Sandwell are great places to live. City Hospital  and the Midlands Metropolitan Hospital site are close to Birmingham City Centre and the popular suburbs of Edgbaston, Bearwood, Harborne and. Moseley. There are six towns that serve Sandwell, they are Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury, and West Bromwich. Each have their own individual character and attractions. There are a huge range of places to live with easy access via road or public transport all serving the Trust sites well. Housing in the area is very affordable with transport links in and around the city and Sandwell are excellent. Birmingham boasts a range of places to socialise in, with a range of top/great restaurants and bars. And the second city is fast-becoming a shopping haven, with a vast array of choice, from designer to unique independently-run shops. Birmingham boasts a number of outstanding schools including the King Edwards VI collective grammar schools and independent schools. The city is also home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Midlands Arts Centre  (MAC), Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre and a number of museums including the Art Gallery, and the Thinktank.  Musical stars frequently perform at the Genting Arena, whilst at the adjacent National Exhibition Centre (NEC) there is a comprehensive diary of events. Birmingham offers an impressive range of sporting facilities including cricket, football, golf, rugby, sailing, tennis and has a 50 metre swimming pool. Birmingham and Sandwell have excellent transport links with the International Airport, major rail routes and easy access to motorways. Trains run direct to London from Birmingham New Street, and Sandwell & Dudley with the fastest route taking just one hour 24 minutes. In addition Stratford Upon Avon, rural areas of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire are within easy reach.

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