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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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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


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