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Trust Doctor/Clinical Fellow (MN37) in Neonatal

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£58,398 a year + OOH Enhancements
Closing date
12 Oct 2022

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Hospital, Neonatology
Career Level
Trust / Career grade, Fellow
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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Job Details

We are inviting applicants to join our busy but welcoming neonatal service as a Post CCT Fellow, based at the Leeds General Infirmary & St James University Hospital in West Yorkshire. This role is suitable for applicants at ST8+ / Registrar (middle grade level) with experience in neonatology & evidence of CCT in paediatrics. It is ideally suited to candidates wishing to work in a large teaching hospital which provides many specialist services & is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in neonates. The posts are available for an initial fixed term of twenty four months. The post holder will participate a rolling full shift rota at Tier 2 & be involved in covering all aspects of inpatient care including long day ward cover & night shifts. This will involve delivering care to babies in the ICU, HDU & special care areas. In addition there will opportunities to take part in departmental audit and governance projects. Applicants should have established skills in Neonatal Medicine.

Main duties of the job

Successful candidates will participate in a rolling full shift rota at Tier 2 and be involved in covering all aspects of inpatient care including long day ward cover and night shifts. This will involve delivering care to babies in the intensive care, high dependency and special

care areas. In addition there will opportunities to take part in departmental audit and governance projects.

To assist in delivering the induction and training programme for junior doctors.

To provide outpatient follow up clinics at LGI.

To liaise with the neonatal outreach team and child development centre to provide planned discharge and follow up of neonatal graduates.

Depending on any subspecialty area of interest, it may be possible to extend the remit of the post

To lead service development projects and participate actively in unit meetings

About us

The Leeds Regional Neonatal Service comprises one level 3 unit (NICU) at LGI and a level 1 unit (SCBU) at SJUH, each with a transitional care unit and attached to a busy delivery suite. The neonatal service is one of the busiest in the country with 1700 admissions per year, providing 4000 intensive care days and a further 4000 high dependency care days per year. There are approximately 10,000 deliveries across the two sites. We care for babies of all gestations from 22 weeks and upwards with a range of medical, surgical and cardiac pathologies. Leeds is a regional unit for babies with complex surgical, neurosurgical, renal and hepatic problems, and is a supra-regional unit for babies with congenital heart disease. The LGI NNU cares for the full range of medical neonatal intensive care. There are 34 cots

on NNU including 14 ICU and 10 surgical. High frequency oscillation and nitric oxide are available.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description
Job responsibilities

MEDICAL STAFF IN THE DEPARTMENT - see job description for list of names and job titles.


General Training and Qualifications - See Person Specification.

Experience - See Person Specification.

The appointee must be able to demonstrate a high level of clinical experience and competence in neonatal resuscitation and technical procedures.

Personal Attributes

The appointee will have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communications about medical topics with patients and colleagues. See Person Specification.

He/She will have an understanding of current NHS management and Trusts and be aware of the responsibilities that a Trust doctor post brings.

Clinical Audit

The appointee will be expected to contribute to Audit meetings, mortality and morbidity meetings and application of agreed clinical guidelines.

In the discharge of these responsibilities the appointee will be expected to maintain and update his/her skills and knowledge through appropriate continuing medical education.


The post holder will participate in the middle grade on call rota equivalent to ST3+ (middle grade).


The Trust, as a Teaching hospital recognises the importance of links with the University of Leeds School of Medicine for the undergraduate teaching. All medical staff are expected to provide an appropriate contribution to the undergraduate teaching programme. The precise details of the contribution to teaching will be discussed with the appointee after taking up post.



The Yorkshire area of the Northern and Yorkshire Region has a population of approximately 5.5 million. Leeds has a total population of approximately 750,000, of whom 155,000 are children. Although there has been significant urban regeneration, there are still many areas of social deprivation, both in the inner city and on post-war housing estates. Parts of the city have a cosmopolitan ethnic background with significant numbers of people from Eastern European, South Asian and Afro-Caribbean backgrounds.

Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) provides almost all of the tertiary referral services for the Yorkshire part of the Northern and Yorkshire Region, as well as a number of supra-regional services.


Management Arrangements

Leeds Childrens Hospital is responsible for the majority all childrens specialties and is led by the triumvirate team of Clinical Director, General Manager and Head of Nursing. The Clinical Director is Dr Colin Holton, the General Manager is Mrs Suzanne Abrahams and the Head of Nursing is Ms Celia McKenzie. This team is supported by, Lead Clinicians, Matrons Service Managers and Business Managers for each specialty, together with corporate support from colleagues in Finance, Human Resources, Planning and Informatics.

The Leeds Childrens Hospital has an annual budget of 61 million, inpatient bed base of 286 beds, and delivers 56,000 outpatient appointments and 19,000 inpatient and day case episodes. The majority of which is on the Leeds General Infirmary site, however there is a Neonatal unit based on the St James Hospital site. The Leeds Childrens Hospital employs a total of 90 consultants providing general, specialist and supra-regional childrens medical and surgical services. Inpatient, day case and outpatient services are mainly provided at the LGI.

Additional Childrens Services provided in Non-Paediatric Specialities

Services for children are also provided within a number of other specialities. These include dermatology, orthopaedic and spinal surgery, ophthalmology, dental surgery, maxillo-facial surgery, accident and emergency, ENT, neurosurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, renal transplant surgery and clinical genetics.

Inpatient Facilities - see job description

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCPCH or equivalent qualification


  • At least 5 years experience after full GMC registration or equivalent, and evidence of achievement of foundation competences, in line with GMC standards / Good Medical Practice;
  • Evidence of achievement of core competencies in paediatric medicine.
  • Ability to provide complete details of employment history
  • Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances
  • Evidence that present achievement andperformance is commensurate with totality of their period of training
  • At least 4 years experience in paediatric specialities by the time of intended start date.


  • Previous experience of working in a tertiary Neonatal Unit.

Clinical, Academic, and Personal Skills

  • Ability to apply sound clinical knowledge and judgement to problems
  • Recognition of, and ability to undertake the initial management of, an acutely ill neonate.
  • Demonstrates understanding of research, including awareness of ethical issues
  • Demonstrates understanding of the basic principles of audit, clinical risk management, evidence-based practice, patient safety, and clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-informed practice
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Empathy & Sensitivity
  • Managing Others & Team Involvement
  • Organisation & Planning


  • Evidence of competency in Neonatal practical procedures including intubation and central line insertion.

Eligibility, Fitness to practice, and Language Skills

  • Be eligible for full registration with, and hold a current licence to practise from, the GMC at intended start date
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Newborn Life Support Certificate from the Resuscitation Council UK or equivalent (as required to complete Foundation competences) by intended start date
  • Is up to date and fit to practise safely and is aware of own training needs.
  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues demonstrated by one of the followi
  • Applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English.
  • Achieved the minimum score of 7 across all 4 of the following categories in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in a single sitting within 24 months at time of applicati
  • Achieved the minimum Grade B across all 4 of the following categories in the Occupational English Test (OET) in medicine in a single sitting within 24 months at time of application Listening, Spea


  • NLS Instructor

BMJ Ref: BMJ-94076/298-C9298-MED-025




Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one of the biggest NHS trusts in the country, offering a range of both general and specialist hospital services, with excellent clinical outcomes for patients. We have an international reputation for excellence in specialist care, research and academic training.

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