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Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum, inc London Weighting
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Child Health Gastroenterology department. Applications are invited for the post of Locum Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, starting as soon as possible for 12 months, at the Paediatric Liver, GI and Nutrition centre at King's College Hospital.

This is a full-time post covering most aspects of paediatric gastroenterology, joining Dr. Vadamalayan who leads the paediatric gastroenterology service allied to the large paediatric hepatology service at King's College Hospital. The post holder will be the fourth consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist.

Main duties of the job

The Paediatric Gastroenterology service is also supported by Prof Anil Dhawan, Dr A Baker and Dr Jonathan Hind (Clinical Director). Prof Anil Dhawan, director of Paediatric liver, GI, Nutrition centre, leads the service including hepatology, the intestinal failure service and small bowel transplantation. The Trust has recently been granted the second national contract for small bowel transplant in children.

There is an established multidisciplinary nutrition team providing TPN (hospital & home) and enteral nutrition support. Paediatric Surgeons, Paediatric Hepatologist and Paediatric Gastroenterologist provide upper and lower G.I endoscopy services including variceal banding. Specialist services like impedance pH study, Bravo pH study, Ano rectal Manometry, single and double balloon endoscopy, video capsule endoscopy and ERCP for children are performed at King's College Hospital. There is a very close link with other sub speciality services including Paediatric allergy, respiratory and adult gastroenterology team at King's College Hospital.

The post holder will have access to inpatient beds at King's College Hospital in general paediatrics, paediatric surgery and hepatology depending on the indication for admission.

Interested applicants should telephone 020 3299 9000 ext 4408 (or) 1674 to arrange an informal visit to the Unit.

The closing date for applications is 20th March 2023

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  1. Together with three other Consultants in Gastroenterology, to provide a gastrointestinal service. This includes all aspects of treatment and relevant management duties for the proper functioning of the department.
  2. Shared responsibility with the other Consultants for providing 24 hour, 7 day a week cover for the Unit. Responsible also for covering colleagues periods of annual leave and short-term sickness.
  3. Clinical supervision of junior medical staff as a shared responsibility with other consultant colleagues.
  4. Responsible for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to Continuing Medical Education and clinical governance initiatives.
  5. Responsible for providing elective clinical services out at weekends and utilising vacantdaycase and endoscopy lists for the department as agreed with the clinical lead and divisional management team.
  6. To contribute to departmental research interests in accordance with the Trusts R&D framework.
  7. To contribute to the Audit Programme.
  8. To take an active role in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the Divisions Business Plan. This may include assisting with discussions regarding service plans and developments with both internal and external agencies.
  9. To conduct all activities within the contracted level of service and operating plan for Gastrointestinal services.
  10. To observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff.
  11. To exercise professional leadership for all staff working in the specialty. This will include fostering and developing projects focused towards these ends and ensuring that the momentum of post qualification professional education and other appropriate training is maintained.
  12. To work in conjunction with clinical and professional colleagues to ensure that the productivity of staff within the specialty is maintained and their job satisfaction is enhanced. This may include involvement in the appraisal process for junior colleagues.
  13. To be responsible, with management support, for your personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.
  14. To undertake Divisional management duties as agreed with the Divisional Manager/Clinical Director.
  15. To be aware of, and comply with, all Trust infection prevention and control policies, to include hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene. To undertake annual training/updates in infection prevention and control.
  16. To be accountable for implementation of the Code of Practice within own department/area of responsibility.
  17. To prepare for and undertake the protective interventions that you are responsible for in a manner that is consistent with evidence based practice and maintaining patient safety.
  18. To observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations.

Person Specification
Medical expertise

  • Years clinical experience
  • Qualifications
  • Knowledge
  • Research experience


  • Personal attributes
  • Teaching

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