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Junior Clinical Fellow in Respiratory Support Unit

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£40,257 a year + OOH
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Hospital, Respiratory medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Job Details

We have an opportunity for a Junior Clinical Fellow (JCF) in Respiratory Support Unit (RSU) in St. James University Hospital, Leeds. Respiratory department in Leeds is a large department covering 4 wards & have 16 consultants covering all aspects of respiratory medicine & tertiary referral centre for many subspecialties including Sleep & Complex Ventilation service. The person will take part in daily ward rounds, MDTs, complex discharge planning for long term tracheotomised patients and will work closely with the home ventilation & sleep team. They will be supervised by consultants on RSU. It will also give them opportunity to take part in research in the unit & QIPs.

The applicant should have experience of working as FY2 or above. Prior experience of working in respiratory medicine is preferable but not mandatory.

If you are interested, you can contact Dr D. Ghosh, Respiratory Consultant ( for further information & informal discussions.

Main duties of the job

This post is specifically directed at anybody who is considering pursuing acute medicine or respiratory medicine as a career option or preparing for membership exams. The JCF will be primarily posted on our state of the art 16 bedded RSU. This unit is a high dependency ward for respiratory patients needing interventions like non-invasive ventilation, high flow oxygen, weaning from tracheostomy ventilation, setting up home ventilation, etc. This provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience of managing patients presenting with acute respiratory failure, e.g. COPD, obesity hypoventilation, neuromuscular conditions, pneumonia, PEs, to mention a few.

There will be opportunity to attend respiratory clinics including PE & sleep clinics.

They will also be involved in the junior doctor training programme; they will lead & organize the weekly teaching programme.

About us

Come and join our team in Leeds and become part of The Leeds Way sharing our vision and values. Our Trust is recognised for our staff engagement, great care and rated GOOD by the Care Quality Commission.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute health providers in the UK and based in one of the fastest growing and vibrant cities in the north.

At Cardio-Respiratory CSU, we aim to be a fair and supportive CSU with positive, caring teams who are champions of the Leeds Way values. Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






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

Duties of the Post

The post holder will undertake ward duties, supporting in patient care on the Respiratory in-patient bed base. There will be opportunities to expand training in Respiratory specific skills as well as Respiratory clinics. It is intended that the duties of the posts will be tailored to the individuals needs, taking into consideration the post holders prior experience, around the service elements of the role.

There is no on call commitment.

Levels of Responsibility

This will depend upon prior experience and can be discussed. It is expected that the levels of responsibility will be that of LST (above FY and below HST) and the successful candidate will receive supervision from a named consultant with responsibility to develop the individuals training e-portfolio or equivalent.

As the post is for duration of one year, it is expected that the successful applicant would be able to establish themselves in the team and evolve the role. Working alongside rotational posts (LST) the post holder may well develop increasing levels of responsibility.

Teaching and Research/Study and Training

It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to access opportunities to attend weekly teaching and monthly educational departmental meetings. They will lead & organize the weekly teaching programme.

An expanding research and clinical trials programme is in place, in which the successful candidate will be expected to participate fully, with protected time for research and audit in the timetable.

Depending on the candidates level of experience and needs, training opportunities can be tailored.

The post is fixed term (one year) to cover a period of staff reconfiguration created by changes to the internal medicine training programme (IMT).

Person Specification

  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of application and hold a current licence to practice
  • Previous UK clinical experience
  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies from a UKFPO affiliated Foundation Programme or equivalent by time of appointment in line with GMC standards/Good Medical practise.


  • Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances
  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies from a UKFPO affiliated Foundation Programme or equivalent by time of appointment in line with GMC standards/Good Medical practise
  • Evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate with totality off training
  • Evidence of competence in management of emergencies and in-patients through continuous work-based assessments, and portfolio evidence
  • Appropriate knowledge base and ability to apply sound clinical judgement to problems. Demonstrates awareness of the basics of managing medical/surgical conditions, including emergencies.

Eligibility, Fitness to practice, and Language Skills

  • Is up to date and fit to practise safely
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients

Clinical, Academic, and Personal Skills

  • Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication & capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation
  • Capacity to take in others perspectives and treat others with understanding; sees patients as people
  • Ability to show leadership, make decisions, organise and motivate other team members for the benefit of patients through, for example, audit and quality improvement Projects
  • Capacity to prioritise own workload & organise ward rounds
  • Is able to deliver good clinical care in the face of uncertainty 

BMJRef: BMJ-115264/298-C9298-MED-155




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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