Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year (per annum)
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Job Details

Our Emergency Department provides a comprehensive emergency medicine service for North and part of Central Bedfordshire with a rapidly expanding population upwards of 300,000. There has been a steady increase in the annual attendance to the ED with a disproportionate increase in the number of emergency medical admissions and complexity of cases.The ED now sees over 80,000 patients per year, around 20% of whom are children. The Emergency Department is also a dedicated Trauma Unit within the East of England Trauma Network. The department is currently undergoing the final phases of a major re-development which has delivered a larger footprint with a dedicated paediatric ED, and improved staff facilities. An ED CT scanning suite is due to be completed over the coming months.

You should be MB ChB, FRCEM (or equivalent), and be on the GMC's specialist register in Emergency Medicine (or eligible for entry within 6 months). A dual CCT with paediatric emergency medicine or equivalent is required for this role. The ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, is as important as being able to cope under pressure whilst remaining calm. Sub-specialty and teaching interests are valued and encouraged within our team.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic Emergency Medicine Consultant to work at the Bedford Hospital site Emergency Department. You must be dedicated to providing high quality emergency care, maintaining excellent clinical standards, and continually looking to drive positive change through service development. This is a new post to increase our overall number of consultants to 11 and provide the team with additional specialist paediatric expertise.

You will enjoy being part of an innovative team who are passionate about emergency medicine and are preparing to meet the present and future challenges within Emergency Medicine.

About us

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Please note that all shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a virtual pre-interview assessment process.

Closing Date: 02.04.2023

Assessment Date: 20.04.2023

Interview Date: 28.04.2023

Person Specification
GMC Registration

  • Full GMC Registration and licensed to practice
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register for Emergency Medicine with Paediatric Emergency Medicine via: *CCT (or within six months of receipt of CCT at time of interview) * CESR (must be on Specialist Register at time of applying)


  • MB BS, and FRCEM or equivalents


  • Masters, MD, PhD or other higher degree


  • Management and audit experience relevant to Emergency Medicine

Teaching Research/Publications

  • Experience of teaching of medicine to trainees and other medical students


  • Some research experience

Knowledge & Clinical Skills

  • Excellent all round experience of Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Personal Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively and co-operate well with all staff and patients
  • Flexible attitude, team player with good time management
  • Leadership Skills

Personal circumstances

  • Reside within 10 miles of hospital or a 30 minute drive from the hospital


  • Fit to undertake the role

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About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.Previously the hospitals were run by two separate NHS trusts, Bedford hospital NHS Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospitals Foundation Trust.By combining the two hospitals we have been able to ensure the clinical sustainability of both sites and ensure that key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics can remain at both sites.Both hospitals deliver a full range of acute hospital services to a population of around 700,000.The new integrated Trust employs a combined workforce of approximately 8,000 staff, the largest NHS employer in Bedfordshire. The hospitals are supported by an army of 500 volunteers whose invaluable work helps the delivery of services.

Bedford Hospital

Working at Bedford Hospital

The Trust’s ethos is ‘every patient matters’, our vision is to provide patient focused high quality acute hospital care to meet the needs of our local community and we are constantly working with our staff to find new ways of working to ensure that our vision is achieved.

About Bedford

Whether you like high-octane thrills or you’re interested in history and the arts, if you want to entertain the family, or simply want to relax and enjoy quiet, unspoilt countryside, come and visit Bedford and north Bedfordshire.

The county town of Bedford is in one of England’s smallest counties, flanked east and west by tourist hotspots like Oxford and Cambridge and just a 35 minute train journey from central London.

Renowned as having one of the finest riverside settings in the country, enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse from the restored Castle Mound; all that remains of Bedford castle, which was destroyed in the siege of 1224.

Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centers’ and sports development work.

The nearby town of Milton Keynes has a large shopping mall and is a short bus or train ride away. Road and transport links are fantastic from Bedford to the whole of the UK and Europe.

Luton airport is only 30 minutes by car or direct by train, other airports nearby are Stanstead, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick, all within 1hour and 30 minutes by train or car.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is a top performing hospital and we are proud to care.

The Trust employs a diverse range of people in many different roles. In addition to doctors, nurses and therapy staff we employ people in a variety of other areas including administration, scientists, estates, technicians and support staff who all work together to deliver the best patient care. Our focus on excellence and patient safety remains our highest priority.

Staff are our most valuable asset and central to the delivery of safe, effective, excellent patient care.

The Trust strives to ensure staff feel valued, empowered, confident, motivated and focuses on developing staff to maximise their potential.

As an employee of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital you can take advantage of a number of benefits that are available for all L&D staff which can be viewed here.

Why work for us?

Our way of working at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is about providing great patient care but it’s also about attracting and retaining excellent staff to provide that care. It’s about the qualities, knowledge and skills you bring to your role in the Trust and the support, development and job satisfaction you expect in return. It’s about sharing common priorities for improvement and embracing our Trust values while caring for our patients but also while working together as colleagues.

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