We are seeking to appoint an energetic, positive and committed Paediatrician to become a member of our friendly Paediatric Department. Team working, a sense of humour and a desire to further develop the service we deliver is essential.
This post offers an exciting opportunity for those paediatricians who wish to work in a large District General Hospital setting, acting as member of a team of supportive consultants; with opportunity to work within a subspecialty; specifically, oncology and palliative care and an aspect of Community Paediatrics, such as neuro-disability, neuro- developmental disorders, safe-guarding, training and education.
The post has arisen due to a need to expand the Oncology service, in response to increasing activity and to achieve an enhanced Level 2 POSCU status. It will enable a current locum post in Oncology to become substantive.
Further Information regards Oncology as example of subspecialty interest:
The oncology service has current POSCU Level 1B accreditation and would aim to be accredited at Enhanced Level 2B.
The service currently has 3 consultants (one is the locum post that will become substantive) and 2 community nurse specialists in oncology supported by ward nursing and the primary treatment Centre (PTC) at Bristol with weekly MDT and regular communication with the PTC.
Main duties of the job
This post is for a Paediatric Consultant with opportunity to develop and lead within a subspecialty interest e.g., Oncology, Palliative care, Neurodisability and neurobehavioral conditions
- To provide expertise in assessment investigation and ongoing management of children present with oncological disorders, shared with primary treatment centre in Bristol.
- To provide clinical continuity and contribute to care when their patients require hospital attendance or admission to the ward.
- To support a cohort of patients with complex needs for example taking on an area of the county regarding neuro disability.
- To support the clinical decision making of junior medical and nursing staff.
- To take a full role in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including clinical meetings and tutorials.
- To actively participate in clinical governance, audit and risk management processes
- To promote evidence-based practice; to respond appropriately to NICE guidance; to change own and others' clinical practice in response to new clinical developments.
- To embody and promote team-working in their practice at all times
- To take a whole-systems approach to working with the wider health and multiagency community
- To show initiative, enthusiasm, flexibility and collaborative team working.
Acute hospital paediatric services are provided at GRH and Paediatric outpatient services at CGH, GRH and in peripheral outreach clinics around the county. The acute general paediatric team consists of 13 consultants with a variety of subspecialties including oncology, renal ,gastroenterology ,allergy ,respiratory endocrine and diabetes .The community paediatric clinical team consists of 6 consultants, two specialist doctors and a staff grade doctor with four specialist nurses in epilepsy, neuro-disability and ADHD. We work closely with our very dedicated and supportive administration and team and are part of the wider paediatric department which also includes acute paediatrics and neonates. We value and work to foster our good working relationships with colleagues in CAMHS, therapy services and education.
Our recent paediatric strategy (2021- 2026) outlines our aim to deliver excellence in care for our patients and families as evidenced by our outcomes, patient experience and the values we embody. Key priority areas in achieving this are 'care without boundaries' (developing our multi-disciplinary/multi-agency working within the integrated care services) and investing in the wellbeing and professional development of our team. As such, this is an exciting time to join the team, with varied opportunities to be part of creating new pathways, championing the needs of children and young people and developing the service to provide the best care for everyone.
Please see full job description attached.
As a department, we want to create the best service possible, which means there is excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic candidate to take the lead and be innovative in an area of service development
Our Acute and Community Paediatric, and Neonatal services merged a number of years ago, to enable single consultant continuity for most patients that access our service. This allows a close working together between the different teams, with access to specialty opinions and investigations. The whole department has a strong educational ethos and we would welcome those with a desire to participate in education and research.
The postholder is expected to participate in the acute general paediatric on-call in and general Paediatrics out of hours.
Availability and involvement with patients on the ward is expected in order to deliver continuity of care for patients with complex and chronic illness/neuro-disability.
This post does not include neonatal daytime or neonatal on call.
Motivation & Attitude
- Evidence of self-motivation and initiative
- Commitment to the paediatric oncology service development
- Be an example as clinical leader
- Ability to organise own CME/CPD needs.
- Ability to appraise research critically and apply research outcomes to clinical problems
- Ability to supervise junior staff undertaking research projects
- Full GMC registration
- MBBS or equivalent
- Entry on the GMC Specialist Register via CCT or CESR (CP) (proposed CCT/CESR (CP) date must be within 6 months of interview)
- At least 6 months training on a PICU/HDU
- Level 3 child safeguarding training (multiagency)
- 12 months or more training on a specialist / tertiary children's paediatric Oncology unit achieving competencies as per RCPCH framework for SPIN
- Additional degrees, diplomas or postgraduate thesis relevant to Paediatric Oncology and/or palliative care
- Personal membership of a 'medical defence' organisation
- Locum Consultant Experience
Knowledge and clinical skills
- Consistent with independent consultant practice in general acute paediatrics
- Competent to manage children and babies in an in and outpatient setting.
- Competent to manage acutely ill children in a DGH HDU setting.
- A paediatric oncology subspecialty interest.
- Evidence of Subspecialty qualifications and expertise (UK or European)