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Neonatal Locum Consultant

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year
Closing date
29 Jun 2023

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Hospital, Neonatology
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

There is an exciting opportunity to join the consultant team working for the Leicester Neonatal Service

This post has been developed to support a planned expansion of neonatal cots and to provide an increase in consultant support to the neonatal service, this post is for a fixed term of 12 months, with the potential to make permanent, this post includes a resident on call commitment, working as a resident consultant with a team of advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, middle grades and tier 1 doctors. There are no middle grade commitments to these posts.



Main duties of the job


  • Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the management of patients.
  • Participate in neonatal outpatient clinics and developmental follow up.
  • To provide resident consultant on call services to the Leicester Royal Infirmary Neonatal Unit, supported by a full team of junior doctors and nurse practitioners.
  • To provide educational support and training to our medical, nursing and nurse practitioner colleagues.
  • To provide input into the neonatal service governance processes, including audit, management of complaints and production of guidelines.
  • To lead MDT discussions and case reviews including input into mortality and morbidity meetings.
  • A special interest that complements the existing team would be helpful
  • To provide neonatal input to our colleagues in fetal medicine.
  • To share with colleagues responsibility for the day-to-day management of patients.
  • To promote new ways of working and co-ordinating care for patients in the community and to ensure that services are based on effective and integrated partnerships across the health community.
  • Take part in multidisciplinary case conferences.
  • Supervise and train junior medical staff
  • To be involved in appraising and assessing juniors.
  • Teaching, research and administration.
  • To proactively develop the service.



About us

The Leicester Neonatal Service is currently split across 2 sites. There are currently 42 cots with a plan to incrementally increase to a total of 48 cots over the next 3 years. The first phase of this expansion is planned later this year. There wider plans to expand capacity to 70 cots as part of a new-build single site reconfiguration project.

The Neonatal Service provides the full range of tertiary neonatal services including care for babies of all gestations, advanced modes of ventilation, neonatal surgery and close working links with the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre and the UK's largest ECMO service. There are currently around 11,000 deliveries per annum in Leicester. We are the lead perinatal centre for the south hub of the East Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network. University Hospitals of Leicester is also host to the regional transport service (CenTre neonatal transport service).

The Leicester Royal Infirmary is our main site; our unit is housed in a state of the art facility with the full range of services and equipment. There are currently 18 cots that can provide flexible ITU / HDU care and 12 Special Care cots. Our smaller unit is based at Leicester General Hospital. This unit functions as a Special Care Baby Unit and has 12 cots


Job description

Job responsibilities


The overriding purpose is to support the provision of highest quality patient care through personal actions and continuous improvement.

  • Responsibility for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, and the proper functioning of the department;
  • Cover for colleagues' annual leave and other authorised absences;
  • To participate in service development and business planning in collaboration with the other Consultants in the department, the CMG and local GPs and commissioners within the local CCGs;
  • Professional supervision and management of junior medical staff including the observance of local employment and human resource policies and procedures;
  • Responsibilities for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education activity, locally and nationally;
  • Participating in medical audit, the Trusts Clinical Governance processes and in CPD CPD is provided in job plans and attendance at audit and other governance meetings is mandatory; Managerial, including budgetary responsibilities where appropriate and compliance with standing orders and standing financial instructions of the Trust.
  • In line with GMC Good Medical Practice it is the responsibility of the post-holder to ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest possible standard, and in accordance with current quality initiatives within the area of work.
  • The post-holder is expected to respond in a timely fashion to legitimate requests from Trust officers this might include investigations of incidents or complaints.
  • The post-holder is expected to participate in teaching and training of junior staff and other clinical staff groups. The appointee will also have supervision responsibilities for junior medical staff within the specialty. If appropriate the post-holder will be named in the contract of junior staff as the person responsible for overseeing their training and as an initial source of advice to such doctors regarding their careers.
  • The post-holder is expected to participate in professional continuing medical education; study leave is provided for this purpose.
  • The post-holder will be expected to undertake the Trust Corporate and Directorate specific Induction and competency Programmes appropriate to role.
  • The post-holder will be required to maintain their continuing professional development (CPD) to be able to successfully revalidate. As per the Trust requirement the successful candidate will be required to have annual appraisal and attend / keep fully up to date with statutory and mandatory training as stipulated.
  • Work effectively with Obstetric, Fetal Medicine and Paediatric colleagues.
  • Work alongside the CMG Quality and Safety Team to ensure identification and reduction of risks, incidents and complaints to ensure learning takes place and the overall improvement of patient safety.
  • Actively ensure the appropriate safeguarding of patients.


Person Specification

Qualifications / Training


  • oMB BS or Equivalent
  • oFull GMC Registration
  • oFully Accredited for Higher Specialist Training or will be eligible for inclusion on the Specialist Register within 6 months of the interview date.
  • oMRCPCH or Equivalent
  • oCurrent BLS Certification
  • oCurrent NLS Certification


  • oMembership of relevant Specialist Societies or Associations
  • oHigher degree e.g. MSc, MD or equivalent.
  • oHold a Neonatal Subspecialty CCT.

Commitment to Trust Values & Behaviours


  • oMust be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's Values and Behaviours

Experience / Clinical Skills


  • oFully trained in Neonatal Medicine
  • oExcellent clinical skills and experience requisite to meeting all aspects of the Job Plan.
  • oAbility to apply sound clinical judgment to problems
  • oDemonstrates clear, logical thinking / analytical approach.
  • oWillingness to develop skills and experience in areas of interest


  • oEvidence of clinical or research commitment and a relevant specialty interest.



  • oAbility to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and supervise juniors.
  • oExperience of leading teams and awareness of leadership styles
  • oAbility to effectively organise, prioritise and manage clinical workload
  • oUnderstanding of wider health agenda and modern NHS.
  • oAbility to work to overcome barriers to change (negotiating, influencing and persuasion skills).


  • oEvidence of management and administration experience
  • oManagement training on an accredited course
  • oAwareness of Service Development issues

Communication Skills


  • oDemonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication with patients and colleagues.
  • oTo be empathic and sensitive; capacity to take others perspectives and treat o
  • oHighly Developed Emotional Intelligence


  • oHigh standard of presentation both written and verbal
  • oDemonstrable track record of successful change management
  • oProven ability to maintain focus in a demanding environment

Audit/ Quality Improvement


  • oEffective participation in and a commitment to clinical audit
  • oParticipation in a quality improvement programme
  • oExperience of quality improvement work and audit


  • oUndergone training in teaching and willingness to organise relevant audit activities including quality improvement evidence
  • oCompletion of formal courses in Audit and quality improvement.
  • oPublished Audit including quality improvement.



  • oUnderstanding and interest in research
  • oAbility to appraise research critically
  • oAbility to supervise juniors undertaking research projects


  • oPublications in nationally and internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals on subjects relevant to the specialty.
  • oEvidence of recent research and development activity


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