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Consultant Neonates / Cardiology

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year
Closing date
6 Jul 2023

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Hospital, Cardiology, Neonatology
Career Level
Contract Type
Part Time

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and ambitious colleague to work within our exciting, ever-expanding Paediatric Department, supporting the neonatal department as well as general paediatric elective care.

This substantive post has become available due to the retirement of an existing neonatal consultant and to expand the neonatal consultant workforce in order to meet BAPM Consultant Staffing guidance-this post is suitable for someone wishing to work less than full time (0.8 WTE) - there is opportunity to work on a full time contract if you have a further subspeciality interest (cardiology) or are willing to develop one in paediatric audiology / neurodisabiity / neurodevelopmental follow up or children's safeguarding. The post holders will also support general paediatric elective care too, including outpatient clinics.

These posts are part of the Department's strategy to maintain excellence across Neonates and Paediatrics.

Successful applicants will have a job plan that includes neonatal service weeks, neonatal on calls out of hours and during weekends (shared equally among neonatal consultants) in addition to outpatient clinics. We have separate general paediatric and neonatal rotas across all three tiers and you are not expected to contribute towards the general paediatric on call rota. These posts come with 1.5 core SPA time pro rata, which is equivalent to those of other Consultants within the Department.


Main duties of the job


The post holder will provide acute and outpatient services in Neonatology. They will also participate in general paediatric and/or subspecialty clinics depending on expertise. They will also provide appropriate teaching and supervision of junior doctors and medical students. He/she will be expected to work closely with primary and tertiary care to provide a seamless service.

As a senior employee of the Trust the post-holder will work in close co-operation with, and support other clinical, medical professional and managerial colleagues in providing high quality healthcare to the Trust's patients.

Integral to the responsibilities of the post are the following requirements: -

  • To ensure the provision of a first-class clinical service
  • To provide effective clinical leadership
  • To work within the principles of clinical governance
  • To sustain and develop teaching and research wherever appropriate
  • To undertake all work in accordance with the Trust's procedures and operating policies
  • To conduct clinical practice in accordance with contractual requirements and within the parameters of the Trust's and Division's services plans
  • To maintain the confidence of business plans and development strategies formulated for the specialty, the Women and Children's Division or the Trust


About us


We are a large organisation providing acute services from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester and Cheltenham General Hospital to a population of 652,475* in Gloucestershire as well as caring for patients from surrounding counties and beyond.

Our workforce is almost 8,000 strong and our caring and dedicated staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred, high quality emergency, elective and specialist care across a range of clinical areas.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision of providing Best Care for Everyone and our success depends on the commitment and dedication of our staff, many of whom are world leaders in healthcare, teaching and research. You could make a real difference to our patients' lives by joining our team.


Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical responsibilities

  • To provide expertise in Neonatology and general paediatrics and their chosen subspecialty interest.
  • To share responsibility for the delivery of high-quality care to patients presenting to the neonatal unit.
  • To support the clinical decision making of junior medical and nursing staff and specialist diabetes and endocrine nurses
  • To provide on-call support for Neonatology and to attend the Department out-of-hours as per agreed protocols; to remain contactable and available when on-call.
  • To provide for as long as it is required, an outpatient service at a peripheral hospital in the county


Teaching/Training (as agreed with Specialty Director)

  • To provide conditions for improved training opportunities in line with national and local recommendations and GMC Trainee Survey Feedback.
  • To take a full role in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including clinical meetings and tutorials. Undergraduate medical student teaching is organised through the Gloucestershire Clinical Academy, part of the University of Bristol.
  • Where agreed, to act as Clinical or Educational Supervisor to junior and middle grade medical staff, being responsible for their appraisal and personal development planning.
  • To support learning and development of Physicians Assistants and other allied professionals including Paramedics when in the Department.
  • The Trust subscribes to a wide range of journals and there are good medical libraries at both Gloucester and Cheltenham with full literature search facilities. The department is part of a Trust wide intranet system and is well served for literature search and other internet functions


To keep Good Clinical Practice training up to date for as long as participating in clinical research

Clinical Governance

  • To actively participate in clinical governance 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 undertake and supervise relevant clinical Quality Improvement projects in line with Departmental Objectives.
  • To remain up to date and engaged in continuing professional development (CPD) as per Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and General Medical Council guidelines
  • To respond appropriately to complaints and critical incidents.
  • To undertake all work in accordance with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust procedures and operating policies
  • To attend accredited conferences and meetings to update personal level of clinical practice, teaching and management skills in line with Continuing Medical Education requirements.
  • To participate in an annual Job Planning Review process
  • To participate in the Trusts annual Appraisal process
  • To adhere to the Trusts Adverse Clinical Incident Policy

Management (as agreed with Specialty Director)

  • To provide medical information for the development of systems appropriate for Trust needs
  • To participate in departmental consultant and senior staff meetings whilst remaining within the framework of the agreed strategy of the Trust and the Department
  • To attend other departmental, Divisional and Trust meetings as necessary
  • To attend regional and national meetings as necessary
  • To undertake all work in accordance with Trust procedures and operating policies


  • To embody and promote team-working in their practice at all times
  • To work within the framework of team decisions.
  • To take a whole-systems approach to working with the wider health community
  • To show initiative, enthusiasm, flexibility and a sense of humour


The post-holder will be immediately accountable to the Specialty Director. Further line management is provided by the Chief of Service and subsequently the Medical Director

The post-holder has a general duty of care for their own health, safety and well being and that of work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital. This statutory duty is in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with the post.

Finally, the post-holder is expected to:

  1. Observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations
  2. Observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff
  • Be responsible, with management support, for their own personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.


Person Specification



  • Full General Medical Council 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 18 months training as a tier 2 in a level 3 neonatal unit
  • Level 3 child safeguarding training (multiagency)
  • 12 months or more training on a specialist / tertiary children's paediatric Neonatology unit achieving competencies as per RCPCH framework for SPIN in Neonatology


  • Special Interest in Paediatric Cardiology, Audiology, Neurodisability
  • Additional relevant degrees, diplomas or postgraduate thesis
  • Personal membership of a 'medical defence' organisation.
  • Locum Consultant Experience

Knowledge and Clinical Skills


  • Consistent with independent consultant practice at a local neonatal unit.
  • Competent to manage children and babies in an in and outpatient setting.
  • Competent to manage acutely ill neonates in a local neonatal unit.


  • Evidence of Subspeciality (Neonatology) qualifications and expertise (UK or European)

Motivation and Attitude


  • Evidence of self-motivation and initiative.
  • Commitment to the paediatric neonatology service development
  • Be an example as clinical leader
  • Ability to organise own CME/CPD needs.

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