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Locum Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 per annum
Closing date
20 Sep 2023

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Hospital, Paediatrics
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time


This is a new full time (10-programmed activities) locum consultant post to support the cystic fibrosis and expanding Paediatric Respiratory Medicine services in Leicester. This post will be fixed term for 12 months in the first instance with scope to be re-advertised as a substantive position in the future.

The post holder will join the existing clinical respiratory team in participating in all aspects of paediatric respiratory medicine. The inpatient service is based at the Leicester Children's Hospital (on the Leicester Royal Infirmary site), where the successful candidate will share consultant duties as daytime consultant of the week (1 in 7).

Main duties of the job


To contribute to the provision of the paediatric respiratory service, including:

  • Tertiary paediatric cystic fibrosis and respiratory outpatient clinics
  • Inpatient consultant cover for paediatric respiratory patients, and as part of the shared respiratory consultant of the week daytime rota (1 in 7 0900 till 1700 Monday-Friday, 0900 till 1300 Weekends)
  • Paediatric flexible bronchoscopy
  • Promote and strengthen links with colleagues in the region (primary care and local district general hospitals) with a view to increasing formal outreach
  • Opportunities to develop further areas of subspecialty interest in areas of respiratory medicine which compliments the interests of the rest of the department
  • Successful candidates will be encouraged to participate with departmental research activity and develop their own areas of research interest

About us


Leicester Children's Hospital provides paediatric services to the just over one million residents of Leicestershire and Rutland. Tertiary services the Leicester Children's Hospital also attracts patients from further afield. All the general and specialist services, except for cardiac services, are centralised on the Leicester Royal Infirmary site. Cardiac services are based at the Glenfield Hospital site. The Leicester Children's Hospital currently manages around 130 beds and has a budget of over 35 Million. The Children's Hospital team includes more than 50 consultants and sees 13 000 new out-patients annually. The Children's Hospital manages 3000 day case patients and 12 000 emergency patients annually. The Children's Hospital forms part of UHL's Women and Children's Clinical Management Group (CMG)


The respiratory department provide a diagnostic and management service for patients with complex respiratory disorders including difficult asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic respiratory failure (long term ventilation), sleep disordered breathing, primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), non-CF bronchiectasis, airway disorders, and interstitial lung diseases.

Job description
Job responsibilities



Provide paediatric respiratory out-patient and in-patient services.

  • Provide consultant-of-the-week cover for paediatric respiratory medicine.
  • Provide respiratory consultant cover for daytime weekday referrals.
  • Work collaboratively with the paediatric respiratory team.
  • Work supportively and collaboratively in the multi-disciplinary team, and participate in the MDT meetings.
  • Ensure and encourage communication between all stakeholders, including patients, parents and carers, members of the multi-disciplinary team and colleagues in the trust and region.
  • Ensure that consistently high standards of care are delivered by example and mentorship.
  • Work effectively with the Clinical Management Group Clinical Quality and Safety co-ordinator to identify and reduce risks, incidents and complaints to ensure that the team learn from such occurrences and to improve patient safety.
  • Actively ensure the appropriate safeguarding of patients.

Education and Training

  • Provide teaching and support of medical students, junior and senior paediatric trainees. This will include ward-based bed-side teaching, seminars, and clinical teaching on ward rounds and in clinics.
  • Provide mentorship, advice, and encouragement for trainees with an interest in paediatric respiratory medicine.

Leadership, Management and Administration

  • Undertake managerial duties associated with the care of their patients and the running and development of their clinical department
  • Provide clinical and strategic leadership for their subspecialist area, and support the wider respiratory team to develop the service as needed in order to continually deliver the best care possible for patients
  • Have an understanding of the wider health agenda and modern NHS
  • Engage fully with the Childrens Hospital Strategy and the strategic direction of the wider trust
  • Be able to account for their non-fixed session time - this may be filled with additional teaching, audit research and/or administrative duties


The key working relationships will be with the

  • Respiratory MDT (medical, nursing and support staff)
  • Respiratory specialist nurses
  • General and sub-speciality paediatric teams
  • Paediatric surgical teams
  • Paediatric intensive care team
  • Higher Education Institutions (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Management team of the Womens and Childrens Clinical Management Group
  • Regional and national networks


There is a day-time on-service system 1 in 7 weeks frequency covering respiratory inpatients, inpatient referrals and the high dependency unit.

Person Specification

  • MB BS or Equivalent
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Fully Accredited for Higher Specialist Training or will be eligible for inclusion on the Specialist Register within 6 months of the interview date.
  • MRCPCH or Equivalent
  • Child Protection Level 3
  • APLS


  • Membership of relevant Specialist Societies or Associations.
  • Higher degree eg MSc, MD or equivalent.

Experience/ Clinical Skills

  • Fully trained in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
  • Clinical Knowledge and Expertise: Appropriate knowledge base and ability to apply sound clinical judgment to problems demonstrates clear, logical thinking/analytical approach understands evidence based practice
  • IT Skills, ability to use web browser, excel, word etc.
  • Willingness to develop skills and experience in areas of interest


  • Evidence of clinical or research commitment
  • Evidence of experience in management of children with PCD


  • Personal integrity and reliability. Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Ability to motivate and develop both medical Staff and non-medical staff.


  • Commitment to further develop the post and the service provided.


  • Willingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities.
  • Able to work in multidisciplinary teams and supervise juniors
  • Understanding of wider health agenda and modern NHS
  • Knowledge of clinical governance issues
  • Capacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively capacity to organise own workload.
  • Flexible


  • Awareness of Service Development issues
  • Evidence of management and administration experience
  • Management training on an accredited course


  • Experience in, and commitment to medical audit.


  • Undergone training in teaching and willingness to organise relevant audit activities.
  • Completion of formal courses in audit.
  • Published Audit


  • Understanding and interest in research.
  • Ability to appraise research critically
  • Ability to supervise juniors undertaking research projects.


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

Communication Skills

  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication with patients and colleagues.
  • To be empathic and sensitive capacity to take others perspectives and treat others with understanding


  • Leadership skills


  • Experience of, and commitment to teaching undergraduate and postgraduates
  • Appraisal and assessment skills
  • Enthusiastic and ability to inspire others


  • Willingness to develop new approaches to teaching
  • Post Graduate qualification in medical education.

Employment Checks

  • Satisfactory health clearance.
  • Satisfactory enhanced Criminal Records Bureau / DBS check




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