Are you an experienced and innovative Consultant Paediatrician aiming to develop a special interest in Epilepsy?
Our excellent paediatric team at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is offering you a great opportunity to achieve your professional goals.
You will be joining a friendly and supportive team of 15 general paediatricians based at Peterborough City Hospital working together to develop and deliver excellent patient centred general paediatric and epilepsy services to our local communities.
You will have the opportunity and support change to the services and to drive forward improvements based on your own experience and best evidence based practice.
By joining the general paediatric consultant rota, you will have the exposure to both general paediatrics and neonatology areas which will bring you a greater understanding of the services and better opportunities for specialty development.
Our paediatric and neonatal units are located within the Women and Children's wing of the hospital with state-of-the-art facilities. We believe this integration is benefitting the paediatric department, and we continue to increase cross-site working in the non-acute aspects of paediatric and neonatal care.
We are committed to supporting your career in an environment where your skills and initiatives are valued. We respect your wellbeing, and we are open to flexibility in your working patterns.
Main duties of the job
The job plan is anticipated to contain 10 programmed activities, 8.5 PAs of direct clinical care and 1.5 SPAs per week. We are open to consider alternative job content on a personal basis.
You will participate in 1:12 on-call consultant rota weekdays and weekends covering general paediatrics and neonatal specialities.
Your primary subspecialty responsibility will be to provide comprehensive support to the care of inpatient epilepsy patients and support and advice to patients with epilepsy and their families. at Peterborough City Hospital while attending epilepsy clinics on a weekly basis. You will also support the general paediatric clinic.
Together with the multidisciplinary team, you will participate in regional (EPEN) epilepsy training sessions and support the tertiary epilepsy outreach service including 8 outreach clinics a year.
As a consultant, you will provide teaching and training to junior staff, medical students, and allied health professionals, and you will participate in both departmental and Trust clinical governance and audit.
You will be responsible for you and your team's compliance with mandatory training and ensure active participation in continuing professional development (CPD).
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust provides acute care to our local communities via two District General Hospitals in Peterborough and Huntingdon, and a community hospital in Stamford.
We are promoting flexible working and a health work/home life balance. Agile working options are automatically considered for all roles within the Trust.
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and candidates from our local communities.
Your package with us includes a lot more than just your pay and here are a few of the additional benefits that are available to you as an employee:
- Relocation allowance in line with the Trust policy
- Access to the NHS Pension Scheme
- Generous Holiday Entitlement, starting at 27 days a year (for full time workers) plus bank/public holidays
- Free staff car parking on all our hospital sites during this financial year
- In-house Physiotherapy Services
- Career development and training opportunities
- Emotional Wellbeing Service covering a range of online support, access to mobile apps and 24/7 counselling services
- Subsidised meals at our hospital restaurants
- Access to exclusive discounts, cashback and vouchers via NHS Discounts and Blue Light Card
If you share our values and vision and are passionate about working with people on what matters to them, you could be a real asset to Team North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.
The Epilepsy Service:
The paediatric epilepsy service in the Trust currently includes 2 paediatricians with epilepsy interest in Hinchingbrooke, and three Epilepsy Specialist Nurses (working cross site in PCH and HH).
The local service is supported by the tertiary epilepsy service based in Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and there are eight annual outreach clinics in Peterborough. The local epilepsy service meets the standards to attract the epilepsy best practice tariff and is part of the East of England Paediatric Epilepsy Network (EPEN) which meets on a regular four monthly basis and is a platform for peer review, governance, and continuing professional development. The post-holder will also be supported to develop other interests within their role.
There are approximately 400 paediatric epilepsy patients in Peterborough and 200 in Huntingdon. We run consultant led 2 epilepsy clinics a week seeing new and follow up patients and there is one epilepsy specialist nurse clinic a week. In addition, we have support from one of the Consultants in Hinchingbrooke who does one clinic a month seeing Peterborough patients.
There are 8 Tertiary Outreach Clinics a year supported by the Addenbrookes Hospital Epilepsy and Neurology Service.
Paediatric Department Peterborough
Greater Peterborough has a population of approximately 200,000 people. Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust also provides a service to the adjacent areas of South Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and so has a catchment population in excess of 390,000.
Peterborough became a new town in 1969. The population grew rapidly over the next 40 years and is continuing to grow. There is a higher than average population of children in the city. The city has excellent transport links to London, the Midlands and the North of England. There is a wide variety of excellent housing in the area, in urban and rural settings. There is easy access to good schools.
Paediatric Unit (inpatient and outpatient)
The Amazon Ward Children's Unit is a purpose-built 30 bedded ward situated immediately adjacent to the Emergency Centre. Across the corridor are the Rainforest Outpatient Department and the offices of the consultant staff and secretaries. The NICU and Delivery Suite are immediately above on the first floor. Amazon ward benefits from a dedicated 2 bed High Dependency Unit, with state-of-the-art non-invasive ventilation capability, monitoring, and dedicated nursing capacity. There are 12 video-monitored cubicles, 4 of which are equipped with sophisticated positive/negative pressure laminar flow isolation systems. Children requiring intensive care are admitted to the adult intensive care unit under joint care with the anaesthetists prior to transfer although where appropriate, isolation facilities within the NICU may be used.
The Paediatric Assessment Unit is staffed by paediatric nurses is immediately adjacent to the childrens ward. It provides a controlled environment for ambulatory care where children are initially assessed and observed. There is a separate childrens area within the emergency department. This is staffed by paediatric emergency department nurses and the emergency department doctors.
In 2022/23 there were 3360 admissions to the childrens ward, 2339 of which were emergency admissions. There were 2273 high dependency days over the same time period.
Peterborough has a culturally and economically diverse population and this contributes to an extremely varied mix of general paediatric and paediatric neurological conditions.
The Rainforest Paediatric Outpatient Department has 10 clinic rooms, 3 treatment rooms, and a larger space for therapy sessions. There is a full phlebotomy service, and daily nurse led procedures including delivery of transfusions, infusions of antibiotics, skin-prick testing, and endocrine stimulation tests. All outpatient appointments are supported by a team of dedicated nursing staff who obtain the necessary anthropometry data, observations and urine tests. The outpatient facilities are adjacent to the paediatric ward and consultant/secretarial offices. We have over 15000 outpatient attendances a year.
There are tertiary outreach clinics in a number of subspecialty areas including neurology, respiratory/cystic fibrosis, cardiology, endocrinology, paediatric surgery, oncology, rheumatology, nephrology and genetics. In addition, we have excellent in house paediatric orthopaedic services and support from adult services for other specialties including ophthalmology and ENT. Out-Patient clinics are also held at Stamford Hospital.
We have a dedicated Childrens Community Nursing Team which provides treatment and support for children and families. This helps to prevent unnecessary admission and facilitates early discharge.
There are approximately 4800 deliveries a year in Peterborough. The neonatal unit is situated within the Women and Child wing of Peterborough City Hospital. It has 20 cots including 8 configured for Intensive Care/ High Dependency. There is a separate 14 cot transitional care unit adjacent to the neonatal unit where babies requiring IV antibiotics, nasogastric tube feeding, phototherapy etc. are cared for.
The unit is a local neonatal unit (Level 2) and is part of the Eastern Neonatal ODN. Our regional Network Intensive Care Unit (Level 3) is based at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. We deliver care to neonates 27 weeks gestation and stabilise other neonates prior to transfer to the Level 3 unit.
There are 6 substantive neonatal consultants who share a 1:6 weekly rota during normal working hours. There is 1 Neonatal Registrar and 1 Specialty Doctor on the middle grade rota, 5 ST 1-3 trainee doctors and 3 ANNPs on the first on call rota together with an experienced and dedicated team of neonatal nurses.
Teaching and Research
The department has a major commitment to undergraduate teaching, with 4 students from Cambridge attached for 4 weeks clinical training and two students from Leicester for a 6 week module.
There is an extensive departmental educational programme including joint meetings with obstetric and radiology colleagues
There is an active Postgraduate Medical Centre on site, with a regular programme of educational activities. The library in the Centre holds major paediatric journals. Online medical resources are also available.
The post holder will be expected to take part in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and will be encouraged to initiate, supervise and carry out research activities within the department.
The post holder will be expected to have a self-critical approach to clinical practice and to participate in the departmental audit programme. He or she will be expected to keep up to date with continuing professional development and in particular, to fulfil the RCPCH requirements for continuing medical education.
Suitable office accommodation including computer with internet access and adequate secretarial support will be available.
Education & Qualifications
- Entry on Specialist Register (or entry expected within 6 months)
- MRCP or MRCPCH or equivalent
- Other relevant qualification e.g. MD or MSc.
- Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining UK CCT in paediatrics
- Level 3 (or equivalent) training in safeguarding and experience of safeguarding work
- Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients
- Up to date APLS and NLS
- Experience in developing clinical guidelines
- Sub-speciality interest to complement the needs of the department
Management and Administration Experience
- Excellent verbal & non verbal communication skills
- Excellent organisational skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
- Basic I.T. literacy skills
- Knowledge and experience of Clinical Audit
- Experience of clinical teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate