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Consultant in Paediatrics

Government of Jersey
£102,090 to £152,196 a year Depending on experience
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Specialist doctor, Paediatrics
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The General Hospital in Jersey is looking for a Consultant Paediatrician to join the department of four Consultants and seven Middle Grades. We provide acute and ambulatory services to the 16,000 children in Jersey, including level 1 Neonatal Care. We take great pride in providing a high-quality service and are well supported by specialist colleagues in the UK, including PICU and emergency retrieval. The post attracts 10 PAs within the Health and Community Services Department of the States of Jersey, based on but independent of the NHS UK. The Consultant Pay Scale is competitive as are the tax arrangements. A generous study leave budget allows Consultants to continue their professional development.

If you are a General Paediatrician or a Community Paediatrician with Neonatal skills and looking for an opportunity to lead a fulfilling career in a beautiful and safe environment, then Jersey is the place for you.

Full travelling expenses are paid from a UK port of entry, with a generous relocation package available. The post attracts residential qualifications and under Jersey Law, applicants must possess full registration with the General Medical Council and hold a licence to practise.
Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be part of a team providing acute and ambulatory medical care to children in Jersey. On call is 1:4 with consultant of the week. Prospective cover is provided in the form of the consultant locum policy, which remunerates for cross covering colleagues annual leave.

The post holder would be required to deliver 5.5 sessions of direct clinical care a week, in the form of ward rounds and clinics. There are 2.5 sessions per week of SPA time and 2 sessions in lieu of on call duties. On call duties, evening and weekends are non-resident, with an experienced SAS doctor on site 24 hours a day. Duties would include general paediatrics and neonates. Management of paediatric and neonatal emergencies is frequently necessary. Because of the isolation on the island the post holder will need to be confident dealing with these eventualities, with support from our local ITU and intensivists, as well as PICU and NICU units in the UK. There are also close working links with tertiary Centres like Southampton general hospital.

Ward admissions are typical of a small DGH in the NHS UK. We receive support from local surgical specialities including ENT and general surgery, but some surgical and medical problems need treatment in tertiary centres in the UK.
About us

Jersey is separate to the NHS. For further information about the services we provide, please click on the following link.

We believe that working in Jersey can be both professionally and personally rewarding. We provide ourselves in delivering high quality care that is person centred and safe and effective. Our aim is to deliver excellent clinical services and to make sure that our patients experience is of the highest quality. This is your opportunity to make a difference to the patients you are treating on the Island of Jersey.

Subject to satisfactory performance incremental progression is automatic for between points 1 17 on the pay scale. Formal applications are required for points 17 20.

We have a rotation of Junior doctors from Health Education Wessex. We are currently developing the plans for our new hospital so the next few years will be an exciting time for Health & Social Services, Jersey.

Jersey is a wonderful place to live and work, offering low crime rates, excellent education, good sports and leisure facilities, unique wildlife and breath-taking scenery. We welcome all applications irrespective of disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and encourage all prospective applicants to research Jersey to see what it can offer you and your family as well as what our hospital can offer you and your career.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Where necessary PICU retrieval teams will transfer children to the UK. At times Consultants and SAS doctors will accompany children to UK centres when they are not critically ill. Neonatal transfers are frequently performed by the Jersey Consultants and it is hoped that the post holder will participate in this. Training for this is provided.

We have a robust governance system, local policies, guidelines and pathways, audits, structured judgemental reviews. The post holder would be expected to participate in and support this process.

In addition to SAS doctors, we have a GP ST1 trainee. We also have medical students on attachment from the University of Southampton. Participation in teaching, training and supporting these doctors and students would be expected

The post holder will be expected to participate in the training of Medical Staff for whom he/she is responsible and ensure that training and learning needs are identified and facilitated. Junior doctors will be appraised at appropriate intervals.

The post holder will be expected to take part in management and audit activities and represent the service at Hospital meetings, as agreed with colleagues. The post holder will be expected to be fully involved in a Risk Management programme and support the Governance agenda.

There is a Consultant Locum Policy that encourages cover within the Department without employment of locums. Extra duties are financially rewarded from departmental locum fund. The policy does allow a locum to cover leave for short periods if necessary. Applicants should acquaint themselves with this policy by requesting the policy document from the HR Department.

The successful candidate should be adaptable, flexible and innovative in order to meet the ongoing challenges within the service.

1:4 on call, with a set on call day during the week and shared 1:4 Fridays and weekends. Prospective cover is provided and remunerated by way of the Consultant Locum Policy. We run a Consultant of the Week rota, to provide consultant delivered services with extended consultant presence, to meet supervision and to meet an increased general and specialist paediatric and Neonatal inpatient service. All other duties cancelled during this week. At other times clinics and SPA activities are undertaken.

We are a small department, currently composed of 6 Paediatric Consultants, 7 Paediatric Staff Grades, and 1 GP trainee doctor.

We provide acute and ambulatory care to the approximately 16,000 children living in Jersey. This includes Neonatal Care, Acute Paediatric Medical Care and Ambulatory Care. Acute services are delivered at the General Hospital. Robin Ward (the Childrens ward) has 12 beds and cares for medical and surgical in-patients with 1600 admissions per year. Outpatient services are provided for approximately 850 new patients per annum. Visiting consultants deliver clinics in Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Cardiology, Paediatric Respiratory medicine, Paediatric Gastroenterology, Paediatrics Urology and Paediatric Endocrinology.

The post holder will form part of the on call team, participating in a 1:4 on call rota, covering General Paediatrics and Neonates. On calls are non-resident with resident staff grade doctors as first on call.

The successful applicant will provide 5.5 episodes of direct clinical care which will include ward rounds and outpatient clinics. 2.5 Sessions per week are allocated to SPA time and there are 2 sessions off in lieu of on-call. Development of a special interest will be encouraged and supported.

We receive local support from Adult Intensive Care, and the surgical team, including General Surgery, ENT, Orthopaedics and Maxillofacial surgery. We also receive support from CAMHS, Physiotherapy, OT, Speech and Language Therapy and Dietetics.

There are about 1000 deliveries in the Maternity Unit annually. We run a level 1 Neonatal Unit, but frequently need to stabilise preterm babies prior to transfer to tertiary unit. Appropriate cases are transferred to NICU by our own team, but the Southampton PICU will retrieve particularly unstable newborns. Our policy is that complicated pregnancies, including antenatally diagnosed malformations, and deliveries expected before 30 weeks gestation, deliver in tertiary units in the UK. Similarly we will occasionally need to provide urgent care to critically ill children prior to the arrival of the PICU retrieval team.

There is an active Departmental teaching programme to which all members of the team contribute. There is also a generous study leave budget and ample annual study leave allocation, to allow the post holder to maintain their CPD. Annual appraisal is mandatory, which supports GMC revalidation. We have a good record of staff grades achieving MRCPCH, and we offer MRCPCH preparation tutorials for exam candidates and support through the CESR process. We have final year students on clinical attachments from Southampton Medical School, and GP trainees from Wessex, so clinical teaching is an important part of the job.

Person Specification
  • Primary Medical Degree
  • Higher Specialty qualification: MRCPCH
  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a Licence to practise (for overseas candidates it is mandatory that a licence is obtained prior to appointment).
  • Inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register/Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or equivalent in the relevant Specialty (or be within 6 months of obtaining this at the date of the interview - documentary evidence of this must be provided to support your application)
  • Clinical Experience in an NHS environment
  • APLS and NLS certification in date
  • General experience Broad experience in General Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine
  • Enthusiastic Teacher
  • Previous Management Responsibility / Leadership Experience
  • Willingness to develop a specialist interest
Leadership and Management Skills
  • Ability to Work Flexibly with Colleagues to provide services
  • Ability to Work Effectively with a Multi-Disciplinary Team, motivating and influencing others through their enthusiasm.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, GPs, nurses, management and other agencies.
  • Highly motivated
  • Able to work within a team
  • Experience of Teaching, Training & Supervision of Junior Medical Staff and undergraduate students
  • An understanding of and ability to demonstrate your ability to:
  • Empower others
  • Lead through change
  • Influence strategically
  • Collaborative working
  • Drive for Improvement
  • Integrity

Employer details
Employer name

Health and Community Services

Government Of Jersey

19-21 Broad Street

St. Helier


Channel Islands


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