The post is full time and based primarily at the Leeds General Infirmary and is offering a 6 month Fellowship starting in August 2024
The post is an excellent opportunity for candidates to pursue a career as a consultant in paediatric orthopaedics.
The paediatric orthopaedic department is located in Leeds Children's Hospital which is on site within Leeds General Infirmary. As well as offering a full range of paediatric services including PICU and children's cardiac surgery. The post allows access to all the acute services within the country's second busiest Level 1 Major Trauma Centre (over 1000 MTC admissions per year, including over 100 paediatric MTC admissions). There are eight paediatric theatres in the Children's Hospital. The department is extremely busy seeing over 3000 referrals a year from the Yorkshire region as well as the paediatric trauma.
Main duties of the job
The successful candidate will receive advanced clinical and surgical training in all aspects of paediatric orthopaedic surgery, preparing for a consultant post. In addition, they will be expected to take part in research studies as appropriate and help with the departmental audit and database. Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching will also be required.
At present there are currently six paediatric orthopaedic consultants with expansion planned in the future. There are daily paediatric only trauma clinics (Monday to Friday) as well as other elective clinics, including subspecialty clinics such as paediatric limb reconstruction, adolescent hip, neuromuscular and baby clinic for hip and foot deformities. The regional referral base is from the whole of the Yorkshire Region, a population of approximately 3.5 million. Leeds paediatric orthopaedic consultants also provide services in 5 of the regions district general hospitals, including Calderdale/ Huddersfield, Harrogate, Bradford, Airedale and Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust.
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The Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery provides Trauma and Elective services to Leeds residents and beyond. A regional service is provided for spine and scoliosis surgery, complex and revision arthroplasty, hand surgery, paediatric surgery, foot and ankle surgery and both acute trauma and post traumatic reconstructive surgery. The regional referral base is now from the whole of the Yorkshire Region, a population of approximately 3.5 million.
The paediatric orthopaedic department is located in Leeds Children's Hospital which is on site within Leeds General Infirmary. As well as offering a full range of paediatric services including PICU and children's cardiac surgery it allows access to all the acute services within the country's second busiest Level 1 Major Trauma Centre (over 1000 MTC admissions per year, including over 100 paediatric MTC admissions). There are eight paediatric theatres in the Children's Hospital.
The paediatric orthopaedic department is extremely busy seeing over 3000 referrals a year from the region as well as the paediatric trauma. There are currently six paediatric orthopaedic consultants. There are daily paediatric only trauma clinics (Monday to Friday) as well as other elective clinics, including subspecialty clinics such as paediatric limb reconstruction, adolescent hip, neuromuscular and baby clinic for hip and foot deformities. The paediatric spine service is carried out separately by the Spinal Department including complex scoliosis, and complex paediatric hand and upper limb neuromuscular cases are cared for by the paediatric plastic surgery department.
Leeds paediatric orthopaedic consultants also provide services in five of the regions district general hospitals, and this hub and spoke model is being expanded.
There are three adult trauma theatres running all day seven days per week. Adult elective orthopaedic services are carried out at Chapel Allerton Hospital.
MEDICAL STAFF IN THE DEPARTMENT
Trauma and Orthopaedic department of surgery is a large unit contributing to both service delivery and academic research. There are 24 Consultants including a Professor of Trauma surgery and all main branches of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery are represented. The department consists of:
19 HST (ST3 9)
1 National Spine Fellow
1 National Hand Fellow
1 Limb Reconstruction Fellow
7 Clinical/Research Fellows
6 Trust Grade ST1 to ST3
9 ST1/2 posts
4 FY2 Doctors
6 FY1 Doctors
The department is supported by Trauma co-ordinators and clinical nurse specialists, including two in paediatric orthopaedics.
DUTIES OF THE POST
The paediatric orthopaedic fellow will support the paediatric orthopaedic consultants in theatre, clinics and wards. There will also be opportunity for independent working in these areas where appropriate.
Teaching and appropriate supervision of junior orthopaedic staff is to be encouraged, as well as participation in audit and research.
LEVELS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Commitment to ensuring work is completed and targets met within the timescales dictated by the NHS and Trust protocols.
Communicate sensitively, effectively and exercise judgment when dealing with others.
Respect the privacy, dignity, religious and cultural beliefs of others.
Effective supervisory/managerial skills.
Able to analyse and resolve problems with staff.
Implement new working practices/processes.
Flexibility in work and workload and ability to prioritise.
Ability to work effectively under pressure and achieve deadlines.
Effective communication skills, verbal and written, at all levels.
Ability to work within departmental, Trust and NHS processes and protocols.
Seek to develop and improve services.
Demonstrate a commitment to team working.
Demonstrate integrity and respect confidentiality
TEACHING AND RESEARCH/STUDY AND TRAINING
Regular undergraduate and post graduate teaching. Fortnightly teaching of the junior doctors including, StRs, CT and foundation year doctors.
Facilities are available for clinical research and laboratory facilities can be arranged for special purposes. It is anticipated that the post holder will participate in a number of clinical research projects during this appointment. Research time may be incorporated into the job plan for these posts, subject to discussion and the individual personal development needs of the applicant.
- FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics)
- AO Basic course
- AO paediatrics course or equivalent
Eligibility, Fitness to practice, and Language Skills
- Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment and hold a current licence to practice
Clinical, Academic, and Personal Skills
- Communication Skills: Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication & capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation
- Able to build rapport, listen, persuade & negotiate
- Problem Solving & Decision Making: Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems/make decisions, indicating an analytical/scientific approach
- Teaching experience such as ATLS instructor
- More than 4 years experience of Orthopaedic Surgery at HST (ST3+) level, or equivalent
- Ability to provide complete details of employment history
- Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances
- Demonstrate research and audit experience with publications in peer reviewed journals
- Teaching hospital paediatric orthopaedics (within last 2 years)
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