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Consultant in Neonatology

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Specialist doctor, Neonatology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Required to fill these new posts within the Neonatal Department at the Leeds General Infirmary. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic team in one of the busiest neonatal services in the UK.

The regional Neonatal Service at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is one of the largest in the UK and has a combined capacity of 69 cots (30 intensive care/high dependency). The service is currently provided across two sites, Leeds General Infirmary and St James's University Hospital. We have a strong track record in research and have a heavy emphasis on family Integrated Care. There are 1700 admissions per annum to the Neonatal Service which accepts both in-utero and post-natal transfers for specialist services and ongoing care from all over Yorkshire and Humber and often further afield. The service is one of only two in the UK with all tertiary paediatric specialties including cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, hepatology, nephrology and paediatric surgery. All of the tertiary paediatric services are located in the Leeds Childrens Hospital, within Leeds General Infirmary situated in Leeds city centre. There are currently plans to centralise all of maternity and neonatal services in a state of the art new build on the LGI site, alongside a new Leeds Childrens Hospital. Consideration will be given to applicants who wish to work full or part time and those wishing to job share.


Main duties of the job

The duties of this post will be to provide consultant led clinical duties on the Leeds General Infirmary and St Jamess sites (5 in 13 weeks), alongside the 12 other neonatologists. On call duties are 1:6 weeknights (LGI or SJUH) and 1:6 weekends (cross-site split weekends). The neonatal on call rota is separate from paediatrics and is currently resident until midnight.

The successful applicant should possess MRCPH (or equivalent) and should be included on the Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCT at the time of interview, if currently within a training programme within the UK. In accordance with the consultant appointment regulations, all other categories of doctors must be on the Specialist Register.

You should have established skills in Tertiary (level 3) Neonatal care and its related specialties. A strong commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and a research interest is desirable.

If shortlisted, you will be required to give a 10-minute presentation on:

The neonatal services across the UK are under and ever-increasing amount of scrutiny. Reviewing our local NNAP data, what would be the two key metrics you think we should focus on and what would you do to help us make improvements to that data and thus improve the care we deliver

About us

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one the largest teaching hospital trusts in Europe, with access to leading clinical expertise and medical technology. We care for people from all over the country as well as the 780,000 residents of Leeds itself. The Trust has a budget of £1.1 billion. Our 20,000 staff ensure that every year we see and treat over 1,500,000 people in our 2,000 beds or out-patient settings, comprising 100,000 day cases, 125,000 in-patients, 260,000 A& E visits and 1,050,000 out-patient appointments. We operate from 7 hospitals on 5 sites all linked by the same vision, philosophy and culture to be the best for specialist and integrated care.

Our vision is based on The Leeds Way, which is a clear statement of who we are and what we believe, founded on values of working that were put forward by our own staff. Our values are to be:






We believe that by being true to these values, we will consistently achieve and continuously improve our results in relation to our goals, which are to be:

1. The best for patient safety, quality and experience

2. The best place to work

3. A centre of excellence for specialist services, education, research and innovation

4. Hospitals that offer seamless, integrated care

5. Financially sustainable

Job description
Job responsibilities

In relation to this post, In relation to this post, the Leeds Centre for Newborn Care was created in 1998 with the merger of the two acute trusts. The service comprises one level 3 unit (NICU) at LGI and a combined low dependency comprising SCBU and Transitional Care at SJUH, each attached to a busy delivery suite. The neonatal service is one of the busiest in the country with 1700 admissions per year, providing 4000 intensive care days and a further 4200 high dependency care days per year. There are approximately 10,000 deliveries across the two sites.

Currently both sites are covered by a single consultant over the weekend, from 1700 on Friday until 0830 Monday, and is split into 24 hour on-calls between two consultants. The advertised post is part of an expansion of the consultant team in order to provide dedicated, separate on call cover to both sites.


To provide weekday consultant cover and weeknight on call (1 in 6 alternating site) to the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Leeds General Infirmary and the Local Neonatal Unit at St Jamess Hospital.

To provide weekend consultant led care to the two regional neonatal units within Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (1 in 6 weekends).

To provide, in conjunction with the existing consultants, supervision of neonatal care on the NICU, postnatal and transitional care wards. This will require working on both neonatal units by rotation.

To assist in delivering the induction and training programme for junior doctors. To contribute to the effective training and clinical supervision of medical staff within the neonatal service.

To liaise with the neonatal outreach team and community paediatic team provide planned discharge and follow up of neonatal graduates.

Person Specification

  • MB BS (or equivalent).
  • MRCPCH or equivalent qualification
  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment and hold a current licence to practice - YOUR GMC NUMBER MUST BE STATED ON YOUR APPLICATION IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE POST.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.


  • Higher degree e.g. MD/PhD relevant to the subspecialty.

Training, Research, Teaching & Audit

  • On the GMCs Specialist Register OR within six months of CCT at time of scheduled interview.
  • Should have completed a recognised training programme in Neonatal Medicine - GRID training or equivalent overseas specialist qualification.
  • Ability to organise the efficient and smooth running of a regional neonatal service.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own service workload.
  • Evidence of the ability to carry out medical research.
  • Ability to apply research to clinical management and outcome.
  • Experience in training undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors.
  • Experience of participation in regular clinical audit.


  • Previous experience of supervising research by junior staff.
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Attendance at recognised management course.
  • Evidence of leadership experience and attributes.

Management & Interpersonal Skills

  • Understanding of current issues in the NHS.
  • Understanding of the structure and importance of regional Neonatal Networks.
  • *Well organised and skilled in good time management.
  • *Effective interpersonal skills.
  • *Demonstrate ability to relate to and work within a team.


  • Attendance at recognised management course.
  • Evidence of leadership experience and attributes.

Other Requirements

  • *Hold full GMC Registration with a license to practice.
  • *Entry on the GMC Specialist Register via:
  • CCT (proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of interview) CESR (or) international applicants should comply with the GMC specialty registration process:


  • Must be able to demonstrate a high level of clinical experience and competence in Neonatal Medicine.
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion across the spectrum of neonatal medicine.
  • Ability to support a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to support and develop colleagues and to develop good professional relationships.
  • Evidence of continuous career progression consistent with personal circumstances.
  • Must have up-to-date Level 3 Safeguarding.


  • Experience of clinical networks

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