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Locum Consultant Paediatric Surgery

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
10 Apr 2024

We are seeking a general paediatric surgery consultant to join our dynamic and friendly department at the Chelsea & Westminster, West Middlesex and St Mary's Hospitals, part of West London Children's Healthcare.

This post is for general paediatric surgeon with focus in general surgery of childhood and acute paediatric and neonatal surgery take. Candidates are expected to be trained and qualified in general paediatric, neonatal surgery and paediatric trauma. The successful applicant will join our team providing excellent care to our local children and families across the paediatric surgery sites in West London. The job comprises of 5 elective weeks and one attending week in 6 based at the Chelsea & Westminster site, and an out-of-hours on-call (1:5) duties based at the St Mary's site. The appointee will receive mentoring and support from the team of paediatric surgery consultants.

The post is calculated at 10 programmed activities with a prospect to become a substantive job to meet the growing needs of the paediatric surgery service across West London Children's Healthcare Alliance. The successful candidate is expected to start on the 1st July 2024.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to deliver 10 programmed activities, on average, per week. They are expected to deliver full week of acute emergency take day-time attending (1:6) at CWH, and participate in a full out-of-hours on-call commitments at SMH (1:5).

Candidates are expected to be trained in general paediatric and neonatal surgery and urology, and paediatric trauma management. Elective work will include general paediatric surgery clinics and operating lists in all WLCH sites. The post-holder will attend 1:6 weeks in C& W, which will involve the management of acute neonatal and paediatric surgical admissions on the Chelsea as well as the Royal Brompton sites. The role will involve out-of-hours on-call (1:5) duties in St Mary's Hospital, which is a Paediatric Trauma Centre with a busy Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

About us

On 1st April 2022, paediatric and child health services across Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust came together under a single and integrated governance and leadership structure accountable to the Trust Board's for both organisations.

Together we have an ambitious vision to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people across West London. We will do this by supporting our two previously quite separate clinical teams to come together to work collaboratively on common care pathways and to build stronger, shared links with research and education colleagues at Imperial College.

WLCH has been founded to provide specialist paediatric and child healthcare in West and North West London, and to improve the health and wellbeing of the children we serve by moving beyond the boundaries of our individual organisations to deliver truly integrated care.

All WLCH post holders will be expected to follow the values of both organisations, and in addition to follow the WLCH guiding principle that everything we do is in the best interests of children and young people.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For detailed job description and overview of the main responsibilities of this post please refer to our detailed job description for more information

Person Specification
Trust Values

  • Putting patients first
  • Responsive to, and supportive of, patients and staff
  • Open, welcoming and honest
  • Unfailingly kind, treating everyone with respect, compassion and dignity
  • Determined to develop our skills and continuously improve the quality of care

Education and Qualifications

  • MBBS or equivalent
  • FRCS paediatric surgery or equivalent
  • Full GMC registration with license to practice


  • On GMC Specialist Register
  • Completion or evidence of working towards a higher academic degree (MD/PhD)

Relevant Experience in Specialty

  • Substantial clinical experience in paediatric & neonatal surgery
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients
  • Experience in managing common paediatric and neonatal surgical emergencies
  • Experience in the management of paediatric trauma
  • Skills in minimal access surgery


  • Experience of working in paediatric & neonatal surgery at a consultant level
  • Experience of working as a consultant Paediatric Surgeon in a tertiary trauma centre


  • Undergraduate/ postgraduate and formal teaching
  • Experience of teaching to meet the requirements of junior doctors and nurses


  • Teaching qualification

Clinical Governance

  • Understanding of clinical governance audit
  • Experience of teaching to meet the requirements of junior doctors and nurses


  • Level 3 Safeguarding Training

Physical Requirements

  • Meets health requirements of the job

Management Skills

  • Good understanding of the structure and processes of the NHS
  • Organisation, time management, forward planning attention to detail


  • Knowledge of best practice in management
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Knowledge of business planning and budgets

Academic/Research Skills

  • Author of peer reviewed publications and presentation to learned societies
  • Author of peer reviewed publications and presentation to learned societies
  • Author of peer reviewed publications and presentation to learned societies

Team Work

  • Ability to work well with colleagues within and across departments and hospitals and share the load and introduce change collaboratively
  • Willingness to seek guidance from senior consultant colleagues

Communication Skills

  • Good written and spoken communication and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to build rapport and good negotiation skills
  • Ability to empathise with patients and families and demonstrate active listening.




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