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Consultant in Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
6 May 2024

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Consultant in Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology

This is a full-time Consultant in Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology with responsibility in Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Services for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. This post is based on a 10 PA job plan and has been newly created to meet the increasing demands of the service.

Main duties of the job

The clinical activities of the service include New Patient Referral Clinics for inflammatory and non-inflammatory problems, Follow-Up Clinics, Monthly Transitional clinics, Monthly Paediatric Uveitis clinics, Joint Injection clinics, Joint injections under GA list and Urgent day care review clinics. There is a weekly joint injection service (Entonox) in the day care unit and a monthly GA List done in the Theatres. The post holder is expected to be competent in performing joint injections under Entonox and GA.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:

  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:

  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description
Job responsibilities

The overriding purpose is to support the provision of highest quality patient care through personal actions and continuous improvement.


  • The appointee will be responsible for the management of a full range of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology emergency and elective patients who are admitted to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
  • 1: 3 Consultant of the Week for the Rheumatology service including adhoc on-call service (for advice until 2200 hrs)
  • Provision with Consultant colleagues of a comprehensive elective and emergency Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology service.
  • Provision of reciprocal cover for periods of leave.
  • Provision of OOH advice to the General Paediatric team and PICU teams, for managing admitted patients and patients attending Paediatric ED

The Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology provides clinical services for patients with all types of rheumatic disease. Referrals are received from the primary care, community paediatric team and other Departments within the Trust. Joint injections under Entonox care carried out in the day care unit and the GA list. The team works in close relationships with all paediatric sub-specialities including Dermatology, Endocrine, Respiratory, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Gastroenterology and Nephrology speciality teams. There is a dedicated Paediatric Uveitis service. There is a dedicated transitional process, attended by an Adult Rheumatology colleague. Patients in the age group 14-18 yrs. are reviewed in the transitional clinic and after 18 yrs. transitioned to the dedicated Young Adult Rheumatology clinic run by the Adult Rheumatologist. The post holder is also expected to continue to develop the existing service for Hypermobility and Non-Inflammatory MSK conditions.

Inpatients are cared for out of hours by either the General Paediatric Team or the PICU team. Currently, there is no OOH on-call rota for Paediatric rheumatology service, but a 0.5 PA is allocated in acknowledgement that current consultants do provide out of hours advice until 10 PM.

These duties are subject to review from time to time considering the changing requirements of the service. If alterations to the described duties are required these will be mutually agreed upon between the appointee, his/her Consultant colleagues, and the Trust. The person appointed will be required to devote substantially the whole of his/her time to the duties of the post and give them priority at all times.

Governance and Audit

Each consultant is expected to take an active role in clinical governance activities including (but not restricted to) clinical audit, incident reporting, review of complaints, risk management, CPD and Evidence-Based Practice. Each directorate has a Consultant Clinical Governance lead.


The Trust has extremely close links with Leicester University and has academic departments in the majority of its clinical specialities. There are University and Trust research facilities. The Trust has a research strategy and management framework which aligns its funding for research with the research and innovations activities it supports. Consultants who wish to undertake research require the approval of the Trust R& I Department and relevant ethical approval and must adhere to the local and National Framework for Research Governance. The selected candidate is expected to participate in all the research activities of the Paediatric Rheumatology Service. Extra PAs will be provided for dedicated research role.

Other Duties as Agreed

The appointee may wish to take on other roles alongside their clinical role. Any positions offered by bodies outside the Trust, (e.g. Training Programme Director, Regional College Advisor, Royal College Representative etc,) must be discussed and agreed upon by the Head of Service in advance of the position being accepted, so that the impact upon the speciality can be fully considered and any job plan amendments are undertaken should the additional role be accepted.

Person Specification
Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours

  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's Values and Behaviours

Clinical Skills/Experience

  • Ability to run a joint injection service
  • Ability to deliver a Tertiary Paediatric & Adolescent Rheumatology service
  • CCT in Paediatric Rheumatology or Any equivalent specialist training programme in Paediatric & Adolescent Rheumatology
  • Adolescent Health and Transitional Care Training
  • Evidenced technical skills as described in the job description (Joint injection service)


  • Specific training in communication skills

Teaching, Audit & Research

  • Evidence of participation in Clinical Audits and QIP projects
  • Able to teach and support Students and trainees
  • Research experience and commitment to research activities


  • Good Clinical Practice Training Research Publications
  • Higher teaching degree or qualification or training

Professional Qualifications/ Development

  • MRCPCH or equivalent


  • Higher professional degree
  • Post-graduate qualification in Rheumatology

Professional Registration

  • Full GMC registration
  • Previous Consultant Experience

Equality and Diversity

  • Able to demonstrate a commitment and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs.

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