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Senior LED in Neonatology

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£55,329 per annum
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Specialist doctor, Neonatology
Non-training post
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Neonatology 2 year post

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in clinical and translational research projects in Neonatology at St Mary's Hospital. Applications are invited for the role starting this September 2024 and lasting for one year in the first instance and extendable provided satisfactory progress.

St. Mary's Hospital houses the Neonatal department, which boasts 69 cots and serves over 10000 deliveries annually. As the tertiary referral centre for high-risk Obstetrics and Neonatology, St. Mary's is a vital resource for the community. MFT's Neonatal Managed Clinical Service (MCS) includes local neonatal units at Wythenshawe Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital.

Main duties of the job

This is a two-year position within the NICU MCS clinical research team. The selected candidate will carry out a research project with the goal of obtaining an MD degree from the University of Manchester, and there will be ample opportunities to get involved in our homegrown research projects. Additionally, they will participate in portfolio and non- portfolio studies related to NICU. Successful applicants may have the opportunity to apply for transition into a PhD program and, subject to the success of their work, apply for additional external funding awards. The involvement in the research work will be 50%, and the remaining 50% will be to work as a middle-grade doctor (Tier 2 rota) in a tertiary level 3 neonatal unit.

Applicants must possess a minimum of six months of previous experience in Neonates at the Tier 2 level, and a full MRCPCH or equivalent level is mandatory. While this post is not accredited for training purposes, it may be appropriate for a trainee seeking Out-of- Programme opportunities for research or experience. The trainee must secure approval for OOP(R)/OOP(E) from their Postgraduate Dean.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of £2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description
Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification
Other requirements

  • Full registration (or eligible for full registration) with the General Medical Council and License to Practice

Qualifications and Training

  • Medical Degree
  • To have achieved minimum competencies expected of ST3 or equivalent in paediatrics
  • 6 months UK experience in tertiary neonatology
  • 12 months experience in Paediatrics/Neonates


  • MRCPCH or Equivalent


  • Experience of Audit

Academic Achievements

  • Distinctions or prizes during undergraduate training
  • Research & publications


  • Interest in all aspects of Neonatal Research
  • Ability to present research in a clear and precise way to parents and professionals
  • Good use of initiative and leadership

Interpersonal Skills

  • Organisation Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Team working Skills




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