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Locum Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

This is a Full Time Locum Consultant Paediatric Neurologist appointment(1 year maternity leave cover).The post holder will work together with 8 other consultant paediatric neurologists and other team members to deliver paediatric neurology care.It is desirable if the post holder has experience within Neuromuscular, but not essential to this post.

The Paediatric Neurology (PN) service provides tertiary care for children with neurological conditions throughout the South West of England region, and secondary and tertiary care for children with neurological problems in Bristol. It is a large busy service with a wide catchment area, serving a total population of 5.6 million. Although based in Bristol, the service also provides peripheral outreach clinics on a regular basis to all the district general hospitals (DGH) within the region.

The paediatric neurology service is based entirely at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. (BRHC part of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust) It provides a tertiary level service for children who need neurological assessments, care and treatments namely spasticity and movement disorders assessment and management, neuromuscular services, evaluation by the epilepsy surgery service (CESS), neuro-rehabilitation and complex neuroimaging.

Main duties of the job

The appointees will participate in the multidisciplinary clinical meetings, outpatient clinics, participate in on-call service rota, together with emergency work as necessary. The post holder will be expected to provide outreach clinics within the South West region.

We operate a 'service consultant' system whereby one neurology consultant is responsible for the day-to-day running of the in-patient service for seven days at a time. In a department of 8 consultants this means delivering 4/5 service weeks per year.

The successful candidate will be expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies relating to administration of patient care. This includes working to set timescales for the triage of referrals, the completion of discharge summaries prior to patients being discharged, following the specified process for the management of patients that do not attend (DNA) their appointment or admission, and the completion of all paperwork deemed necessary to support the management of their patients within agreed timescales. Consultants are also expected to work with service managers and clinical colleagues to manage their caseload in a flexible way, to ensure both clinical, national and local priorities, such as maximum waiting times for referral to treatment, are achieved.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The service is part of the Womens and Child Health division and is embedded within other secondary and tertiary level services for children. The paediatric neurology service works closely with the paediatric neurosurgery service, providing medical input into all paediatric neurosurgical cases.

For a more detailed overview of the main responsibilites of the role please refer to the attached job description.

Person Specification
Qualifications & Training

  • MRCPCH or equivalent
  • Maintain Full registration with the GMC.
  • Must have CCT Paediatric Neurology and have been entered on the GMC Specialist Register at the time of the appointment.
  • Specialist registrars that do not hold a CCT must be due to be awarded one within 6 months of the interview date.


  • Higher academic qualification e.g. MD, PhD or equivalent


  • Recent experience and familiarity of UK hospital systems and practices (or equivalent).
  • Broad training in paediatric neurology


  • Interest in paediatric complex movement disorders and paediatric neurorehabilitation

Clinical Governance and Audit

  • Evidence of recent CME/ reasonable training progression at this stage of career.
  • Experience in audit cycle
  • Experience of audit projects
  • Knowledge of contemporary NHS management issues.
  • Knowledge of political context within which we operate.


  • Completion of a general management course or programme
  • Demonstration of involvement in clinical directorate management.
  • Completion of a general management course or programme.
  • Interest in medical management.


  • Willingness to undertake further research.
  • Evidence of relevant publications in peer reviewed journals.

Teaching and Training

  • Proven teaching ability.
  • Willingness to undertake teaching of medical under-graduates & postgraduates.

Management & Leadership

  • Ability to lead a team and form effective working relationships within a team.
  • Ability to integrate into existing paediatric neurology team. Ability to work effectively as part of a clinical team and to operate a team based shared care system of in patient management paediatric neurology and paediatric neurosurgery patients. Prepared to be flexible in working patterns. Able to work well with peers and senior colleagues. Ability to inspire, motivate and develop junior medical staff.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of the Women's and Children's Directorate. To balance individual requirements against those of the Directorate and Trust as a whole.
  • Good verbal communication skills. Evidence of the ability to communicate with patients, colleagues and staff at all levels.
  • Ability to gain the trust and confidence of colleagues and patients




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