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Clinical Fellow (ST4-8) - Southwest Neonatal Advice and Retrieval

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£55,329 to £63,152 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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The SONAR Team is the neonatal transport service covering the South West Neonatal Network (ODN). This region has over 45,000 deliveries per year. The team runs 24 hours a day and undertakes approximately 1100 journeys per year. The transport team is able to undertake cooling, and delivery of Nitric Oxide and HFOV during transfer. The service covers both acute transfers and repatriations between the twelve neonatal units in the region as well as acute transfers to the Bristol Children's Hospital. The north team of SONAR is based within St Michael's Hospital, Bristol.

We are seeking to appoint either an experienced, enthusiastic Clinical Fellow in either Paediatrics or Anaesthesia or a neonatal grid trainee seeking out of programme training from outside the Severn Deanery.

The successful candidate would be expected to become proficient and competent at delivering the vast majority of transfers on their own with consultant support although where necessary a consultant may also attend the transfer.

Applicants post CST wishing to widen their neonatal transport skills or considering an OOPE are actively encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be trained in order to become proficient and competent at delivering the majority of transfers on their own (with consultant support) and where necessary a consultant may accompany the fellow / registrar on the transfer.

Knowledge and skills gained during this placement would include effective transport triage, call conferencing, prioritisation of journeys, appropriate team composition, enhanced patient assessment, management of the critically ill child during transfer and other transport related clinical skills. They would be expected to have good communication and leadership skills in order to facilitate good handover of information between units.

The successful candidate would also be expected to undertake audit and service evaluations to improve the service.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have prior experience of tertiary level neonatal medicine at registrar/ST4+ level. They would be expected to already be competent in neonatal resuscitation. The successful candidate will be trained in order to become proficient and competent at delivering the majority of transfers on their own (with consultant support) and where necessary a consultant may accompany the fellow / registrar on the transfer.

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

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Training

  • MB, ChB or equivalent GMC registration or eligible for GMC registration
  • MRCPCH or equivalent
  • APLS or NLS provider


  • BSc
  • Higher degree (MD or PhD)
  • Qualification in education

Knowledge and Experience

  • General professional training of at least 2 years in approved UK or equivalent paediatric or Anaesthetic training posts
  • MRCPCH part 2 or FRCA part 1


  • Neonatal post in a large tertiary unit capable of providing all levels of intensive care
  • Paediatric sub-specialty experience, including community child health, developing world paediatrics, and other subspecialties
  • Experience of general practice, psychiatry, obstetrics

Skills and Abilities

  • Commensurate with competencies outlined for ST4 level posts
  • Computer Literate
  • Experience of and willingness to participate in teaching of other professionals
  • Evidence of passion for developing education and training activities
  • Knowledge of the principles of audit and evidence of participation in audit projects with at least one completed project


  • Early achievement of MRCPCH (or equivalent) after graduation
  • European Computer Driving Licence
  • Evidence of training and/or skills in teaching and learning





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