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Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

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Job overview

We are looking to appoint a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine.

In 2021 NHS England funded a new regional children’s palliative care service for East of England (RAaFT- Regional Advice and Facilitation Team: East of England Children’s Palliative Care Service), comprising 2 Consultants in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, a Nurse Consultant, 2 Specialist Nurses, 0.5 Senior Pharmacist and 0.5 Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a Data Manager.

RAaFT has been established to offer palliative and end of life care to all babies and children and families in the region with life-limiting conditions. The Paediatric Palliative Care consultant will work very closely with the regional Children’s Hospices via the East of England Paediatric Palliative Care Managed Clinical Network (MCN). The new consultant will work closely with colleagues at CUHT and other hospitals around the region, and with community children's services as well as colleagues in education and social services.

Main duties of the job

The appointee will assume Consultant responsibilities with RAaFT and will support the service. They will work with children’s health services across the region, including children’s hospices to ensure the most appropriate support is delivered.  

This includes fetal medicine, management in neonatal and paediatric ICU settings, and full range of paediatric services. From the point of diagnosis, controlling distressing symptoms and providing practical and emotional support through treatment, at end of life and into bereavement. 

The post is hosted by CUH NHSFT, but the post holder will work with teams who already know the patient where they are based. 

Out of hours support/advice is provided across the region by hospice specialist nurses with telephone on call support provided by the MCN specialist team rota. The post holder will contribute to this rota. There will be no acute out of hours cover within CUHT.

You will be fully registered with the GMC and ideally have, or be within six months of being awarded, CCT in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at the time of interview. Applications are welcomed from those unable to work full time or those wishing to job-share.

All newly appointed Consultants attend our five-day Consultant Development programme within a year of joining the Trust. Leadership is a key requirement of doctors’ professional work and this innovative programme is designed to support Consultants to hone the leadership and management skills they need to succeed at CUH.

Working for your organisation

The applicant must have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English that enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013). Non-UK applicants must possess the IELTS/OET exam before obtaining a GMC licence to practice.

Applications from job seekers who require skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

It is a requirement for skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the Job description and Person specification attached for further details on the main responsibilities and duties for this post.

Additional contact information

If you would like further information about the role and current service, please contact: Dr Carolina Perez, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine on 01223 217677 or



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