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Locum Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 Per Annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

Job Details

The busy paediatric neurology department at King's College Hospital (KCH) offers inpatient and outpatient services to the local community and region, and supports specialist services including PICU, NICU, paediatric hepatology, paediatric major trauma and the paediatric neurosurgical service for South Thames East. We are part of one of the four designated Children's Epilepsy Surgery Services in England, joint with Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. The department comprises four full time and two part time paediatric neurologists, and a full time consultant in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation and epilepsy. The department works in partnership with paediatric neurology colleagues at the Evelina London Children's Hospital (ELCH), who provide out of hours cover to our inpatients. The post-holder will offer paediatric neurology support to inpatients and outpatients, including contributing to the 1:4 consultant of the week (CoW) rota at KCH, and play a key role in the busy children's epilepsy service.

Main duties of the job

Together with other colleagues, to provide a high quality care service to patients. This includes all aspects of treatment and relevant management duties for the proper functioning of the Care Group.

Shared responsibility with other colleagues for providing business hours cover for the Unit on a rota basis. Responsible also for covering colleagues' periods of annual leave and short-term sickness as detailed in your contract.

Provide clinical supervision of junior medical/dental practitioners as a shared responsibility with other consultant colleagues.

Responsible for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to CPD and clinical governance initiatives.

Responsible for outpatient clinic commitments in peripheral hospitals as agreed with the Care Group's management team where part of the service structure.

Contribute to the Care Group's research interests in accordance with the Trust's R& D framework.

Contribute to the audit programmes, Morbidity and Mortality, Clinical Governance programmes and Learning from Deaths.

Take an active role in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the Care Group's Business Plan. This may include assisting with discussions regarding service plans and developments with internal and external agencies.

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About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c£1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The Trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Work in conjunction with clinical and other professional colleagues to ensure that the productivity of staff within the specialty is maintained and their job satisfaction is enhanced. This may include involvement in the appraisal process for peers and/or junior colleagues.

Undertake Care Group management duties as agreed with the Care Group/Departmental Manager/Clinical Director.

Be aware of, and comply with, all Trust infection prevention and control policies, to include hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene.

Prepare for and undertake the protective interventions that you are responsible for in a manner that is consistent with evidence-based practice and maintaining patient safety.

Kings is committed to providing Consultant led 7-day services and in the event of future developments the post holder would be expected to contribute equally with other Consultant colleagues.

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Person Specification
Qualifications/ Higher Qualifications

  • MBBS or equivalent
  • MRCPCH or equivalent


  • Higher academic degree (MD or PhD)


  • Full Registration with GMC
  • Name on GMC Specialist Register for paediatric neurology on date of taking up appointment

Training and Experience

  • Specialist training in paediatric neurology in an accredited training programme or equivalent
  • Sub-specialty training in Complex Epilepsy Management - PET 3 course/ SPIN module in epilepsy or equivalent
  • Training in Clinical Governance Involvement in Clinical Audit
  • Teaching Experience
  • Awareness and experience of child protection processes
  • Experience of multidisciplinary assessment of children with complex epilepsy and comorbidities using clinical, diagnostic, and colleague assessments including therapies, psychology and psychiatry


  • Previous experience in paediatric epilepsy surgery programme assessments


  • Experience in day-to-day organisation of paediatric neurology services in a busy Teaching Hospital
  • Familiar with current structure of UK National Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes

Management and Leadership

  • Able to demonstrate leadership capability within multi-disciplinary teams


  • Management course and/or qualification

Audit and Quality Improvement

  • Thorough understanding of principles of medical audit. Must have undertaken and completed audit projects.


  • Audit Publications

Research and Publications

  • Experience of clinical research.


  • GCP training
  • Evidence of recruitment into trials
  • Proven ability to carry out high quality research, leading to publication.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent clinical skills in paediatric neurology
  • Effective communicator, able to work in a close-knit team and co-operate with all medical and paramedical staff
  • Familiarity with information technology and general computer skills
  • Flexible, able to cover colleagues' absence
  • Professional attitude towards work, reliability, good record of attendance and tidy personal appearance
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of Kings Values


  • On the day of interview applicants must be within 6 months of CCT or must have fully completed CESR application and be fully registered on the GMC Specialist Register. Any applications not meeting these criteria will not be considered.





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