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Paediatric Specialty Doctor

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells
Depending on experience per annum / pro rata
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic Paediatric Specialty Doctor to work at a brand new, state of the art, modern hospital (the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury). The hospital is all single roomed and offers all the facilities and services of a large District General Hospital. It opened fully in September 2011.

This post is available due to a specialist doctor moving into Paediatric training programme

This post will be mainly based at the New Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury, with some daytime duties at Maidstone.

Main duties of the job

This post is part of the doctor paediatric rota at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust which comprises 14 doctors. The 14 doctors include Specialty Doctors and paediatric trainees at ST4 and ST7 level.

All doctors work the same 12 PA rota, which covers neonatal unit, delivery suite, postnatal ward, paediatric ward and paediatric assessment units in rotation. There are also shifts allocated to attend outpatient clinics and community paediatric clinics.

About us

The Paediatric department at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury consists of the outpatient department, a general paediatric medical ward (Hedgehog ward) with 23 cot and bed spaces, a Level 2 neonatal unit with 18 cots( including three cots staffed and equipped to provide neonatal intensive care), and a assessment unit (Woodlands) with 18 beds. There is a fully functioning A& E department, with all associated facilities and specialities. The hospital has been selected as a major trauma centre.

Job description
Job responsibilities

This is a whole-time post in paediatrics employed by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

The working pattern is distributed over an 14 week cycle. During that period there is the equivalent of two weeks of night shifts (8.30pm to 9.30am) split into two spells, Monday to Thursday and Friday to Sunday. A normal day is between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm. In addition doctors will work some late shifts (until 9pm) both at Pembury Hospital and the assessment unit at Maidstone. We have 2-10 Paediatric A & E shifts.

The doctors provide prospective cover for annual and study leave for the other doctors on the junior doctor rota. Leave cannot be taken when the doctor would be working nights or weekends, so prospectivecover only extends to missed evening sessions, equivalent to less than 2 hours per week on average.

The postholder will be expected to work closely with the nursing staff and allied health professionals as part of multi-disciplinary team to provide effective care and will supervise the junior doctors. They will takea full part in departmental clinical governance and audit activity.

Person Specification
  • MB BS (or equivalent)
  • Shall have completed at least 4 years full time post grad training, at least 2 of which will be in a speciality training programme in a relevant speciality.
  • GMC Registration
  • Other degrees
  • Competent to work without direct supervision where appropriate
  • Sound notekeeping skills
  • Sound manual dexterity
  • Paediatric specific experience
  • Completed 3 year or equivalent of paediatrics
  • Level 3 nnu experience

Employer details
Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Tunbridge Wells


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