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Consultant Community Paediatrician


Main area
Part time - 8 sessions per week (8 PA)
Job ref
Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
£88,364 - £119,133 Pro Rota.
Salary period
22/12/2022 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

Here is an exciting opportunity to join our team as a community consultant in an integrated families division.

This up to 8 PA newly created post is to support the recently developed neurodevelopmental pathway as the team continues to ensure the delivery of high-quality regional level key performance indicators for families on the pathway.

There is the chance to develop an interest area to complement the community team. Additionally, the team is able to help the post holder develop specific skills as needed such as ADOS-2 assessments. Applicants with varying experience can be accommodated and support offered to develop within the role, based on the candidate experience and so we would invite informal pre-application enquires as necessary.

Our paediatric team has got a strong reputation of providing both undergraduate and postgraduate training. Our team hosts both MRCPCH and DCH examinations on yearly basis and you will be encouraged to develop as an examiner for Royal Colleges.

There is a dedicated leadership training programme in the trust for development of new consultant with strong ethos around coaching and mentoring.

These are exciting opportunities for a motivated individual. Candidates must be fully registered with the GMC and be on the Specialist Register or be eligible for inclusion on the register within six months of the interview date for the post. Evidence of this status must be included in your application.

Job Description pending Royal College approval

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be appointed as Consultant Community Paediatrician, joining our team of 15 WTE consultants delivering integrated paediatric care to Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Within the Consultant body there are already 4 Community-Only Consultant Paediatricians and 3 Consultant Paediatricians that deliver both Acute and Community Paediatric care, in addition to 9 acute only consultants.

The post advertised is a newly created role that backfills existing Community Consultant activity as the team has been re-organised to meet the requirements of the Neuro-developmental (ND) pathway. The postholder will take part in the range of activities needed to serve a geographical catchment, allowing community-based building of strong inter-professional and organisational relationships. Our delivery of the Neuro-developmental pathway has been recognised by our partners and commissioners and led to the creation of this role to continue the high quality multi-agency child focussed assessment and support work that it delivers.

There is no on call component in this role, although there may be some responsibility for acute safeguarding assessments along with the wider team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of patients in their direct care. They will be predominately responsible for community based paediatric care within the Blackpool area. There will be 2 clinics within the Child Development Centre (Bleinheim house) with associated administration. 

Working for our organisation

The Trust's mission is "Together We Care" which encompasses the strategic vision for operating as a high performing organisation within an Integrated Care System (ICS), which provides quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way through our values-driven, skilled and motivated workforce:

People-centred - Serving people is the focus of everything we do;

Positive - having a "can do" response whatever the situation;

Compassion - always demonstrating we care;

Excellence - continually striving to provide the best care possible.

Our Values are drivers for the behaviours that all our staff strive to demonstrate.

The values and behaviours have been and continue to be embedded and communicated across the organisation via a number of initiatives - including our recruitment processes, corporate induction, team briefings, meetings, appraisals and our annual awards ceremony.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will cover a catchment of schools within the Blackpool area, joining colleagues with catchments in Fylde and Wyre. They will see children in school age community clinics, as well accepting neurodevelopmental pathway referrals from these areas with administrative and clinical support from the neurodevelopmental team. Time is provided in the job plan for pathway panel meetings and panel feedback. The post holder will also attend the child developmental centre twice a week, contributing to the pre-school age service and therefore offering a varied clinical caseload as part of this exciting new opportunity.

The postholder will also work in the Blackpool school-aged setting as the link doctor covering a catchment of schools. Referrals for children within this catchment will be accepted, as well as specific referrals on the Neuro-developmental pathway from these same schools with support of the central ND admin and clinical team. 

For view of the full job description, please refer to the documents attached to this vacancy advert

Person specification

Legal Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Full registration with the GMC

Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • MB ChB or equivalent
  • MRCPCH or equivalent
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register or eligible for inclusion within 6 months of interview date
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree (MD/PhD)


Essential criteria
  • Has achieved the competencies relating to General Paediatric Training, usually after 2 years of General Professional Training in Paediatrics
  • Is able to demonstrate having achieved the competencies equivalent to Higher Specialist Paediatric Training including usually 3 years in Community Child Health (usually after 5 years of Higher Specialist Training in total)
  • Experience of team working
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in other areas relevant to Community Child Health e.g. paediatric neurodisability including assessment and management of children with social communication disorders, child mental health, public health
  • Evidence of standardised training in child development and neurodisbility tools e.g. ADOS, Griffiths
  • Experience of working with looked-after, and children being considered for adoption
  • Experience of working as a medical advisor for adoption panels
  • Experience of working at strategic level

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills – both oral and written.
  • Effective teaching skills Ability to organise and prioritise workload and to delegate responsibility and supervise staff.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire a multi-disciplinary team and work sensitively within teams and across organisations
  • Involvement and evidence of implementation of service development and managing change in a healthcare setting
  • Leadership skills- ability to take responsibility, show leadership and make decisions
Desirable criteria
  • Computer and IT skills
  • Educational qualification or working towards.

Management skills

Essential criteria
  • Awareness of NHS organisation and core values of NHS
  • Understanding of the management responsibilities of NHS consultants
  • Participation in a management training course

Knowledge / Research

Essential criteria
  • Commitment to CPD and requirements of clinical governance and audit
Desirable criteria
  • A proven track record in self- directed research
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Raymond Gill
Job title
Administration Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01253 956940
Additional information

For all formal and informal enquires please contract Raymond Gill, Administration Manager on 01253 956940 or via email at raymond.gill1@nhs.net.