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Consultant Community / Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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Medical and Dental
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
  • Full time
  • Part time
25 sessions per week (Several posts being recruited to, upto 25 PAs available.)
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital
£88,364 - £119,133 Per annum / Pro rota
Salary period
30/09/2022 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

There is an exciting opportunity to join our team as in the Families and Integrated Community Care Division.

This up to 25 PA's, full time and part time posts 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. 

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.

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.

These are exciting opportunities for a motivated and committed 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.

Main duties of the job

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 therefore take part in the range of activities needed to serve a geographical catchment, allowing community-based building of strong inter-professional and organisational relationships. This will be very responsive to the imminent integrated care system. Our delivery of the Neuro-developmental pathway has been recognised by our partners and commissioners and this 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 and during working hours on a rota basis in the future, subject to appropriate job planning.


Working for our organisation

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of patients in their direct care. The Appointee 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. The goal would be that the caseload in these clinics would be based on the blackpool geography to allow the postholder to give continuity as their patients move out into school aged services

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. Time is offered for patient related communication, discussion, and administration, as well as time for discussion panels and MDT. This will involve evaluation of a case load of new and follow up patients within a multidisciplinary fashion.

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
  • Usually 3 years in Community Child Health (usually after 5 years of Higher Specialist Training in total) however 3 years experience is not absolutely essential and can be discussed.
  • 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

Adherence to the Values of the Trust

Essential criteria
  • People Centred Always patient and staff focused. Supports effective team work. Able to demonstrate integrity through honest and open behaviours Communicates widely and effectively.
  • Compassion Always shows empathy for patients and staff. Always seeks to understand how others are feeling.
  • Positive Always staying positive to reassure staff and patients. Always reflecting the impact of own attitude and behaviours upon the service and staff.
  • Excellence Always striving to do best for patients and staff. Always appreciating the efforts of others. Always taking responsibility for actions. Always seeking out opportunities for improvements.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Jayne Hopewell
Job title
Head of Department
Email address
Telephone number
01253 953108
Additional information

Candidates wishing to discuss further may also contact - 

Dr Nicola Cable, Clinical lead for Blenheim House Child Development Centre -


Professor Morris Gordon, Clinical lead for school age ND -