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Locum Consultant Community Paediatrician With Resident Duties.

NHS Medical & Dental: Locum Consultant

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NHS Medical & Dental: Locum Consultant
Locum: 6 months (10 PA's)
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
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

There is an exciting opportunity to join our team as a consultant with resident duties.

This up to 10 PA locum post offers a mix of acute paediatric work, as well as working as a resident consultant once a week and contributing to an 9 weekly consultant of the week rota, with compensatory off time in the week. Therefore, this may be particularly appropriate for those early in their consultant career who wish to maintain acute skills in a supportive environment.

Whilst this is a locum post, a substantive post will be advertised in due course that the postholder could apply for.

The team has launched a successful neurodevelopmental pathway over the last 4 years and the post holder will be supported in contributing to this team, with scope for those with varying levels of experience and expertise to contribute accordingly and possibly be supported in developing their skill set.

Our Paediatric team provides integrated paediatric care both in hospital and at various locations outside hospital, aiming to provide care closer to patient’s geographical locations. We have a regular weekly postgraduate teaching programme including peer review safeguarding meetings. We have recently launched a neuro-developmental pathway to aid in both the diagnosis and management of complex children.

These are exciting opportunities for a motivated and committed individual. 

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be appointed as locum Consultant Community Paediatrician with resident duties, (up to 10PA) joining our team of 15 WTE consultants delivering integrated Paediatric care to Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Note within the Consultant body there are 3 Community-Only Consultant Paediatricians and 6 Consultant Paediatricians that deliver both Acute and Community Paediatric care. The post advertised is a replacement of an existing post, as the existing post holder takes on a greater community workload.

The Appointee will be responsible for delivery of community based paediatric care predominately within the Blackpool area, working closely with colleagues who cover the Fylde and Wyre areas, ensuring all children and schools have a designated link Paediatrician.

Additionally, the applicant will contribute to a resident duty Monday to Thursday on a 1 in 5 rota (with prospective cover) running from 2pm to 9pm, supported on site by two first on doctors, an FY doctor and a non-resident colleague off site. They will also contribute to a consultant of the week system 8.30am-4.30pm on a  1 in 9 rota when clinics are cancelled and they offer on call at the weekend, as well as a second consultant of the week system 9am  - 1pm the following week.

To compensate for this acute work the post holder will have the equivalent  of 1.5 days off within each working week. (when not consultant of the week)

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.

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Since the launch of the update NICE guidance for the diagnosis of ASD, our service has designed and rolled out a Neuro-developmental pathway and the post holder will work with colleagues across the coast to deliver this service. This includes initial triage screening and further in depth assessments of developmental and social, emotional and behavioural issues including assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. As part of this pathway, the coast has 10 ADOS-2 trained staff from a multi-professional background, including Paediatrics, Speech and Language, Educational Psychology and Specialist Teaching. This allows delivery of a two person ADOS evaluation service for select cases and this would be a desirable skill in the post holder on application, but training could be arranged for the successful candidate.

Within the Blackpool area, the post holder will also contribute to SEND work for their case load, as well as caring for children with long term and pre-existing complex medical conditions. However, complex care of epilepsy and seizure disorders is managed primarily by our specialist medical and nursing team, who will work with the post holder to support children with such needs.

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.

The successful candidate would be expected to play a role in safe guarding initially through their consultant of the week work and possibly with further developments in the future as part of a formalised rota.

For more please find the attached Job Description

Person specification

Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • Full registration with the GMC
  • 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 enquires relating to this advertised post please contact Raymond Gill on 01253 956940 or via email at raymond.gill1@nhs.net who will gladly forward on all informal or informal enquires to the clinical team.