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Paediatric Intensive Care
Locum Consultant
Fixed term: 12 months (ASAP)
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Paediatric Intensive Care
Newcastle upon Tyne
£99,532 - £131,964 per annum pro rata
Salary period
01/08/2024 23:59

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Locum Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care/Critical Care Transport

Locum Consultant

Job overview

We are delighted to offer an opportunity for an enthusiastic and well-motivated individual to join our team as a Locum Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at the Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH), based at the Royal Victoria infirmary site in Newcastle upon Tyne. The successful applicant will join a team of clinicians who work in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit based at the Great North Children’s Hospital and/or the North East and Cumbria Transport And Retrieval service (NECTAR).

GNCH Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the lead centre for paediatric critical care for the Northern Region. We admit children referred for intensive care from an area extending from the West Coast of Cumbria, north through Northumberland to the Scottish Borders, and extending southwards to North Yorkshire. There are approximately 3500 intensive care bed days per year. Day to day care of children in the PICU is managed and led by the team of PICU consultants in consultation with subspecialties as appropriate. Paediatric cardiothoracic services are currently based at the Freeman Hospital with a separate PICU and ECMO beds based there with a separate clinical team. Co-location on the RVI site will be made a priority, enabling best possible care for children.

Please read attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Main duties of the job

This purpose of this joint consultant post is twofold. 

Working in a team of paediatric intensivists, the successful candidate will play an important role in the day-to-day running and wider development of a state-of-the-art PICU that operates as the paediatric critical care hub for the North East and North Cumbria region.  The Great North Children’s Hospital also hosts a wide range of tertiary sub-specialities and a supra-regional immunodeficiency bone marrow transplant service that are all regular users of the PICU. Clinical duties will include consultant of the week and on call responsibilities.

In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to the day to the day running of the North East and Cumbria Transport and Retrieval paediatric service.  The role will include both in hours and out of hours support for acute patient transport. This involves telephone triage and clinical support for referral for transport, liaison between the referring hospital and the acute services at GNCH as well as going out on retrieval.

There is the opportunity for the successful candidate to negotiate the time commitment to either of the services.

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and organisation, please contact: 
Dr Rachel Agbeko on 0191 282 5333 or [email protected], or Dr Raja Abouelella on 01912829420 or [email protected].

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion. We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve,and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

•    Contribute to the day to day running of the GNCH Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the North East and Cumbria Transport and Retrieval
•    Contribute to GNCH PICU and NECTAR on-call rota
o    Responsibility for the paediatric intensive care unit including managing referrals and new admissions
o    Deliver and supervise transfer of critically ill children
o    Provide remote advice in the management of acutely ill children in their local hospital
o    Provide decision support for patient transfers within the region facilitated by NECTAR

•    To undertake general administrative duties within the wider context of Clinical Board Directorate and Trust aims and objectives.
•    Excellent documentation of GNCH PICU activities.
•    Excellent documentation of transport activities including discussions with clinicians for shared decision making.
•    Timely review of NECTAR transfers and feedback on governance issues.
•    Oversight of timely production of discharge summaries for patients on PICU.
•    Maintain Continued Medical Education (CME) in accordance with guidelines stipulated by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) or relevant College..
•    Participate in all aspects of Clinical Governance, making a significant contribution to multidisciplinary quality and safety activities in the care of children and their families.  The aims of this process will include:
o    ensuring compliance with national guidelines relating to the care of children;
o    creating an environment of continuously seeking to improve the quality of that care
•    Undertake an annual appraisal and job plan review.  It is expected that objectives within job plan reviews will be based on individual requirements and interests as well as service requirements and Trust objectives such as fulfilment of fixed contractual commitments on the basis of a 43 week working year with due allowance for statutory holidays.

•    Participation in the GNCH PICU & NECTAR research programme

Enabling learning:
•    Contribution to and further development of the NECTAR regional education programme 
•    Contribution to GNCH PICU team teaching programme, including training for GRID trainees, NECTAR fellows and APCCPs
•    Participate in enabling learning of any other health care professionals within the department and Clinical Board
•    Participate in enabling learning of undergraduate medical students from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne during their attachments in Child Health.  There will be opportunity for the appointee to be awarded Associate Clinical Lecturer status, at Newcastle University, for significant contributions. 
•    The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to enabling learning of all levels of paediatric postgraduate Trainees. Active involvement is expected in the clinical supervision of all postgraduate trainees in the department. 

Person specification

Education, Qualifications and Specialist Skills

Essential criteria
  • Primary Medical Qualification
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Entry onto the GMC Specialist Register (within 6 months from the date of the AAC)
  • MRCPCH or FRCA or equivalent
  • Evidence of training in Paediatric Intensive Care and Paediatric Critical Care Transport
Desirable criteria
  • Higher Degree
  • Special skills training in the specialty
  • Leadership and management experience
  • International experience

Clinical Experience

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of experience in the specialty
  • Evidence of a substantial commitment to the specialty
  • Ability to offer an expert clinical opinion within the speciality
  • Ability to take independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients referred to a tertiary centre

Management and Administration Experience

Essential criteria
  • Involvement with management and project leadership within the specialty
  • Evidence of involvement in authoring or reviewing clinical guidelines
  • An understanding of Clinical Governance
Desirable criteria
  • Proven management and administrative experience and understanding of management goals
  • Evidence of leadership / project management
  • Evidence of having implemented change
  • Experience in developing and implementing new technologies


Essential criteria
  • Experience of supervising junior medical staff
  • Experience of participation in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching
  • Ability to teach clinical / technical / practical skills
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at courses to develop teaching skills
  • Postgraduate qualification in medical education


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of involvement in and understanding of research methodology and publication of findings
  • Research/critical review of literature
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree
  • Publications in the last five years


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of participation in audit
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of having changed practice as a result of audit
  • Evidence of having revisited the audit to assess improvement

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Alignment with the Trust’s values
  • Flexible approach to service delivery and committed approach to development
  • Committed to share in professional, managerial and teaching responsibilities necessary to fulfil the obligations of the Directorate to the Trust and its workforce
  • A commitment to personal / unit CPD
  • Ability and willingness to work the on-call rota
  • Ability and willingness to work a more flexible pattern of working in the future if required, including evening and weekend work

Employer certification / accreditation badges

We are a Living Wage EmployerVeteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleAge positiveInvestors in People: GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerStonewall Gold 2022Better Health at Work Award - Maintaining ExcellenceDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - Gold

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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Rachel Richardson
Job title
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