Locum Consultant in Community Paediatrics

  • NHS
  • Full Time
  • Truro
NHS

Job Description

Fixed term contract: 12 months

Applications are invited for the post of Locum Consultant in Community Paediatrics, working with the Community Child Health Team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. This is a maternity cover post. We are looking to attract the right person who has enthusiasm for the role of a paediatrician working with complex children within a wider changing service.

The Community Child Health Team is part of the Women and Children’s Care Group.

The Women and Children’s services at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are currently developing clinical pathways that will be delivered in new, modern facilities within the Women and Children's new build (due for completion in 2024). Therefore, providing a basis for implementing our clinical strategy.

This will further integrate the general and community paediatric services to best support the children in Cornwall. There are exciting and unique developments occurring in Cornwall including a developing paediatric eating disorders service and also a working vision developing our transition service up to the age of 25 years, which is a foundation to the development of the New Build.

There has been substantial investment into the service already with a new (May 2017) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. RCHT also offers comprehensive General Paediatrics, treating approximately 1000 elective and 6000 emergency admissions per year and a range of sub-specialist clinics are offered in conjunction with the visiting tertiary specialists from Bristol Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Unit has 29 inpatient beds including three HDU beds and an admissions unit plus an eight bedded surgical daycase unit. There is a well-established adolescent ward. We have relocated our surgical day-case unit into the main Children’s ward area and redesigned and enlarged the admissions unit with short stay observation area.

The post-holder will be part of the Community Child Health Team taking responsibility for complex children with neurodevelopmental delay within Cornwall. This includes commitment the Safeguarding rota, and offering vulnerable children’s clinics on a rotational basis. Community Paediatrics operates a day time child protection rota. There is no commitment to the acute on-call rota.

An enthusiastic commitment to partnership working with Cornwall’s Primary Care Trust and the Local Authority is expected and the ability to respond to the changing demands of Community Child Health services will be expected.

The department is actively involved in the delivery of the education programme of the University of Exeter Medical School [UEMS] and we offer six month posts for core paediatric trainees for which our feedback is always extremely encouraging. We are also one of the few departments who have been accepted to support Grid Community Child Health trainees.

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

Cornwall is a beautiful county which offers an outstanding quality of life and providing many opportunities for outdoor activities, with its sailing waters, surfing beaches and rugged coastal pathways for walking, and cycling. There is a thriving arts and theatre scene as well as an interesting variety of eating places, including celebrity-owned restaurants within Cornwall. The major route both in and out of the county is the A30 which connects with the M5 motorway at Exeter. There is an excellent rail service with daily passenger and sleeper services, and an airport at Newquay with daily connections to many cities throughout the UK and abroad.

Discussion about this role is encouraged and informal enquiries regarding this post should be addressed to Dr Gina Clarke, Consultant Community Paediatrician, on 01872 254516 or by email at [email protected]

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