Consultant in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Gastroenterology

University Hospital of North Midlands


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Job overview

Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology with General Paediatrics

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Consultant Paediatrician, based at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital, within one of the fastest growing teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are looking for a Substantive Consultant to join our current Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Team. We currently have 2 Paediatric Gastroenterologists and a locum consultant (whose post will be replaced with this substantive post) and 3 specialist nurses. We welcome applications for part-time working or a job-share. The team is supported by advanced paediatric dieticians, specialist nurses and has administrative and clerical support. This post is based at Staffordshire Childrens Hospital at Royal Stoke which is part of the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust.

Main duties of the job

The role involves managing children and young people with complex patients with inflammatory bowel disease, complex nutritional needs (enterally fed with NGTs, gastrostomies and gastro-jejunostomies; but not home parental nutrition), we share care with Birmingham Childrens Hospital for children with serious liver disorders (eg. liver transplant, biliary atresia, autoimmune hepatitis). The team place PEGs.

The post holder will also be required to deliver acute paediatric services both inpatient and outpatient level working in collaboration with consultants and multidisciplinary teams. The Paediatric department at UHNM primarily delivers acute paediatric care to the local children of Staffordshire and beyond. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in consultant of the week covering the wards and childrens assessment unit. The post holder will also be participating in 1:12 general paediatric on call rota, including resident on-call up to 10pm.

About us

University Hospitals of North Midlands has two sites: Royal Stoke University Hospital, located in Stoke-on-Trent, and County Hospital, located in Stafford. The Staffordshire Childrens Hospital is based at the Royal Stoke site, all inpatient services for children are there. Outpatient clinics run at both sites. The Trust provides specialised services for three million people in a wider area, including neighbouring counties and North Wales, including PICU, Level 3 NICU, paediatric gastroenterology, specialist paediatric orthopaedic surgery, paediatric spinal surgery and paediatric respiratory medicine. The Trust offers specialist cardiology, neurosurgery, renal, trauma and spinal services for adults. The Trust offers a high level of diagnostic services including modern MRI scanners, a purpose built endoscopy suite for adults and children and specialist laboratory services. The Trust has some of the most modern operating theatres in Europe.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In-patient Responsibilities

The post-holder will review children and young people with a range of gastro-intestinal and nutritional problems, including supporting the PICU and NICU teams with patients with challenging nutritional problems. We work closely with surgeons from Alder Hey Childrens Hospital and surgeons based at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The post holder will work with the nutrition team to support the safe prescribing of inpatient parenteral nutrition.

The successful candidate will be part consultant of the week general paediatric Rota providing 1:8 daytime to cover the inpatient ward with another consultant covering Children's assessment Unit. You will be responsible for day to day care of inpatient children. You will also be supported by all sub specialties mentioned above. You will be supported by patient flow coordinator to coordinate admissions and discharges. You will be well supported by medical staff in training.

Childrens Assessment Unit

Situated close to the Emergency centre as well as inpatient children wards, Children's Assessment Unit has all the skills and resources to assess and diagnose the usual range of medical and surgical conditions. The assessment unit is fully staffed with highly trained nursing staff who can perform blood sampling and IV cannulation etc.

The children can be referred by their GP, who can call the unit. The GP call is triaged by the consultant whenever possible and by the SpRs when the consultant is not on site.Some patients have long standing health issues which are managed by an open access plan. This means if they develop a problem relating to their condition they will attend the Childrens Unit at any time. You will also be a participating in the Rota to cover the Children's Rapid Assessment Clinic

Clinical Duties As a consultant of the week, you would be expected to lead the daily hand over followed by the ward rounds. You will be responsible for the care of all inpatients including those were admitted under sub speciality. You will be expected to review all the admissions within 24 hours of admitting as per RCPCH guidance. You will be responsible to make sure all of the necessary investigations are undertaken and necessary treatment is provided. You will be responsible to liaise with subspecialty consultants both within the department as well as the tertiary centres to facilitate necessary management plans. You will be expected to attend the multidisciplinary team meetings arising from the patients admitted under your care.At the childrens assessment unit you're expected to lead the team of doctors and nursing team to facilitate necessary clinical assessment and management undertaken. You will be expected to triage the GP referrals to improve the quality of referrals. This also includes advice provided to the GP's to manage children in the community as much as possible.County HospitalThis post involves regular clinics at County Hospital to provide outpatient care and basic investigations (eg blood tests, ultrasound and X-rays) for children living in the South of the catchment area. County Hospital has a designated Paediatric Clinic area with its own child friendly waiting area. County Hospital has no inpatient beds for children, and the Accident and Emergency Department only sees children in the childrens minor injuries area. Children requiring care provided in an Emergency Department are seen at the Royal Stoke University Hospital or other nearby hospitals.

Person Specification

Research Experience


  • oProven research ability including publications in refereed journals

Teaching Experience


  • Experience of supervising junior medical staff Ability to teach clinical skills
  • Commitment to continuing medical education


  • oExperience of teaching basic clinical skills to undergraduates
  • oTraining the trainers course
  • oHigher medical education qualification

Management and Administrative Experience


  • Ability to manage and lead a paediatric team Experience and understanding of clinical audit


  • oManagement courses
  • oExperience in medical management

Clinical Experience


  • Clinical training and experience in general paediatrics equivalent to that required for UK CCST in paediatrics
  • Experience and understanding of clinical audit
  • Level 3 Child Protection


  • oAn interest within paediatric gastroenterology to complement the existing team.
  • oExperience in managing eating disorders with an MDT
  • oAn interest in nutrition

Qualification and Skills


  • MRCPCH / FRCA or equivalent
  • Fully registered with GMC
  • On Specialist Register, or within six months of obtaining CCT
  • APLS or PALS provider
  • Experience in Paediatric Gastroenterology


  • o Further Higher Degree, e.g. MD, PhD
  • oSPIN accreditation in Paediatric Gastroenterology or equivalent
  • oCCT in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • oJAG Accreditation for upper GI endoscopy

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital of North Midlands



Newcastle Road

Stoke on Trent


Employer's website

Date posted

08 March 2021

Pay scheme

Hospital, medical and dental




£82,096 to £110,683 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations


Newcastle Road

Stoke on Trent


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