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Locum Consultant
Fixed term: 1 year (in the first instance)
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
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£88,364 - £119,133 on experience
Salary period
20/02/2023 23:59

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Locum Consultant Paediatrician -interest in Diabetes

Locum Consultant

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Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

The successful candidate will join a team of senior medical and nursing staff committed to providing a high quality service to children and their families in East Suffolk.

The common aim is to develop the paediatric department in all aspects of clinical service plus teaching and research.

The following is a summary of the likely scheduled activities of the post holder:

The appointee will be expected to provide a high quality service to the Trust with responsibility for the diagnosis, management and treatment of all patients referred to the specialty along with other Consultants.

The appointee would ideally have achieved SPIN competence in diabetes. However, a candidate with suitable general paediatric and neonatal experience with or without a well-developed sub-specialty interest in an alternative field aligned with the service needs of the Trust, would be considered.  Potential candidates are encouraged to discuss this with the Clinical Lead.


Main duties of the job

To participate in the Consultant of the week rota according to departmental requirements - usually on a 1 in 9 basis. There is usually one Consultant on call, covering general paediatrics in the morning and general paediatrics and neonates in the afternoon and an additional consultant on call for neonates in the morning. We have established a full Consultant of the week system on both sides for the morning ward rounds for improved continuity

To participate in weekend and night on call cover. Weekends are annualised, with winter weekends currently operating with two consultants, and summer weekends with one consultant. This currently equates to 1 in 7 weekends.  Weekday nights are a 1 in 10 rota (equates to around 1-3 per month).

To share outpatient responsibilities with a minimum of 3 General paediatric clinics a week, depending on acute commitments.

Further discussion re exact composition of the role can be clarified and discussed with the Clinical Lead prior to application and will be reviewed in line with the prior experience of the appointee.

Working for our organisation

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is a medium sized DGH, providing general paediatric and neonatal services in East Suffolk. The trust is merged with Colchester Hospital to form one joint Trust, the East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust, ESNEFT.

Ipswich Hospital Children’s Services is a fulfilling place to work, and in January 2020 was rated Outstanding by the CQC.  A multi-million pound redevelopment of the Children's Inpatient and Outpatient areas has started in 2022, making this an exciting time to join the team.

Applications are invited for the post of Locum consultant in paediatrics, for a period of 12 months

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Within the department, there is an acute Consultant of the week on a 1:9 rota with no scheduled clinical responsibility during the week. Some weeks provide General on call in the mornings and cover to General Paediatrics and the level 2 Neonatal unit in the afternoons. We continue to monitor our compliance with Facing the Future and NHS England Seven Day Services Clinical Standards.

This post will share weekday overnight Consultant on call duties, and weekend duties. 

1 week in 12 the post holder will be the neonatal consultant of the week, where morning activity is NNU ward round and afternoon activity is approximately two outpatient clinics through the week.

During the remaining weeks, time will be spent in paediatric outpatient clinics, carrying out clinics and elective work.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full registration with the GMC
  • CCT in paediatrics (entry on specialist register or entry expected within 6 months at time of interview
  • MBChB or equivalent
  • MRCPCH or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • APLS or EPLS
  • NLS

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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 Lauren Filby
Job title
Clinical Lead for Children’s Services
Email address
Telephone number
01473 712233
Additional information

Any candidates wishing to discuss the post should contact Dr Lauren Filby (Clinical Lead for Children’s Services) email:, or Caroline Exton, (Assistant General Manager for Children’s Services) email: Please apply through NHS Jobs Website and choose location Ipswich.

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