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Palliative Care
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Part time - 8 sessions per week (8 PA's per week)
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Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
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Great Ormond Street
£84,559 - £114,003 pro rata per annum
16/10/2022 23:59

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Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine (8 PAs)

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Job overview



 Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine (8 PAs)


Applications are invited for an 8 PA Substantive Consultant post in Paediatric Palliative Medicine (PPM) based at GOSH. The post holder will be an integral member of the Louis Dundas Centre for Paediatric Palliative Care in the Blood Cells and Cancer Directorate. 

The Louis Dundas Centre (LDC) at GOSH is one of the leading paediatric palliative care teams in Europe. The Centre aims to bring together academic research and clinical expertise to ensure that children, young people and families have access to specialised professionals delivering care of the highest standard.  The Centre is hosted by Great Ormond Street and the UCL Institute of Child Health, and led by the True Colours Chair in Palliative Care for Children and Young People.

The LDC provides palliative care services to the in-patient areas when caring for children with complex life-limiting or life-threatening illness and also for those receiving end of life care. Candidates are advised to read the full Job Description and Person Specification for further information.

This role will promote and support the delivery of all aspects of palliative and end-of-life care.

If interested in this post, please contact Dr Renée McCulloch or Julie Bayliss, Clinical  Lead, by telephone on 020 7405 9200 ext 8678 for more information.

Main duties of the job

The medical consultants rotate through an on call and attending weekly cycle (currently 1 in 4 to move to a 1 in 5 with this additional post) over 52 weeks of the year. Each consultant takes lead responsibility for palliative care patients within a defined geographical area, which will be agreed at the time of appointment to the post and is subject to change.  New referrals are allocated to each palliative care consultant according to geographical area. 

The appointee is expected to flexibly cover all patients on service as required providing consultant- level advice in addition to managing their own case load. Supporting the specialty interdisciplinary work of the Specialist Registrar(s), Clinical Fellows, advanced nurse practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists, who collaborate on patient care is an important element to this role.

The post holder must be available to review patients both at GOSH and in the community. This may be done either in person or virtually with the support of the clinical team members. Consultants will ensure that urgent referrals are triaged and seen within an appropriate time frame, that existing patients receive appropriate management at times of crises and that all patients receive regular follow-up when needed. Daily ’board’ rounds occur (Monday to Friday) alongside team hand over meetings led by the attending consultant. 

Working for our organisation

Our commitment to you

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role; through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women’s staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at GOSH by actively contributing to the Trust’s mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Candidates are strongly advised to  refer to the Job Description and Person Specification document, for a further detailed job description and main responsibilities for this role. 

Person specification

Our Always Values

Essential criteria
  • Always Welcoming
  • Always Helpful
  • Always Expert
  • Always One Team

Academic/Professional qualification/Training

Essential criteria
  • GMC specialist registration with a Licence to Practice (obtained by designated start date-(overseas candidates can be advised prior to application by GOSH)
  • MRCP, MRCPCH or equivalent post graduate qualification in Paediatrics
  • CCT/CCST in Paediatric Palliative Medicine (PPM) (or within 6 months at time of interview) or equivalent training and experience (eligible for CESR)
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree – PhD, MD or equivalent
  • Formal teaching qualification
  • Leadership or management qualification


Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience in Paediatric palliative care
  • Experience of teaching students and multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of leading in Clinical Audit processes
  • Awareness of the importance of Clinical Governance through experience of participating in quality or safety improvement projects.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion challenges in the workplace
  • Demonstrable contribution to advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Desirable criteria
  • Published research in peer reviewed journals in relevant area
  • Experience of recruiting patients to clinical research trials
  • Experience of working in shared care clinics and clinical networks
  • Experience of clinical leadership or management


Essential criteria
  • High level written and oral communication skills; advanced communication skills training
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload
  • Ability to work under pressure in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Presentation skills
  • Understanding and proven ability to apply research findings in a clinical/organisational context
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative within an ever-changing environment.
Desirable criteria
  • Leadership skills

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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

Julie Bayliss
Job title
Consultant Paediatric Palliative Medicine Nurse
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Telephone number
020 7405 9200
Additional information

HR Contact:   /   020 7405 9200 ext.1875

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