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Congenital Cardiac Surgery
NHS Medical & Dental: Local Appointment nodal point 4-5 (MT04-5/ ST3-8) or equivalent
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 40 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,017 - £58,398 PA
Salary period
02/04/2023 18:00

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Locum Senior Clinical Fellow Congenital Cardiac Surgery

NHS Medical & Dental: Local Appointment nodal point 4-5 (MT04-5/ ST3-8) or equivalent

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the UK’s busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts. We provide a full range of hospital and community services for people in south London and as well as specialist care for patients from further afield including cancer, renal, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiovascular services.

Guy’s is home to the largest dental school in Europe and a £160 million Cancer Centre opened in 2016. As part of our commitment to provide care closer to home, in 2017 we also opened a cancer centre and a kidney treatment centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. St Thomas’ has one of the largest critical care units in the UK and one of the busiest emergency departments in London. It is also home to Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Evelina London cares for local children in Lambeth and Southwark and provides specialist services across south east England including cardiac, renal and critical care services. We lead a number of specialist service networks aiming to ensure children are treated locally where possible, but have access to specialist expertise when they need it. Our community services include health visiting, school nursing and support for families of children with long-term conditions. 

Our adult community services teams deliver care at the heart of the local communities we serve, working in partnership with GPs, local authorities and other healthcare and voluntary sector organisations. Working with our partners in Lambeth and Southwark, we are focusing on new ways of working to improve care for local patients.

In February 2021 the Royal Brompton and Harefield joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together world-leading expertise in the care and research of heart and lung disease. Our merger provides a once in a generation opportunity to build a lasting, world-renowned heart and lung centre, providing the highest quality care for patients and conducting world-leading research.

We have a reputation for clinical excellence and high quality teaching and research. We are part of King’s Health Partners, one of eight accredited UK academic health sciences centres. In partnership with King’s College London we have dedicated clinical research facilities and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on ensuring the best possible patient experience as well as safe, high quality care. We are proud to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the NHS. Following a comprehensive Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in 2019 we maintained our overall rating of ‘good’. Our adult community services achieved a rating of ‘outstanding’.

The commitment of our 23,500 staff is key to our success. We are one of the largest local employers and we aim to develop and support all our staff so they are able to deliver high quality, safe and efficient care. The 2019 NHS staff survey results show that we have one of the most engaged and motivated workforces in the NHS. We know this has a positive impact on the care provided to our patients.

We have one of the most ambitious capital investment programmes anywhere in the NHS.

Job overview

The post is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career in paediatric cardiac surgery. This post would suit a junior trainee who wishes to gain exposure to congenital cardiac surgery to guide future training, or a more senior trainee considering sub-specialisation in congenital cardiac surgery.



Successful applicants will be expected to provide clinical services for paediatric cardiac surgery patients in support and under the guidance of the consultant surgeons. The role will encompass all aspects of patient care including reviewing fetal cases, peri-operative care, paediatric intensive care, ward, theatre and on-call duties.

Main duties of the job

Other duties and training opportunities will include:

-           Participation in intensive care ward rounds

-           Participation in cardiac surgical out patient clinics including post operative wound review

-           Contribution to organisation of the paediatric cardiac surgical lists and case presentation at multidisciplinary meetings.

-           Development of skills in echocardiography, particular focussed on simulation, interpretation of echo images and acquisition of intra-operative epicardial images


Duties may also include training and mentoring of less experienced colleagues and other staff, participation in clinical audit and in clinical research projects.


To participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training


The post-holder will, together with colleagues, be responsible for the provision of Cardiac Surgery services to the Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to include:


(a)        Diagnosis and treatment of patients of the trust in such hospitals, health centres or clinics or other premises as required.


(b)        Continuing clinical responsibility for the patients in your charge, allowing for all proper delegation to, and training of, your staff.


Working for our organisation

The Department of Congenital Heart Disease, sits within the directorate of Children’s Cardio-Respiratory & Intensive Care, encompassing the services based on both the Evelina London and Royal Brompton sites. There are 20 consultant cardiologists covering a range of sub-specialist areas including fetal cardiology, cardiac imaging and interventional cardiology. There are three cardiac surgeons performing the full range of congenital heart surgery.

The department has the benefit of being co-located on the St Thomas’s site with fetal, neonatal and adult facilities, allowing for access to a full range of services across all age groups. There is a close working relationship with Division of Imaging Sciences at Kings College London and the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health within the School of Life Science and Medicine at Kings College London, with some academic consultants having joint NHS and University appointments and supervising research fellows and their projects.

The Evelina London Children’s Hospital is the Level 1 Cardiac Surgical Centre at the heart of a comprehensive Congenital Heart Disease Network and provides cardiac services for children from birth to the age of 16, working closely with network partners across most of South London, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and other areas such as West Suffolk and Essex, in addition to patients from Northern Ireland and other cardiac centres.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


The post-holder will take responsibility for the training and direction of junior staff allocated to him/her under aegis of the training plan that the post-holder has agreed with their supervising consultant.


Clinical Research:

There is no fixed research activity within the post, however there are a number of exciting opportunities in existing research projects within the Evelina. Participation in clinical audit is encouraged and supported by the Evelina clinical governance department.


Teaching Responsibilities:

The post holder will be expected to participate in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, contribute to the training and support of doctors in training, including the role of mentoring of junior staff in the speciality and teaching of medical students.


Clinical Governance:

All medical and dental staff are expected to take part in clinical governance activity, including clinical audit, clinical guideline and protocol development and clinical risk management.  They will be expected to produce evidence of their contribution in these areas and their audit of their own clinical work as part of their appraisal. 

Person specification

Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration
  • MRCS or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree

Clinical Experience

Essential criteria
  • Equivalent to two years full time clinical experience in cardiothoracic surgery including pre and post- operative care
  • At least 4 complete postgraduate years, or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrate independent operating within adult cardiac surgery
  • 6 Months experience in Congenital Cardiology
  • At least 7 complete postgraduate years, or equivalent for nodal point 5

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Good communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Training in health services management

Research and Audit

Essential criteria
  • Demonstration of an understanding of the principles of audit and its application to clinical practice
Desirable criteria
  • Research or other publications in peer review journals


Essential criteria
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to use information technology
  • An awareness of and positive attitude to equal opportunities issues within healthcare and education

Good Medical Practice:

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of understanding of and adherence to the principles of Good Medical Practice set out by the General Medical Council

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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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Mr Caner Salih
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Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon
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