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Trauma and Orthopaedics
NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Trainee (ST6-8)
Fixed term: 12 months (
Full time - 40 hours per week (Split post with Chesterfield Hospital)
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Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
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Sheffield Children's Hospital
£40,257 - £58,398 per anum
Salary period
05/02/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Child and Adolescent Knee Fellowship

NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Trainee (ST6-8)

Job overview




Applications are invited for the following non-resident fellowship based at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital, commencing Wednesday October 3rd 2023 for 12 months.

This combined fellowship will allow the successful candidate to gain complete experience and the technical skills needed to practice successfully in the field of Paediatric Soft Tissue Knee pathology.

This will be the first ever Fellowship of its kind in the UK, and will be unrivalled in the ability to deliver high level training within this expanding field of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.


Main duties of the job

Experience will be gained in the full spectrum of paediatric and adolescent soft tissue knee pathology with the exception of malignant bone tumours. Specifically, training will be offered in the management and treatment of conditions affecting the growing knee which spans patients in the paediatric and adolescent age groups. An emphasis will be placed on arthroscopic surgery with the full range of advanced arthroscopic procedures. In addition, experience will be gained in complex pathology such as congenital ligament deficiency and severe patellofemoral disease. The Fellowship will be under the direction of Mr Nick Nicolaou, Mr Fazal Ali and Mr Paul Haslam.


Working for our organisation

The Department of Paediatric Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at SCH accommodates the full spectrum of paediatric orthopaedic conditions.  There is an interest in the management of hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, talipes, amyoplasia, the skeletal dysplasias, osteogenesis imperfecta, spinal deformity, myelomeningocele, cerebral palsy, paediatric soft tissue knee pathology and haemophiliac arthropathy.  There is a hip ultrasound scanning facility at SCH and a gait laboratory at the Ryegate Centre with consultant input at both site.  There is an acknowledged interest and experience in the application of flexible intramedullary nailing in both trauma and elective conditions.  The hospital enjoys a national and international reputation for the treatment of congenital and acquired reduction and malalignment deformities of the upper and lower limbs.  There is an active and busy paediatric spinal deformity unit.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

There will be training in the management of paediatric orthopaedic conditions in general with specific emphasis on knee trauma. Training in deformity planning and correction associated with knee pathology will be an essential component of learning, and the use of gait analysis to aid in decision making.

At Chesterfield Royal Hospital further experience will be gained in knee surgery on the adult patient with regards to all the soft tissue knee procedures and also some exposure to arthroplasty and osteotomies around the knee.

Research involvement will be an integral part of the duties of the appointed fellow with expectation to produce at least 1 peer reviewed article and an audit

Person specification

Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • Qualified medical practitioner
  • Registered with GMC
  • FRCS (Tr. & Orth.) or equivalent training experience
Desirable criteria
  • Distinction, prizes, awards, scholarships, other degrees, higher degrees
  • Presentations and publications


Essential criteria
  • Validated logbook/appraisal document indicating appropriate operative experience
  • Completed Basic Surgical Training in posts approved by the surgical Royal College or approved overseas equivalent
  • -Have obtained, or nearly obtained, their CCT
  • Competence in pre-operative and post-operative management
  • Demonstrated commitment to Paediatric Orthopaedics
Desirable criteria
  • Computer skills
  • Evidence of participation or enthusiasm for audit
  • Understands the principles of audit
  • Previous arthroscopic knee experience
  • Fellowship training in either Paediatric Orthopaedics or adult soft tissue knee

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Organisational ability
  • Potential to cope with stressful situations and undertake responsibility
  • Understand and communicate intelligibly with patients
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Behave in a manner which establishes professional relationships with patients
Desirable criteria
  • Initiative
  • A critical enquiring approach to the acquisition of knowledge

Personal Attribute

Essential criteria
  • Caring attitudes
  • Honesty
  • Reliability
  • Manual dexterity as confirmed by referees
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to work as a team


Essential criteria
  • Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

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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 Nicolas Nicolaou
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Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
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