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Specialist Paediatrician in Community Child Health

NHS Medical & Dental: Specialist Grade

Main area
Community Paediatrics
NHS Medical & Dental: Specialist Grade
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Ashton Health Centre and Broakoaks
Preston and Leyland
£79,894 - £90,677 per annum
Salary period
15/11/2021 23:59

Job overview

Specialist Paediatrician in Community Child Health

Are you an experienced Paediatrician in Community Paediatrics who has is able to undertake assessments, investigations and clinical management of patients with a range of neurodevelopmental problems and would like to explore new opportunities?

Why not come and talk to us.

Our team of Community Paediatricians has expanded to seven consultants working in community paediatrics and two working in paediatric audiology supported by non-consultant staff and a level 3 trainee. Our trust has established a new Division for Women and Children in 2019 strengthening support for children’s services. As part of the transformation a new department for Community Child Health was created strengthening the links with stakeholders within the trust and commissioners. Our consultants are actively involved in shaping the future of Community Paediatrics and have taken on lead roles with the NHS Integrated Care System for Lancashire and South Cumbria leading on the development of a regional Neurodevelopmental Pathway and contributing to other initiatives. We work closely with our general paediatric and neonatal colleagues as well as two tertiary paediatric neurology colleagues within our trust who also run joint clinics with us. All safeguarding assessments of children referred by social services are carried out by colleagues from the general paediatric department.


Main duties of the job

We are looking for a full-time (10 PAs) Specialist Paediatrician in Community Child Health to work alongside our consultants and would have their own case load. Our new colleague would be joining us with assessments of children with neurodevelopmental problems including autism and ADHD, assessments of children with complex needs within a special school, and providing advice to education regarding children with special educational needs. They would also be encouraged to take on a lead role within the department depending on their interests and the need of the department.

There is no on-call commitment with this post.

While this post is set out for 10 PAs applicants who would like to work less than full time, e.g. 9 PAs, are also encouraged to apply, as the Job Plan could be adjusted accordingly.

Working for our organisation

Our trust and department is active in clinical research and medical undergraduate and postgraduate training with approval for CCH grid training. Opportunities exist for research and development within the Trust and there are active and developing links with the Universities of Manchester and Central Lancashire.

Lancashire is an attractive area to live and has many facilities available locally.  The cities of Manchester and Liverpool are within easy reach.  Recreational facilities are many and varied, with the Lake District, Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and Fylde Coast nearby.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder is expected to:


  • Ensure high professional standards of clinical care of patients.


  • Assist in the smooth running of the Child Health Directorate, and work with colleagues in the provision of an effective Community Neurodevelopmental Paediatric service.


  • Demonstrate commitment to the care of patients and to ensure with colleagues that appropriate arrangements are made for cover of leave and off duty periods.


  • Take part in the management of the service and to attend meetings of the Community Neurodevelopmental Department and other committees they may be appointed to.


  • Participate in the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s CPD programme and the trust’s appraisal process.


The post holder is also encouraged to take on a lead role within the department depending on their interest and complementing the lead roles delivered by the consultant colleagues and to contribute to training of medical students and junior doctors.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration and Licence to Practice
  • MBBS or equivalent
  • MRCP, MRCPCH by examination or equivalent
  • Capable to work at Specialist level in Community Child Health
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree e.g. MSc, MD or other higher degree
  • DCH, DCCH, MBA or other relevant diplomas

Experience and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Has completed at least 12 years of medical work as a doctor since obtaining a primary medical qualification of which at least 6 years in Community Paediatrics or equivalent
  • Ability to independently undertake specialist medical assessments, investigations and clinical management of patients with Neurodevelopmental / Neurodisability related problems
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in other areas relevant to Community Child Health e.g. General Practice, Child Mental Health, Public Health, Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Neurodisability
  • Specialist experience in one or more particular areas of Community Child Health practice to take on a lead role

Professional Values and Behaviours, Skills and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Practises with the professional values and behaviours expected of all doctors as set out in GMC Good Medical Practice and the Generic Professional Capabilities Framework
  • Adheres to professional requirements, participating in annual appraisal, job planning and reviews of performance and progression

Leadership and Team Working

Essential criteria
  • Awareness of their leadership responsibilities as a clinician and demonstrates appropriate leadership behaviour; managing situations that are unfamiliar, complex or unpredictable and seeking to build collaboration with, and confidence in others
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of leadership courses
  • Evidence of effective leadership


Essential criteria
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Good organisation skills
  • Works well within a multidisciplinary environment
  • Willing to work unsupervised and make decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrated ability to work unsupervised and make decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively e.g. report writing; thesis

Patient Safety & Quality Improvement

Essential criteria
  • Takes prompt action where there is an issue with the safety or quality of patient care, raises and escalates concerns, through clinical governance systems, where necessary
  • Collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to manage risk and issues across organisations and settings, with respect for and recognition of the roles of other health professionals

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups

Essential criteria
  • Recognises and takes responsibility for safeguarding children, young people and adults, using appropriate systems for identifying, sharing information, recording and raising concerns, obtaining advice and taking action

Education & Training

Essential criteria
  • Critically assesses own learning needs and ensures a personal development plan reflects both clinical practice and the relevant generic capabilities to lead and develop services
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of teaching and training of medical students or trainees or allied health professionals

Research and Scholarship

Essential criteria
  • Keeps up-to-date with current research and best practice in the individual’s specific area of practice, through appropriate continuing professional development activities and their own independent study and reflection
Desirable criteria
  • Participation in research training courses or recruitment for NIHR research studies
  • Presentation/publication of conference abstract
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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr John Agbenu
Job title
Consultant and Clinical Director
Email address
Telephone number
(01772) 524108
Additional information

Dr Nick Wood, Divisional Medical Director for Women’s and Children’s Services

Telephone number: (01772) 524108