Consultant pediatrician interested in adolescent health at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
This position will allow for the expansion of our current adolescent service with the successful candidate joining our current Senior Pediatrician with a specialist interest in adolescent care.
Experience or interest in developing as a pediatrician caring for young people with eating disorders and other physical and mental health issues requiring close liaison with CAMHS and social service colleagues is essential . Cohesive teamwork and a flexible approach to meeting the needs of our young people is highly valued at Somerset Foundation Trust, an integrated trust and winners of the HSJ Mental Health Trust of the Year 2021. There is scope to develop further aspects of adolescent care that may be of interest to the successful candidate.
There are 9 scheduled activities available for this position, although applications for part-time work are welcome. The successful candidate will join the acute general pediatrics team of 14 consultants offering days of general pediatrics service with a 1:12 hour on-call commitment. There will be general pediatric outpatient engagements on top of that.
Main duties of the position
Our current pediatric service operates with consultant coverage in a “hot week” style on an ongoing basis. This includes 1h12 consulting out of hours from 5pm to 10pm (resident) and on call at night 1h12. There will also be shifts on the Pediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) x 10 per year Admissions during the day are managed by a separate PAU consultant, while the “hot week” consultant manages the service.
The incumbent will provide outpatient services including a general pediatric clinic, an eating disorder clinic and an integrative adolescent clinic. The job holder will also contribute to regular backup clinics, providing assessments of physical backup issues. This work is well supported by supervision and peer review.
The incumbent will provide regular review of patients of their caseload who are hospitalized, direct their management and attend PCTs.
The position is made up of 9 PAs distributed from Monday to Thursday. Part-time work opportunities are available upon discussion.
It is important that the successful candidate shares the department’s commitment to clinical service excellence and the policy of continuously developing innovative service delivery and high quality training for all staff.
You will be approachable, proactive and able to advise and support your colleagues, junior doctors and members of the multidisciplinary team. The successful candidate will be able to work with a variety of professionals and participate fully as a member of a team working to develop and expand the pediatric service. In addition to taking care of young people and their families, we are looking for someone who will take care of themselves and the rest of the team they work with.