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Consultant Paediatrician with an Interest in Neonatology

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Planned Care Division

Consultant Paediatrician with an Interest in Neonatology

Applications are invited for a Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in Neonatology based at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.

The children’s service is located on Riverbank Children’s Unit and includes Inpatients, Children’s Assessment Unit, Ambulatory Care and a level 1 Neonatal Unit. There is a dedicated Paediatric OPD onsite and the Paediatric emergency department is within the main A&E department. There are close working links with a number of tertiary centres including Addenbrooke’s and Great Ormond Street Hospitals.

This is a new substantive post (currently occupied by a locum) with a 1:8 on call rota including extended Consultant presence delivering trainee supervision.

The successful applicant will join our existing team of 7 consultants and will be encouraged to develop specialist interests that complement the existing services.

The trust provides a range of general, specialty, acute & local neonatal services and works alongside the community Paediatric services (currently provided by South Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust), to the 127,000 children normally resident in north and mid Bedfordshire.

Potential applicants wishing to arrange either an informal discussion or visit please contact Dr Rishi Arora, Consultant Paediatrician, on  ( Phone number removed ) .

Candidate Care

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust values employee care highly. We will ensure all applicants receive some form of notification/decision throughout the application process. Please ensure your application details are correct as the majority of correspondence is sent digitally (Email / Text).

Please note that we do execute the right to close vacancies early should it be deemed that a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Equality & Diversity and Inclusion

Bedford, a fantastic place to live, It’s one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. We too are an advocate of diversity and strive to mirror our community as much possible so we particularly welcome applications from BAME groups.

The Trust is equally keen to receive applications from any of the 9 protected characteristics as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within the trust.


We take safeguarding very seriously at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to ensure the safety of our patients which includes children and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants’ offer of employment will be subject to stringent pre-employment checks which include DBS, valid references and more. Please note that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected; or summary dismissal/police action if an applicant has been selected. We have also implemented this into the Trust’s policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

A copy of the DBS code of Practice is available on request.

Probationary Period

For all Agenda for Change posts these are subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 6 months within which the notice period for both you and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is one week.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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