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ST1/ST2 LAS in Neonatal Medicine

Job Description

Are you looking for a new challenge?

There has never been a better time to come and work at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; we are a leading Teaching Hospital with care, safety, compassion and pride at the heart of our organisation.

With over 8,500 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and are taking pride in caring for our patients – making every moment matter.

Think you’ve got what it takes to join us?

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for

ST1 / ST2 LAS (locum appointment for service) in Neonatal Medicine

Required for: Feb 2017 – Aug 2017

Derby Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which has achieved 3 star status five times, was successful in its application to become a first wave NHS Foundation Trust from 1st July 2004. Recognised by the Department of Health as a high performing Trust (Healthcare Commission ratings 2009 – excellent for quality of service and for use of resources), we deliver quality patient care and in recent years have achieved high standards which have put us amongst the cleanest and safest hospitals in the country. Our vision is to continue to build on these achievements – Taking Pride in Caring.

We offer a full range of acute and maternity services and with a total of 1,187 acute beds and serve a population of around 600,000 people throughout Southern Derbyshire.

Employing 7,000 staff with an annual budget of over £390 million, this year we will treat and care for over 180,000 people as inpatients, emergency patients and day case patients. This will equate to around 625,000 visits from patients during the year.

In September 1996 the Children’s Hospital moved to a new purpose built hospital on the Royal Derby Hospital Campus. In May 1997, in conjunction with Nottingham University, an Academic Department of Paediatrics was established, the research interest being paediatric pharmacology.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is recognised as a Local Neonatal Unit providing intensive care services within the Trent Perinatal Network, undertaking medical neonatal intensive care. It has 24 cots including 7 designated for critical care and 17 special care, and is adjacent to the delivery suite and theatres. It is a busy maternity service with over 6000 deliveries per year and an established fetal medicine department for managing complex cases. There are currently 7 Consultants committed to the neonatal service, working ‘service weeks’ with a Consultant ward round each day.

There is a separate EWTD compliant SHO rota for the Unit including ANNPs and specific middle grade cover through the day and evening including weekends. Overnight middle grade cover is currently shared with paediatrics but with dedicated 24 hour Neonatal Consultant cover.


Consultants’ Paediatric Specialist interests:
Dr N R Ruggins Neonatology, Respiratory
Dr J McIntyre Neonatology, Child Development
Dr M Ratnayaka Neonatology,Epilepsy
Dr B Subramaniam Neonatology, Infectious disease
Dr G Joshi Neonatology, Paediatric cardiology
Dr B Etuwewe Neonatology, Paediatric cardiology
Dr S Ojha Neonatology, Research

Dr T S Tinklin Endocrinology & Diabetes
Dr J Smith Diabetes
Dr D Aswani Diabetes Dr O Ifeanyichukwu Medical Education, Infectious disease
Dr J Evennett Safeguarding, Coeliac disease
Dr C Weights Haematology
Dr H Faza Epilepsy
Dr R Bowker Nephrology, Rheumatology
Dr J Surridge Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Dr G Robinson Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Dr J Mott Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Dr I Lewins Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Dr D Traves Respiratory and Allergy
Dr E Starkey Respiratory and Allergy
Dr V Cox Adolescence

Training Grades

Middle grade 4 Specialty Trainees - General
2 Specialty Trainee - Paediatric Pharmacology
1 Specialty Trainee (Community with hospital sessions),
2 Clinical Educators
1 Neonatal Registrar

ST1 & ST2s and VTS

Present Staffing: 15 in total: 4 based in the neonatal unit.
10 based in the Children’s Hospital
1 Community ST2
Foundation 1 doctors 5


The duration of this post is 6 months. This post is a pure six month neonatal paediatric post but the incumbent is expected to join in all the postgraduate paediatric activities of the unit.


The NICU operates a full shift system. The duty rota for the full six months is available at the outset but may be subject to a little variation e.g. due to study leave facilitation. 3 ANNPs join the rota to make it EWTD compliant


The post holder is responsible for the day to day of patients under the care of the consultants in the NICU, Labour Ward and on the post-natal wards thus experience is gained in the assessment and management of ill neonates within the neonatal unit and the normal and common problems of newborn on the postnatal wards. Daytime support and supervision is by consultants and one of the middle grade doctors who are assigned to the neonatal unit.


The post is recognised for postgraduate training and study leave will be granted in accordance with current regulations. It is expected that ST1and above will make good use of the local education and lack of participation in this will influence eligibility for study leave further afield. The paediatric clinical tutor is responsible for assessing appropriateness and eligibility for study leave along with the trust Postgraduate Tutor.

There is a busy regular paediatric postgraduate educational timetable within Derby. The ST1/2 training scheme in Mid Trent runs a regular course in Nottingham on Thursday afternoons with a view to membership preparation. The post holder is expected to avail themselves of this educational opportunity. Efforts will be made, as far as is possible, when duty rotas are drawn up to accommodate this.

There is a small paediatric reference library within the paediatric unit and the main library is within the City Hospital Postgraduate Centre. There are close links with Nottingham University Medical School and ability to use their facility.


Specialty Trainees are required to take specific holiday periods. The holiday periods are fixed but some limited choice is available. Prior to taking up their appointments successful candidates will be offered pre selected dates to from which to choose. These are fixed periods totalling three weeks over six months and may be taken as three individual weeks or two weeks

We are a fantastic Trust and want the very best and skilled people to work with us in providing excellent patient care.

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