Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow by 6bb80diB

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REF: 23597D
CLOSING DATE:26/08/2011





The post is based principally at Yorkhill Hospital where the successful applicant will work
in the national paediatric cardiac centre.

Applicants must possess MRCP or equivalent and meet the entry criteria for a training
post in paediatric cardiology.

This post will not attract a National Training Number.

If a Locum Appointment for Training appointment is made, the training received will
count towards the completion of CCT training. The Postgraduate Dean has confirmed
that this programme has the required educational and staffing approval.

To practice medicine in the UK you need to hold both GMC registration and a licence to

  Paediatric Cardiology STR/LAT

 Royal Hospital for Sick Children,
        Yorkhill Glasgow

          REF: 23597D

                        WEST OF SCOTLAND REGION


Brief Description of Hospital:

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill is a 306 bed unit which provides
paediatric services to the Greater Glasgow Health Board are and is a tertiary
referral centre for the West of Scotland. Undergraduate and postgraduate
teaching is undertaken and the Glasgow University Departments of Child Health,
Surgical Paediatrics, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Human Nutrition and
Medical Genetics are housed within the hospital. The Trust also incorporates
Community Child Health for Glasgow.

Work of the Department:

Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery form part of the Medical Directorate and share a
24 bed ward on the second floor of the hospital. Six beds in the General
Intensive Care Unit are committed to Cardiac Surgery. The Department of
Cardiology is well equipped for non-invasive and invasive investigation.
Comprehensive cardiac ultrasound facilities are available including M-mode, 2-D.
spectral and colour Doppler and transoesophageal echo. Treadmill exercise
testing, 24 hour Holter monitoring, digital event monitoring and 12 lead ECG
recording are routine. The Catheter Laboratory was replaced in 2007 and has
digital biplane angiography replay and storage facilities. Approximately 310
catheter procedures are performed annually including diagnostic studies and
interventional procedures.

Cases for elective investigation or surgery are admitted in the early part of each
week and emergency cases are admitted anytime. Urgent referrals are seen in
the Department and visits made the city’s special care baby units or to other
wards as required. A weekly clinic caters for patients requiring long term review;
a fortnightly clinic run jointly with an adult cardiologist looks after teenage
patients and those with pacemakers. Each cardiologist has an outpatient clinic.
Peripheral clinics are held in six towns throughout the year. Fetal ultrasound
examinations are conducted weekly in collaboration with the fetal medicine
specialists at the Queen Mother’s Hospital. Daily rounds of the combined
medical-surgical cardiac ward and Intensive care Unit are undertaken.            A
conference is held weekly to discuss the management of individual cases.

Teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students is a regular commitment
and special teaching courses in clinical paediatrics (2) and echocardiography (3-
4) occur throughout the year.
Medical Staff in the Department:

Glasgow Paediatric Cardiologists      Dr K McLeod, Dr T Richens, Dr B
                                      Knight, Dr B Smith

Edinburgh Paediatric Cardiologists    Dr M Walayat, Dr J Burns

Cardiac Surgeons                      Mr K A McArthur, Mr M Danton, Mr A

                                      2 Specialist Registrars in Paediatrics
                                      2 Specialist Registrars in Cardiology
                                      1 FY2

This department has close relationships with the Departments of Anaesthesia,
Intensive Care and Radiology.





        The STR/locum appointment for training (LAT) post forms part of the West of
        Scotland Training Programme in Paediatric Cardiology, has training approval
        from the JCHMT and conforms to the formal training guidelines laid out in the
        JCHMT documents. Subject to satisfactory progress training will count towards
        the time required to complete any subsequently awarded CCT training scheme.

        During training the Specialist Registrar is allocated a supervisor and performance
        assessment is on a regular basis throughout training.

        The training programme is supervised by the Training Programme Director for
        paediatric cardiology, West of Scotland Deanery. Study leave conforms with
        terms and conditions of service for the Specialist Registrar grade.


        The STR/LAT will be appointed by a Committee comprising representatives of
        the Postgraduate Dean, Speciality Training Committee, Trust, University of
        Glasgow and National Panel of Specialists.

        Specialist Registrars must hold MRCP or equivalent and have a minimum of two
        years general professional training in the SHO grade.


        (i) Training

        The STR/LAT must make full use of the training opportunities provided.

        (ii) Clinical

        The STR/LAT will be involved in all aspects of cardiology inpatient and outpatient
        care including management of emergency cases. Initial training in cardiology
        techniques would be largely in non-invasive aspects of cardiology and
        introduction to invasive studies, with subsequent experience being gained in
        invasive investigation and interventional techniques.
    (iii) Administration

    The STR/LAT will be expected, when appropriate, to participate in the day to day
    running of the department in administrative activities such as organisation of on-
    call rotas, organisation of undergraduate training, patient reports and letters.

    (iv) Communication

    This will include:
    Discussion with Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Consultants
    regarding clinical problems. Communication with General Practitioners and
    referring consultants including telephone discussion of problems and writing of
    letters about cases seen. Liaison with specialists in other hospitals/agencies,
    such as district nurses, ambulance, police etc.


    (i) Continuing Education

    The STR/LAT will be expected to participate in educational activities on a local
    and national basis.

    In-house tutorials and locally arranged postgraduate courses are available.
    Specialist Registrars are expected to further their education through attendance
    at meetings and courses held both locally and nationally.

    Local educational activities include regular audit, CME schemes, lectures, journal
    clubs and Unit discussions.

    (ii) Teaching

    Teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students and other groups would
    be a regular commitment.



    Audit is an essential component of paediatric cardiology practice and the
    STR/LAT will have a specific role in clinical audit and be expected to participate
    in local and national audit activities.


    The initial appointment will be the combined medical-surgical cardiac ward and
    Department of Cardiology at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill.

    The banding for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children is currently Band 2b.
                                                     2011 Person Specification
                   Application to enter Specialty Training at LAT4: Paediatric Cardiology

Entry Criteria
                                Essential                                                                          When Evaluated1
                                   MBBS or equivalent medical qualification                                       Application form
Qualifications                     MRCPCH, MRCP (UK) or equivalent

Eligibility                        Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment             Application form
                                    Evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies by
                                     August 2011 in line with GMC standards/ Good Medical                          Application form Interview /
                                     Practice including:                                                                            3
                                                                                                                   Selection centre
                                    o   Good clinical care
                                    o   Maintaining good medical practice
                                    o   Good relationships and communication with patients
                                    o   Good working relationships with colleagues
                                    o   Good teaching and training
                                    o   Professional behaviour and probity
                                    o   Delivery of good acute clinical care
                                Entry through paediatrics                                                          Application form Interview /
                                   Evidence of achievement of ST1 & ST2 competencies in                           Selection centre
                                    paediatrics at time of appointment & ST3 competencies in
                                    paediatrics by August 2011.
                                  Evidence of achievement of the competences outlined in ‘A
                                   Framework of Competences for BST in Paediatrics’
                                Entry through general internal medicine
                                                                                                                   Application form Interview /
                                   Evidence of achievement of ST1 & ST2 competencies in general                   Selection centre
                                    internal medicine at time of appointment by August 2011.
                                    Eligibility to work in the UK

                                                                                                                   Application form

Fitness To Practise                Is up to date and fit to practise safely                                       Application form

            ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process
            A Framework of Competences for BST in Paediatrics, RCPCH October 2004
            A selection centre is a process not a place. It involves a number of selection activities that may be delivered within the
          Unit of Application.
Language Skills                  All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken              Application form
                                 English adequate to enable effective communication about medical              Interview / Selection centre
                                 topics with patients and colleagues demonstrated by one of the
                                      o   a) that applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training
                                          in English; or
                                      o   b) have the following scores in the academic lnternational English
                                          Language Testing System (IELTS) – Overall 7, Speaking 7,
                                          Listening 6, Reading 6, Writing 6.
                                     If applicants believe they have adequate communication skills
                                      but do not fit into one of these examples they must provide
                                      supporting evidence

Health                           Meets professional health requirements (in line with GMC                      Application form
                                 standards/Good Medical Practice)                                              Pre-employment health

Career                               Ability to provide a complete employment history                         Application form
Progression                        Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal
                                     Evidence that present achievement and performance is
                                      commensurate with totality of period of training
                                      At least 36 months’ experience in paediatrics or 24 months in
                                      general internal medicine (not including Foundation modules) by
                                      August 2010

Application                                                                                                    Application form
                                 ALL sections of application form completed FULLY according to
Completion                       written guidelines

             Any time periods specified in this person specification refer to full time equivalent
Selection Criteria

                               Essential                                        Desirable                          When Evaluated5
Career Progression             As above                                         Less than 72 months
                                                                                experience (usually 36-60
                                                                                months) in this specialty (not
                                                                                including Foundation
                                                                                modules) by August 2011

                               Essential                                        Desirable                          When Evaluated
Clinical Skills                Clinical Knowledge & Expertise:                     Successful completion of       Application form
                                   Capacity to apply sound clinical                APLS, NLS, ACLS or             Interview / Selection
                                    knowledge & judgement. Potential                equivalent                     centre
                                    to develop excellent diagnostic                Successful completion of       References
                                    skills                                          a child protection course
                                   Able to demonstrate proficiency in a            or equivalent
                                    range of medical procedures as an
                                    indication of manual dexterity and
                                    hand-eye coordination
                                   Evidence of experience in a range
                                    of acute medical specialties, with
                                    experience of managing patients on
                                    unselected medical take during
                                    core medical training
                                  Evidence of competence in
                                   management of medical
                                   emergencies and in-patients
                                   through continuous work-based
                               Personal Attributes:
                                   Shows aptitude for practical skills,
                                    e.g. hand-eye co-ordination,

             ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process
                  Essential                                 Desirable                        When evaluated
                                                                                             Application form
Academic /        Research Skills:
                                                                                             Interview / Selection
Research Skills      Demonstrates understanding of         Evidence of relevant
                      importance of audit, risk             academic & research
                      management & research.                achievements , e.g.
                     Potential to contribute to            degrees, prizes, awards,
                      development in paediatrics            distinctions, publications,
                                                            presentations, other
                                                               Evidence of involvement
                                                                in formal research
                     Evidence of active participation in       project
                      audit                                    Evidence of a portfolio of
                                                                audit projects including
                                                                where the audit loop has
                                                                been closed
                                                               Evidence of involvement
                     Evidence of teaching experience           in teaching students,
                      and/or training in teaching               postgraduates and other
                                                               Evidence of participation
                                                                in a teaching course

                                                            Management Skills:
                                                               Evidence of attendance
                                                                at a management course
                                                            IT Skills
                                                               Demonstrates
                                                                information technology
                  Essential                                   Desirable                      When evaluated
Personal Skills   Communication Skills:                                                      Application form
                   Capacity to communicate effectively                                      Interview / Selection
                    at different levels, e.g. with babies,                                   centre
                    young people and their families                                          References
                  Empathy & Sensitivity:
                   Capacity to take in others’
                     perspectives and treat others with
                  Managing Others & Team
                   Capacity to work cooperatively with
                     others & work effectively in a
                     multidisciplinary team
                  Problem Solving & Decision Making:
                   Demonstrates an analytic approach
                    to practice. Capacity to bring a
                    range of approaches to solving
                  Coping with Pressure:
                   Capacity to manage acute situations
                     under pressure. Demonstrates
                     initiative & resilience to cope with
                     changing circumstances
                  Organisation & Planning:
                   Capacity to achieve a balance
                     between urgent and important
                  Vigilance & Situational Awareness:
                  Capacity to monitor acute situations that
                  may change rapidly
                   Evidence of interest and experience
                    in management and leadership

                  Essential                                   Desirable                      When evaluated
Probity           Professional Integrity & Respect for                                       Application form
                  Others:                                                                    Interview / Selection
                     Takes responsibility for own actions.                                  centre
                      Displays honesty, integrity &                                          References
                      awareness of ethical issues.
                     Understands importance of
                      advocacy, children’s rights, safety,
                      confidentiality & consent

Commitment To     Learning & Personal Development:            Extracurricular activities /   Application form
Specialty          Demonstrates interest and realistic       achievements relevant to       Interview / Selection
                    insight into paediatric cardiology.       paediatric cardiology          centre
                   Understanding & awareness of                                             References
                    particular requirements & demands
                    of working with children & their
                   Demonstrates reflective approach to
                    practice & commitment to personal
                         TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

    The conditions of service are those laid down and amended from time to time by the
    Hospital and Medical & Dental Whitley Council.

TYPE OF CONTRACT         Fixed Term

GRADE AND SALARY         STR LAT £29,705 – £46,708 per annum

                         New Entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the minimum
                         point of the salary scale, (dependent on qualifications and experience).
                         Salary is paid monthly by Bank Credit Transfer.

HOURS OF DUTY            Full time, 40 hrs

SUPERANNUATION           You have the option to join the NHS Superannuation Scheme, to
                         participate in the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme or to take
                         out a Personal Pension.

                         Employee’s contributions to the NHS Scheme are Tiered based on your
                         earnings and the employers contribution equates to 13.5 % of salary.
                         Employees in the NHS Scheme are “Contracted-out” of the State
                         Earnings Related Pension Scheme and pay a lower rate of National
                         Insurance contributions. Employees who choose to participate in the
                         State Earnings Related Pension Scheme pay the higher rate of
                         National Insurance contribution.    A Stakeholder Pension is also

                         A Personal Pension is a private arrangement agreed with the pension
                         provider that will be an organisation such as a Bank, Building Society or
                         Insurance Company.

REMOVAL EXPENSES         Assistance with removal and associated expenses may be given and
                         would be discussed and agreed prior to appointment.

EXPENSES OF              Candidates who are requested to attend an interview will be given
CANDIDATES FOR           assistance with appropriate travelling expenses. Re-imbursement shall
APPOINTMENT              not normally be made to employees who withdraw their application or
                         refuse an offer of appointment.
TOBACCO POLICY        NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde operate a No Smoking Policy in all
                      premises and grounds.

                      This post is considered to be in the category of “Regulated Work” and
DISCLOSURE            therefore requires a Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable
SCOTLAND              Groups Scheme (PVG) Membership which currently costs £59.00. The
                      cost of the PVG Membership will be initially paid by NHS Greater
                      Glasgow and Clyde and will required to be repaid through a payroll
                      deduction mandate from the successful candidate’s first salary.

CONFIRMATION OF       NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has a legal obligation to
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK   ensure that it’s employees, both EEA and non EEA nationals, are
IN THE UK             legally entitled to work in the United Kingdom. Before any person can
                      commence employment within NHS GGC they will need to provide
                      documentation to prove that they are eligible to work in the UK.

                      Non EEA nationals will be required to show evidence that either Entry
                      Clearance or Leave to Remain in the UK has been granted for the work
                      which they are applying to do. Where an individual is subject to
                      immigration control under not circumstances will they be allowed to
                      commence until the right to work in the UK has been verified.

                      ALL applicants regardless of nationality must complete and return the
                      Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in the UK Statement with their
                      completed application form. You will be required provide appropriate
                      documentation prior to any appointment being made.

REHABILITATION OF     The rehabilitation of Offenders act 1974 allows people who have been
OFFENDERS ACT 1974    convicted of certain criminal offences to regard their convictions as
                      “spent” after the lapse of a period of years. However, due to the nature
                      of work for which you are applying this post is exempt from the
                      provisions of Section 4 of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by
                      virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Orders
                      1975 and 1986). Therefore, applicants are required to disclose
                      information about convictions which for other purposes are “spent”
                      under the provision of the act in the event of employment, failure to
                      disclose such convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action
                      by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Any information given will be
                      completely confidential.

DISABLED APPLICANTS   A disability or health problems does not preclude full consideration for
                      the job and applications from people with disabilities are welcome. All
                      information will be treated as confidential. NHS Greater Glasgow and
                      Clyde guarantees to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet
                      the minimum criteria for the post.
                      You will note on our application form that we ask for relevant
                      information with regard to your disability. This is simply to ensure that
                      we can assist you, if you are called for interview, to have every
                      opportunity to present your application in full. We may call you to
                      discuss your needs in more detail if you are selected for interview.

GENERAL               NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde operates flexible staffing
                      arrangements whereby all appointments are to a grade within a
                      department. The duties of an officer may be varied from an initial set of
                      duties to any other set, which are commensurate with the grade of the
                      officer. The enhanced experience resulting from this is considered to
                      be in the best interest of both NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES   The postholder will undertake their duties in strict accordance with NHS
                      Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

For further information on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, please visit our website on

Applicants wishing further information about the post are invited to contact Dr Trevor
Richens, Training Programme Director, Paediatric Cardiology: Tel 0141 201 0000,
e-mail with whom visiting arrangements can also be


To apply for these posts please include your CV and names and addresses of 3
Referees, along with the following documents; (click on the hyperlinks to open)

Medical and Dental Application and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Declaration Form Regarding Fitness to Practice

Immigration Questionnaire

Alternatively please visit and click on the “How to
Apply” tab to access application for and CV submission information.


Please return your application by email to or to the
recruitment address below;

Medial and Dental Recruitment Team
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Recruitment Services
5th Floor, Tara House
46 Bath Street
G2 1HJ


The closing Date will be 26th August 2011

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