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Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Job Reference: 317-CON-19-324

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Paediatric Gastronenterology
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£79,860 to £107,668 pa

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.




REF. 317-CON-19-324

We are delighted to offer an opportunity for three new consultants in paediatric gastroenterology. We are at a key point in developing of what is one of the core departments of the Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH) and are looking to enhance our team with highly motivated, ambitious individuals. GNCH has an ambition to become one of the best children’s hospitals in the world and a strong gastroenterology department is central to this. We welcome applications from individuals with grid or equivalent training in paediatric gastroenterology In particular we welcome interest from experienced paediatric gastroenterologists who are interested in an opportunity to lead and develop this service.

You will join consultant colleagues in Paediatric Gastroenterology and consultant General Paediatricians with specialist interests in gastroenterology as well as 2 middle grades in paediatric gastroenterology. The post does not currently include out-of-hours paediatric work, but as the department grows we hope that this can be incorporated.

We provide comprehensive tertiary inpatient and outpatient Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition services for the local community, North East region and North Cumbria with a clinical network across the regional District General Hospitals. The Paediatric Gastroenterology Department, with the Immunology Department, is also nationally commissioned to provide assessment for and Stem Cell Transplantation of children with very early onset inflammatory bowel disease and immune dysregulation and immune-mediated enteropathy. This is one of two highly specialized services for the UK and provides an exciting opportunity for an ambitious gastroenterologist to work at the ‘cutting edge’ of medical science. The Immunology Department is a well-established academic department and would also provide an outstanding environment for an aspiring academic gastroenterologist.

The Department has well established services that include:-

- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: c. 300 patients, weekly clinic, 3 designated endoscopy lists a week, dedicated access to daycase facilities, 2 nurses, 2 dieticians and we are proud to have recently developed an innovative post of a senior prescribing paediatric pharmacist within the department.

- Complex Nutrition Team: c. 20 patients on home parenteral nutrition (PN), dedicated complex feeding/swallowing clinic with our tertiary neurodisability team, twice weekly PN rounds, weekly complex nutrition round for the cardiac unit, 3 nurses, 2 PN pharmacists, 2 dieticians

- Liver service: weekly clinic and a shared care model with Leeds Children’s Hospital providing quaternary hepatology support.

- Coeliac service: led by a general paediatrician with an interest in gastroenterology

- Administration team – we have a well-established and highly dedicated group of 5 secretaries who support the consultants, nurses and MDT.

The department has strong links with academics working in Newcastle University which is on the same campus. Research themes include autoimmune and immune dysregulation and the role of the gut microbiome in the pathogenesis of disease.

Experienced and established consultant candidates interested in developing their leadership skills will join a dynamic and forward thinking directorate leadership team and will be supported in developing their own leadership skills as the department flourishes. The trust hosts a wide range of leadership courses, with bespoke mentoring and guidance offered to aspiring leaders.

Applications are invited from candidates with training in, and a passion for, Paediatric Gastroenterology. Special interests in specific areas of paediatric gastroenterology including IBD, GI immunology, adolescent medicine, nutrition, allergy, endoscopy or pancreatico-hepatology would be welcomed.

You must possess MRCPCH or equivalent, and will be a registered medical practitioner on, or eligible to join, the Specialist Register for Paediatrics within six months of the date of the Appointments Committee. CCT in paediatric gastroenterology or evidence of equivalent training / experience is essential.

In addition to the challenges of the roles, we can offer you a commitment to teaching, education, research and quality improvement....

Please seeJob Description and Person Specificationfor full advert.

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact: Dr Mike McKean, Clinical Director at or Dr Mark Anderson, Deputy Clinical Director at; they can also be contacted at; or Dr Maureen Lawson, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at; or Dr Bruce McLain, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at

To apply for this post, please visit NHS Jobs and complete the application form in full, please ensure that you provide references to cover the last 3 years. For any further queries, please contact Colin Sakhe, HR Advisor at, quoting the post reference number.


Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail, and may be required to complete psychometric tools in advance of the assessment process.

Closing Date: 02 February 2020

Interview Date: 02 March 2020

Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail. You should check your SPAM folders as well as your inbox. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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