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Trust Fellow in Paediatric Cardiologist Anaesthesia

Main area
Paediatric Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 40 hours per week
Job ref
Paediatric Cardiology Specialty - FH
Newcastle upon Tyne
£33,790 - £53,132 per annum
Salary period
17/07/2022 23:59

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

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.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for a highly motivated, ambitious individual to join our well -integrated team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the position of Fellow in Paediatric Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia (ST6+) to be based at the Freeman Hospital. Posts are available from either October 2022, February 2023 or May 2023 for 6 or 12 months.

The post is suitable for a senior trainee (ST6/7, post CCT or equivalent) considering a career in paediatric cardiac anaesthesia.

Main duties of the job

  • Training in the management of anaesthesia for children and adults with congenital and acquired cardiac disease including cardiac transplantation and mechanical cardiac support. Experience of provision of anaesthesia in the catheter laboratory, operating theatre and the ICU under close consultant supervision. As experience is gained, the supervision will be appropriate to the individual’s skills.
  • We anticipate that at 6 months the successful candidate will have an understanding of the clinical management and implications for anaesthesia of patients with the full spectrum of paediatric congenital and acquired heart disease. He or she would have acquired expert vascular access skills and comprehensive knowledge of ventilation and inotropic use in neonates and children.
  • We anticipate that at 1 year the successful candidate will be in a position to operate as a safe, independent paediatric cardiac anaesthetist in a tertiary centre. He or she will be able to provide anaesthesia for paediatric, adult congenital and neonatal cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterisation, cardiac CT, MRI and non-cardiac surgery for children with congenital and acquired cardiac disease.
  • Training in the peri-operative intensive care management of paediatric patients with congenital heart disease will be provided with a bias towards cardiothoracic surgery.

Working for our organisation

Closing Date:               17 July 2022

Interview Date:            TBC

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact: Dr. Claire Barker via email at

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This post will offer broad experience in all areas of paediatric and adult congenital cardiac anaesthesia, including cardiopulmonary transplantation, ECMO and mechanical circulatory support, together with paediatric thoracic anaesthesia.  For the duration of the fellowship, the appointee will participate in the cardiac PICU on-call rota.

Person specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Primary Medical Qualification.
  • Full GMC registration or eligibility to obtain this within 3 months (or within 6 months for non-EEA applicants).
  • Must have some previous experience in at least two of general paediatric anaesthesia, adult cardiac anaesthesia, paediatric intensive care and paediatric cardiothoracic anaesthesia.
Desirable criteria
  • Should wish to increase paediatric/congenital cardiac anaesthetic and intensive care experience, with possible consideration of this as a long-term career option.

Clinical Skills and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Good history & examination skills.
  • Able to formulate a working diagnosis
  • Able to order appropriate investigations.
  • Image interpretation relevant to practice.
  • Knows when to appropriately seek assistance from a senior colleague.
  • Must have range of clinical skills appropriate for senior trainee or someone at post-CCT level.
  • Successfully completed an appropriate period of training in anaesthesia, together with all relevant in-training assessments
Desirable criteria
  • Some knowledge of congenital heart disease in children and adults, and its management.

Maintaining Clinical Competence

Essential criteria
  • Written evidence of satisfactory training to date e.g. workplace assessments.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate medical students & Foundation Doctors.
Desirable criteria
  • Participation in appropriate medical education training programme or qualification.

Clinical Governance, Audit and Research

Essential criteria
  • Experience of audit projects.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of recent research.

Communication, Relationships and Working with Colleagues

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate and liaise effectively with patients and other people within a team
  • Ability to work as a team with professional colleagues in all disciplines.
Desirable criteria
  • Some management experience, rota organisation, management course etc.

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Alignment with the Trust’s Core & Professional Behaviours.
  • Flexible approach to service delivery and committed approach to development.
  • A commitment to personal / unit CPD.
  • Time management skills.
  • Honesty, integrity, awareness of ethical dilemmas, respect for confidentiality.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of leadership skills.
  • IT literate.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Victoria Cowan
Job title
Senior HR Administrator
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