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Locum Consultant in Paediatric Haematology

NHS Medical & Dental: Locum Consultant

Main area
Child Health
NHS Medical & Dental: Locum Consultant
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£82,096 - £110,683 Per Annum
Salary period
06/05/2021 23:59

Job overview

Online applications are invited for the above post at Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust. This is a replacement post, providing a tertiary service for both malignant and non-malignant haematology in Wessex and the Channel Islands. The post holder will join a team of 5  paediatric oncologists, one associate professor in paediatric oncology and a paediatric haematologist in the regional paediatric oncology / haematology unit.

Tertiary services include the diagnosis and management of children with leukaemia, bone marrow failure syndromes and myelodysplasia. High dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell rescue is performed and there is a paediatric apheresis service for stem cell collection. Southampton is a designated comprehensive care centre for haemophilia, providing a regional service for both adults and children with congenital bleeding disorders and thrombotic problems. There is an expanding ethnic population affected by major haemoglobin disorders. 

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


All aspects of care as recommended in the national guidelines can be provided, including transcranial Doppler screening and erythrocytapheresis.

All major paediatric specialities are provided in the Trust and include allergy, cardiology, ENT, gastroenterology, urology, nephrology, neonatology (level 3), neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics (including spinal), paediatric intensive care, paediatric and neonatal surgery, endocrinology and diabetes, respiratory medicine and radiology. The post holder would be expected to advise on haematological problems within the various sub-specialities. The hospital offers ample opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and excellent facilities for research and clinical care.

The Haematology laboratory at Southampton University Hospital is highly automated and provides a comprehensive range of routine and specialist services including malignant haematology, molecular pathology, thrombosis and haemostasis and HPLC for haemoglobin disorders. There will be an opportunity to participate in the development of the malignant haematological diagnostic service.


We are looking to appoint a well motivated individual with a broad general interest in all aspects of paediatric haematology, both clinical and laboratory. We would be happy to consider candidates with training in adult haematology, seeking paediatric experience, as well as those fully trained in paediatric haematology. The post holder would be fully supported in gaining extra experience and training in any specific areas needed.

Where equivalent qualifications or experience are being offered, it is essential that candidates should provide confirmation of this from the relevant College or Faculty in the United Kingdom and attach the confirmation to your application.

When applying please remember to include your CCT date in the Membership of professional bodies section of the online application form, which is where you must also record your GMC number.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their competence to communicate in spoken and written English. Applicants should have a CCT or be on the GMC’s Specialist Register.  Applicants who are within six months of obtaining their CCT on the date of the AAC may also apply.


Individuals wishing to apply must be fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and should be either already on or within 6 months of eligibility to be included on the specialist register of the GMC.

The successful candidate will be employed under the terms and conditions of service for Consultants (England) 2003. 

Interviews will be held on TBC.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC registration (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview)
  • MRCPCH / FRCPath or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of Specialist training in Paediatric Haematology


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge, clinical and technical skills to provide a consultant led service in Paediatric Haematology
  • Experience in malignant and non-malignant haematology, haemostasis and blood transfusion
  • Experience in haematological laboratory investigations including morphology
  • Management of acute haematological emergencies.
  • Clinical skills in bone marrow aspiration/biopsy and lumbar puncture.
Desirable criteria
  • 2 years in paediatric haematology including neonatal experience.

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Excellent abilities in team working.
  • Basic management and leadership skills
  • Good organisational and time-management skills
Desirable criteria
  • Good understanding of the structure and processes within the NHS including clinical governance
  • An understanding of research methodology and critical appraisal
  • Good IT skills

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Highly motivated, ability to develop good working relationships.
  • Drive and enthusiasm
  • Good communication skills
  • Commitment to continuing personal development

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Juliet Gray
Job title
Associate Professor and Consultant
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