Barts Health NHS Trust

The Royal London Children’s Hospital

Senior Clinical Fellow (ST 6-8) in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

(Complex respiratory patients, Long-term ventilation and Sleep medicine)

Applications are invited for Senior Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
(Complex Respiratory Patients, Long-term Ventilation and Sleep Medicine) to join the
Paediatric Respiratory team at the Royal London Children’s Hospital in Northeast London,
England. This will be a 1 year post starting Dec 2022.


This is a post suitable for a doctor with full GMC registration and MRCPCH (or equivalent)
who has previous experience in paediatric respiratory medicine. They may be wishing to pursue
a comprehensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of paediatric
breathing disorders and the unique needs of children with chronic lung disease on long-term
ventilation. Overseas candidates are welcome and less experienced candidates will be
considered. This is a full-time post although applicants wishing to work less than full time are
also encouraged to apply. There are no out of hours on-call commitments, although the
postholder can choose to join the middle grade Paediatric rota if appropriate.


The appointee will be based within the Respiratory service looking after children with complex
respiratory diseases including long term ventilation and sleep disorders. She/he will receive
training in Sleep Medicine; technical aspects, interpretation/reporting of sleep studies
(polysomnography, cardiorespiratory and oximetry studies) and management of complex
patients with sleep disordered breathing, as well as acquiring extensive knowledge in positive
airway pressure titrations, chronic ventilation (invasive and non-invasive ventilation), such as
choice of ventilators and interface, ventilation mode/ settings, and management of complex
patients on chronic ventilation including valuable insight into the process of discharge


The post will involve general respiratory inpatient care; participation in the respiratory
management of complex respiratory patients with the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensivists;
sharing a monthly flexible bronchoscopy list and 2 monthly combined bronchoscopy lists
with ENT surgeons; and partake in 2 outpatient clinics per week (1 in general respiratory and
1 sleep/ long-term ventilation clinics).


About us

The post will be based at The Royal London Hospital which provides one of the largest acute
paediatric and paediatric trauma services in London, with over 110 Paediatric and neonatal,
surgical and medical beds. The hospital is the Tertiary referral centre for Paediatric medical
specialities (endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, haematology, oncology and
respiratory medicine), surgical specialities and provides the Regional Neonatal Unit with
neonatal surgery and the regional Neonatal Transport Service (NETS). Barts Health is one of
the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.


The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement
journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having
lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart
a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.


Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and
innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and
beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering
consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place
at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values
and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.


We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every
staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate
and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and
respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil
their potential.


Details of the job plan and full Job Description and Person Specification are included in the
application pack. The Government has announced that the legal requirement for all NHS
workers in England, to be double vaccinated, is currently under legislative review.


We do however encourage those in roles that have face to face contact with patients to be
double vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless they are medically exempt) and are continuing
to support the vaccination uptake for all staff as this remains the best line of defence.


Person specification



  • MRCPCH or equivalent


  • Higher degree


Training & Experience


  • Excellent clinical skills
  • Teaching skills
  • PALS/APLS Certificate
  • Previous experience in audit/governance


  • Knowledge of Paediatric respiratory and sleep
  • Research experience
  • GCP certificate




  • Basic management skills



  • Leadership experience


Personal Skills


  • Good organisational skills
    Good communication skills
    Ability to develop good working relationships
    Commitment to continuing personal development
    Computer/database skills
    Time management skills


  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
    Experience of working in multi-ethnic & multicultural
    Experience in liaising across organisational boundaries


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such
it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring
Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the
UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further
information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have
had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously
or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years
old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks
for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please
see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details
Employer name
Barts Health NHS Trust
Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel Rd
E1 1BB

Employer's website

For further details / informal visits please contact:

Dr Surendran Thavagnanam, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician and Clinical Lead for Sleep and
Non-Invasive Ventilation,


Dr Sarah Brown, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician and Clinical Lead for Non-CF bronchiectasis
and complex needs,


Dr Caroline Pao, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician, Children’s CF Centre Director,


Dr Chinedu Nwokoro, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer,
Clinical Lead for Asthma and Chronic Lung Disease,
Professor Jonathan Grigg, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician and Research Lead.

Clinical Teaching Fellow in Paediatric Sleep Medicine

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