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Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Rheumatology (ST4+)

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,492 to £53,132 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Clinical fellow in Paediatric Rheumatology (Equivalent of ST4-8)

6 months Fixed Term position ( possibility of extension)

Full Time without OOH commitment

An exciting opportunity has opened up within the Rheumatology Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, offering candidates the chance to gain first-hand experience of this paediatric specialty working in an exciting and unique environment within a busy children's hospital.

As a valued member of the multidisciplinary team you will be included as a middle grade in the educational & training activities of the department and the workload will be shared amongst 3 Specialist Registrar, 4 Clinical Fellows and 2 Honorary Fellows. Flexible working is required to ensure smooth handover between the middle grades, and provide continuous cover for the inpatients and day cases. This post does not involve an 'out of hours' commitment of long days, weekends or nights. Annual Leave and Study leave is covered prospectively within the team.

This post is available from January 2024. The post provides ideal experience for someone wishing to further develop a special interest in Paediatric Rheumatology including those who wish to consolidate their previous experience/training in Rheumatology. MRCPCH (or equivalent) is essential.

If you wish to discuss the role further, please contact Dr Charalampia Papadopoulou, Consultant Rheumatologist via email:

Main duties of the job

The Rheumatology Unit comprises a clinical team of medical staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, clinical nurse specialists & specially trained nurses for the inpatients. The Head of the Academic Unit is Prof. Lucy Wedderburn and the clinical lead is Prof. Paul Brogan. There are a total of 7 consultants. One of these consultants will be in charge of inpatient care at any one time but all hold regular Outpatient Clinics. Adolescents are cared for at the Adolescent Centre at the University College Hospital, and some senior consultant staff work at both sites.

The Clinical Unit is a National Referral Centre for Paediatric Rheumatology and comprises outpatient, Daycare and ambulatory facilities, as well as a 10 bed inpatient unit which is shared with Dermatology, Infectious Disease & Immunology. A clinician's assistant is available to help with administrative work for daycases and inpatients. The clinical fellows & SpRs are responsible for the inpatient unit on a rotational basis, as well as looking after the ambulatory patients, attending outpatient clinics and performing joint injections. The annual inpatient numbers is in excess of 500 and the total number of FCEs is approximately 3,500p.a. There is a wide spectrum of rheumatic diseases seen within the unit with a concentration towards the more complex multisystem inflammatory diseases.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role; through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role attached.

The Person Specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required, both attached.

Person Specification

Our always values


  • Always welcoming - positive, polite, prompt, responsive
  • Always helpful - respectful, supportive, approachable; caring
  • Always expert - Up-to-date knowledge , strive to provide a quality service, proactive
  • Always one team - informative, mindful, appreciative, open, honest

Education, training and qualifications


  • MRCPCH or equivalent
  • Previous core paediatric training
  • Full GMC registration with Licence to Practice or Eligible to register, will need IELTS Certificate with an overall score of 7.5 or Occupational English Test (medicine version) with a minimum score of 'B' in each domain.
  • Research Experience - either working with audits, clinical trials or directly on research projects

Skills and abilities


  • Good communication skills
  • Competent to work without direct supervision where appropriate
  • Good clear logical thinking showing an analytical/scientific approach
  • Experience of clinical risk management
  • Appropriate progression of career
  • Presentation skills
  • Involvement in audit process
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team or on own initiative
  • Excellent IT skills (for example with hospital systems and MS applications
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relations with parents, carers and multi-disciplinary colleagues

Knowledge & Experience


  • General paediatrics in a general setting for at least 2 years
  • Appropriate level of clinical knowledge
  • Shows knowledge of evidence informed practice
  • Shows awareness of own limitations


  • Experience of Paediatric Rheumatology
  • Demonstrates breadth of experience and awareness in and outside paediatrics/medicine
  • Demonstrates use of evidence informed practice
  • Understanding of principle of clinical governance
  • Understanding of the principles of patient confidentiality and data protection

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