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Senior Research Fellow in Paediatric Intensive Care

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£55,329 to £63,152 per annum
Closing date
17 May 2024

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Applications are invited for PICU Research Fellows (Registrar ST3+ equivalent) in Paediatric Intensive Care at Southampton General Hospital commencing August / September 2020.

No prior experience of PICU or research is required, but a minimum of two years of either paediatrics (including neonates) OR anaesthesia OR ICU is essential. This post will be split approximately 50% clinical on PICU on the registrar rota, and 50% in the research to role to provide day to day care for children undertaking clinical trials in the Paediatric Critical Care setting. Some flexibility will be required.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Clinical Role: Southampton PICU is a 16 bedded mixed intensive care unit admitting around 1000 patients each year. We are the regional referral centre for Wessex and run the combined Southampton Oxford retrieval team (SORT) service for the Wessex / Oxford network, moving around 500 critically ill and injured children per year.

Our case mix includes cardiac, ECMO, neonatal and neurosurgical cases as well as the full range of general and paediatric sub-speciality work. We are the Wessex paediatric major trauma centre, with a dedicated paediatric emergency department on site. The successful applicant will form part of the middle grade rota for PICU, which includes shifts for the retrieval service. Full retrieval training will be provided for those without paediatric transport experience. We run a comprehensive induction and training programme for all staff starting PICU. This is a great opportunity for trainees wanting PICU experience before progressing with training or before taking substantive consultant posts.

Research Role: University Hospital Southampton is consistently among the highest recruiting NHS Trusts for all NIHR commercial and non-commercial research including interventional studies. The Southampton National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is the operational centre of translational research at the University of Southampton (UoS) and Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). The CRF operates to support research across all specialities and brings together all areas engaged in clinical translational research (including the current Southampton NIHR CRF, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and NIHR CRUK Experimental Cancer Research Centre). The NIHR CRF is part of a national network of CRFs with adult and paediatric capability.

The primary role of this post is to provide day to day care for children undertaking clinical trials in the Paediatric Critical Care setting. In addition, the Fellow may be asked to assist in the running of other clinical studies and trials for patients. By arrangement this may be outside of the primary speciality. The post holder will therefore be expected to engage as appropriate with all aspects of the development and conduct of studies, including the submission and maintenance of regulatory documents, the recruitment of subjects and providing medical cover. You should work to ensure that all studies are conducted to Good Clinical Practice.


Full GMC Registration


Minimum 2 years experience in paediatrics or anaesthetics or intensive care medicine (ST1-2 equivalent) or previous experience on PICU

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • Full GMC Registration
  • APLS or EPLS


  • MRCPCH or FRCA or FFICM (any part of exams)
  • NLS
  • GIC (any course)
  • POCUS qualification
  • Medical Education Qualification

Previous or relevant experience


  • Minimum 2 years' experience in paediatrics or anaesthetics or intensive care medicine (ST1-2 equivalent) or previous experience on PICU


  • Experience in transport of critically ill patients
  • Neonatology or paediatric anaesthesia

Aptitudes and skills


  • Able to prioritise workload/tasks
  • Extensive practical skills
  • Competent vascular access
  • Ability to delegate effectively
  • Analytical mind
  • Ability to teach
  • Works well under pressure
  • Team player
  • Dependable and able to adapt working practice
  • Probity


  • Intubation experience neonates and children

Living the Trust values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO16 6YD

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