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Neonatal Respiratory Research Senior Clinical Fellow

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,068 to £57,570 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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We look forward to a Senior Clinical Fellow joining our multidisciplinary St George's neonatal Ventilation Team led by Dr Sandeep Shetty.

The postholder must be skilled and enthusiastic with extensive neonatal experience in tertiary level neonatal units. This post is most suited to doctors who have finished their neonatal training, are close to finishing or have extensive experience in tertiary neonatal units. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate substantial interest in neonatal ventilation and neonatal respiratory research.

This post is either 6 or 12 months long and taking applicants for September 2024 or as soon as available to commence.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will lead on neonatal respiratory research and quality improvement projects, have opportunities to present at conferences leading to publications and gain tertiary level neonatal medical and surgical clinical experience. The neonatal unit's Ventilation Team was nominated for a BAPM (British Association of Perinatal Medicine) award in 2022 under Best Local Project category for its innovative respiratory support care. The team comprises of neonatal nurses, nurse educators, ANNP's and medical physicists.

About us

The unit currently has 12 intensive care cots, 12 high dependency and 16 special care cots. We have over 500 admissions/year (excluding transitional care) and > 12,000 cot days per annum. 40% of babies are in-utero or ex-utero transfers and over a quarter of all admissions have a surgical condition. 8% of babies are < 27 weeks gestation. We care for all conditions requiring intensive care support, except complex cardiac and ECMO cases. Available facilities include conventional and high frequency ventilation, neurally-adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA), inhaled nitric oxide, echocardiography, POCUS, complex imaging and neuroimaging, CFM, EEG, and up to three cots for therapeutic hypothermia. Other specialist paediatric services include infectious diseases, respiratory medicine with long term ventilation, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, radiology, neurology, genetics, endocrinology, community paediatrics, ENT, plastic surgery, orthopaedics, haematology, oncology and gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, as well as a visiting cardiologist. We work closely with the fetal and maternal medicine department who provide a supra-regional service in fetal medicine.

Job description

Job responsibilities

St. Georges is a busy London surgical tertiary neonatal unit that works closely with its nationally commissioned specialist Fetal Medicine Unit. We offer all modes of respiratory support and are the only UK neonatal unit to offer Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist(NAVA) ventilation and non-invasive ventilation (NIV) to all infants. NAVA provides synchronized proportionate inflations by detecting electrical activity of the diaphragm via a modified nasogastric tube. From June 2019 we implemented NAVA such that all our respiratory support devices have since been replaced by SERVO-n Maquet Getinge ventilators, the only device on the market that delivers neonatal NAVA. A comprehensive programme has successfully delivered the project, made it routine care (QI Storyboard: Introducing NAVA | British Association of Perinatal Medicine ( The neonatal respiratory service collaborates with the Paediatric Respiratory team, fetal and paediatric cardiologists, neonatologists certified in echocardiography who also perform POCUS including lung ultrasound.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Full registration with GMC
  • MBBS, MRCP or MRCPCH or equivalent


  • Ideas for a research project.



  • Tertiary neonatal experience in the UK.
  • NLS provider
  • NHS experience


  • NLS Instructor



  • Sound experience of advanced neonatal procedures.


  • Enthusiasm to teach skills to others



  • Higher knowledge in neonatology
  • Child safeguarding
  • Willingness to learn
  • Evidence of involvement in multi-disciplinary audit
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance issues


  • Formal audit training
  • Formal risk training



  • Ability to work in a Multi disciplinary team
  • Commitment to continuing medical education
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Flexible approach


  • Supportive nature
  • Ability to self motivate and motivate others

Employer details

Employer name

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St George's University Hospital


SW17 0QT

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