Person specification and entry criteria for Paediatrics ST3 2023 recruitment

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Essential entry criteria

Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • success in any 2 of the 3 written MRCPCH papers by offer datei and within the last 7 years

When is this evaluated?ii

  • Application form

 

i The published deadline’ refers to a deadline date set in each recruitment round; Round 1 (30/03/2023) Round 2 (20/04/2023) Round 3 (23/10/2023).

ii  ‘When is this evaluated’ is indicative but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be eligible for full registration with, and hold a current licence to practiseiii from, the GMC at intended start dateiv 
  • Evidence of achievement of paediatric capabilities commensurate with a trainee who has completed ST2, as defined by the Paediatric RCPCH Progress+ curriculum, by point of application
  • be eligible to work in the UK by the intended start date

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

iii The GMC introduced the licence to practise in 2009. Any doctor wishing to practise in the UK after this date must be both registered with and hold a licence to practise from the GMC at intended start date.

iv ‘Intended start date’ refers to the date at which the earliest post commences. For ST3 posts this will normally be the start of August 2023, unless a different start date is specifically indicated in advance by the employing trust/Local Office/Deanery

Fitness to practise

Applicant is up to date and fit to practise safely and is aware of own training needs.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • References
Language skills

Applicants must have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues as assessed by the General Medical Council.v

When is this evaluated?

  • Application
  • Pre-employment health screening

 

v Applicants are advised to visit the GMC website which gives details of evidence accepted for registration.

Health

Applicants must meet professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice).

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Pre-employment health screening
Career progression

Applicants must:

  • be able to provide complete details of their employment history
  • have evidence that their career progression is consistent with their personal circumstances
  • have evidence that their present level of achievement and performance is commensurate with the totality of their period of training
  • have at least 12 months’ experiencevi of working in paediatrics including at least 6 months in Neonatology and 6 months in General Paediatricsvii (not including Foundation modules) by time of application.
  • have notified the Training Programme Director of the specialty training programme within which they are currently enrolled (if applicable) if applying to continue training in the same specialty in another regionviii 
  • not have previously relinquished or been released or removed from a training programme in this specialty, except if they have received an ARCP outcome 1 or under exceptional circumstancesix 
  • not already hold, nor be eligible to hold, a CCT/CESR in the specialty they are applying for and/or must not currently be eligible for the specialist register for the specialty to which they are applying

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

vi Any time periods specified in this person specification refer to full-time equivalent.

vii All experience in posts at any level in this specialty count, irrespective of the country in which the experience is gained.

viii The 'support for application to another region' form, signed by the Training Programme Director of their current specialty training programme confirming satisfactory progress must be submitted to the recruitment office at time of application.

ix Exceptional circumstances may be defined as a demonstrated change in circumstances, which can be shown on the ability to train at that time and may include severe personal illness or family caring responsibility incompatible with continuing to train. Applicants will only be considered if they provide a ‘support for reapplication to a specialty training programme’ form signed by both the Training Programme Director or Head of School and the Postgraduate Dean in the local office or Deanery that the training took place. No other evidence will be accepted.

Application completion

All sections of application form completed fully according to written guidelines.

When is this evalusted?

  • Application form

Selection criteria

Qualifications

Essential

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • success in any 2 of the 3 written MRCPCH papers at time of application and within the last 7 years

Desirable

  • BA, MSc

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Clinical skills - clinical knowledge and expertise

Essential

  • Capacity to apply sound clinical knowledge and judgement.
  • Recognition of, and ability to undertake the initial management of, an acutely ill patient in a neonatal setting.
  • Demonstrable competence of and recognition of safeguarding concerns around children and young people with appropriate escalation.
  • Recognition of, and ability to undertake the initial management of, an acutely ill patient in a paediatric setting.
  • At least 6 months experience in neonatal medicine at point of application.
  • At least 6 months experience general paediatric services by start date.

Desirable

  • Demonstrable competence of training in paediatric and/or neonatal life support.
  • Demonstrable competence of a level 3 paediatric safeguarding course.
  • Potential to develop excellent diagnostic skills.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form

  • Interview/selection centre

  • References
Academic skills

Essential

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Demonstrates an understanding of importance of audit and research and potential to contribute to development in paediatrics.
  • Demonstrates involvement in and understanding of the basic principles of audit and clinical quality improvement project (QIP), clinical risk management, evidence-based practice, patient safety.
  • Can describe the QIP methodology for clinical improvement.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-informed practice.
Teaching
  • Evidence of interest in, and experience of, teaching.
  • Evidence of collecting and reflecting on feedback for teaching.

Desirable

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Evidence of relevant academic and research achievements such as degrees, prizes, awards, distinctions, publications, presentations, other achievements.
  • Evidence of active participation in audit and quality improvement projects.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
Personal skills

Essential

Communication skills
  • Demonstrates clarity in written and spoken communication, and capacity to adapt language to the situation, as appropriate.
  • Capacity to communicate effectively at different levels, for example, with babies, young people and their families.
IT skills
  • Demonstrates information technology skills.
Problem solving and decision making
  • Demonstrates an analytical approach to practice.
  • Capacity to bring a range of approaches to solving problems.
Empathy and sensitivity
  • Capacity to take in others’ perspectives and treat others with understanding.
  • Ensures that everyone is listened to and respected.
Managing others and team involvement.
  • Able to work in multi-professional teams.
  • Ability to show leadership, make decisions, organise and motivate other team members for the benefit of patients through, for example, audit and quality improvement projects equal to level of experience.
  • Capacity to work cooperatively with others and work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team.
Organisation and planning
  • Capacity to achieve a balance between urgent and important demands.
  • Capacity to manage and prioritise time and information effectively.
  • Capacity to prioritise own workload and organise ward rounds.
Vigilance and situational awareness
  • Capacity to monitor acute situations that may change rapidly.
Coping with pressure and managing uncertainty
  • Capacity to manage acute situations under pressure.
  • Demonstrates initiative and capacity to cope with changing circumstances.
  • Is able to deliver good clinical care in the face of uncertainty by using all team members.
Values
  • Understands, respects and demonstrates the values of the NHSx (such as everyone counts; improving lives; commitment to quality of care; respect and dignity; working together for patients; compassion).

Desirable

Management and leadership skills
  • Evidence of interest and experience in management and leadership.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of NHS management and resources.
  • Evidence of effective multi-disciplinary team working and leadership, supported by multi-source feedback or other workplace-based assessments.
  • Evidence of effective leadership in and outside medicine.
Other
  • Evidence of achievement outside medicine.
  • Evidence of altruistic behaviour, for example, voluntary work.
  • Evidence of organisational skills – not necessarily in medicine, for example, grant or bursary applications, organisation of a non-medical club, sports section and so on.

When is this evaluated?

  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Probity – professional integrity

Essential

  • Demonstrates probity (honesty, integrity and awareness of ethical issues).
  • Capacity to take responsibility for own actions.

  • Understands importance of advocacy, children’s rights, safety, confidentiality and consent.

When is this evaluated?

  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Commitment to specialty – learning and personal development

Essential

  • Understanding and awareness of particular requirements and demands of working with children and their parents.
  • Shows initiative/drive/enthusiasm (self-starter, motivated, shows curiosity, initiative).
  • Demonstrable interest in, and understanding of, the specialty.
  • Commitment to continuing personal and professional development.
  • Evidence of attendance at organised teaching and training programme(s).
  • Evidence of self-reflective practice.

Desirable

  • Extracurricular activities and achievements relevant to paediatrics.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References