Consultant Paediatric Haematology Recruitment Campaign

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Are you a Higher Specialist Trainee in Paediatric Haematology who is seeking to start a career as a Consultant? Or are you an existing Paediatric Haematology Consultant looking to extend and advance your career? At the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), we have opportunities that are ALL HERE FOR YOU

Who we are

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (opened July 2009) is one of the largest purpose built Children’s Hospitals in Europe. More importantly, we’re proud of our integrated health, teaching, research and innovation campus in the thriving city of Manchester, that offers a unique range of services to our diverse communities across the North West and beyond.

Support is the cornerstone of everything here. Join MFT and you join an organisation that cares for everyone. Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Salford, Trafford and beyond, we pool our knowledge, skills and resources to be the best for our patients, and each other. Everyone plays their part in providing outstanding care. And everyone has the opportunity to grow in a diverse, endlessly supportive environment where supervision is taken incredibly seriously.

Manchester is a great northern city, home to two of the world’s greatest football teams, and close to Liverpool for the very best, Test cricket, Oasis, the Stone Roses and the Hallé Orchestra as well as some of the best schools in the UK.  The Lake and Peak District national parks are within easy reach.

What we offer

RMCH is one of the largest paediatric BMT centres in the UK and performs about 50 allogeneic grafts per year. As well as a regional transplant service for the children of the North West of England, it is also a specialist referral centre for children with inherited metabolic diseases, and a commissioned CAR-T centre. It recently performed its first stem cell gene therapy transplant in metabolic disease, and this is expected to be an increased activity area in the next years.

Existing structure

There are currently four consultants in the leukaemia and BMT service, with the aim of increasing this to six. The team is research active with many active areas of clinical research interest including cell and gene therapy in metabolic diseases, and cord blood transplant in haematological malignancy. It is co-located with the University of Manchester, and there are many opportunities for translational research and laboratory collaborations.

Currently two consultants look after the benign haematology service (with the aim of increasing this to three). The haemoglobinopathy and hemostasis services are the largest units outside of London with over 400 registered haemoglobinopathy and over 400 registered inherited bleeding disorders. Manchester has been recently appointed the sickle cell coordinating centre for the North West and Thalassaemia coordinating center for North England.

Support & development 

We’ll support you at every stage of your career to open doors and keep growing. Our new consultant development scheme is really strong for our newly appointed consultants and there’s a well-developed Professional Development programme in house, including bespoke sessions and case presentations. Alongside this is an annual series of academic/training days delivered from MFT. We support all consultants engaging with this CPD programme as well as encouraging research, service development and national committee appointments.

You’ll find that our drive to support you to be the best you can be happens all year round – with excellence reports, appraisals, revalidation, accreditations and so on. Ultimately it boils down to this: we’ll offer you a career’s worth of learning, development, challenges and opportunities across the speciality of paediatric haematology.

Before you apply

If what we’re saying resonates with you, we’d love you to apply. But before you do, take a look at our people videos. Here you’ll find MFT doctors talking about the roles, working environments and opportunities on offer here so you can see for yourself why our Trust is the best place to start your career.

How to apply

The application process couldn’t be easier, simply search our vacancies here:

It’s important to read the Job Description and Person Specification in full and if it’s a role that really lands with you and you feel you’d find a rewarding career here, based on your qualifications, skills and experience, please submit an online application.

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Diversity Matters

As an organisation we are truly committed to being an employer of choice that recruits and develops staff fairly so that talented people choose to join, remain and develop within the Trust. Our aim is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels and we therefore positively welcome applications from the diversity of population we serve. Equal opportunities is a key guiding principle to all our work including that our recruitment practices provide equal access to all.


Why Should I join the RMCH Paediatric Haematology team?

The Paediatric Haematology service is one of the largest and most dynamic in the UK, leading many clinical developments in the field. Any applicants would have a range of opportunities to flourish in their chosen area of expertise as the team is at the forefront for research, clinical trials and stem cell therapies. In addition, to be a doctor at MFT is to be part of something special. As the UK’s largest NHS Trust, with a leading integrated health, teaching, research and innovation campus in the thriving city of Manchester, we offer a unique range of services to our diverse communities across the North West and beyond. We offer the opportunity to work across a range of job roles, which means that you can spend your entire career here, should you want to.

How will MFT look after me?

Staff Support – Our self-referral service is open to all staff and offers individual counselling and therapy for personal and work-related issues.

Health & Wellbeing – We deliver a range of services including Fitness for Work support, rapid access physiotherapy, emotional resilience and wellbeing training, immunisation and vaccination programmes.

Full and part-time training and career development – We’ll give you a personal development plan and review your progress annually to make sure you’re always taking your career forwards.

Flexible Working – We’re committed to developing a flexible workforce that can adapt to the changing needs of the NHS. If you want to work flexibly, we’ll do everything in our powers to make it happen and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.  This will depend on the nature of the role and the requirements of the service/team.

Staff Networks – We’re committed to our equality and diversity policy and run three staff networks: our Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network, our Disabled Staff Network, and our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network.

Rewards Team – We have a dedicated team who can offer you advice on Parental and Family support and with a bespoke internal intranet site where you will find lots of interesting information of benefits and discounts.

Staff Discounts – Our Trust offers a range of discounts to include gyms, restaurant and bars, hair and beauty, travel and much more.

Salary Sacrifice Scheme – We run a scheme which you can use part of your salary against a non-cash benefit which brings about savings for you– this can be used against  set schemes we have in place for cars, bikes and accessories, car parking & day nursery

Interest Free Travel Loans/ Discounted Travel – We offer interest free travel loans, enabling you to purchase an annual ticket for the Metrolink, Train, and Buses. You can also purchase a discounted weekly or monthly Stagecoach bus ticket

On site Nurseries – you can pay for this facility through our salary sacrifice scheme:

Day Nursery – First Steps Day Nursery is based on our Oxford Road site for children aged 6mths to 5 years

Kids Planet Day Nursery – based on our Wythenshawe site for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years


Do you offer a bespoke package for newly qualified consultants?

The move from trainee to newly consultant is a particularly crucial stage in your journey to becoming an experienced practitioner. And we know that it can feel challenging and overwhelming. That’s why we offer all the support and opportunities you need to fulfil your potential, through our newly appointed consultant programme. We also encourage all newly appointed consultants to arrange a mentor from any of our existing consultants or someone of your choice from outside the Trust. We will help you do this if needed.

Consultants are expected to engage with a CPD programme.


Who could I speak to for more information on the posts?

We encourage potential applicants to arrange telephone calls or video calls with:

  • Professor Rob Wynn, BMT Programme Director
  • Dr Denise Bonney, Leukaemia and CAR-T service lead
  • Dr John Grainger, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist and lead for non malignant haematology
  • Professor JP Kilday, Clinical Director of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology.

For those applying to join us, interviews will be arranged following shortlisting and will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

Last but not least 

When you join us, we want you to live a happy, fulfilled, rewarding, enjoyable career with us. We will help you be your best.  We want you to respect everyone and strive for excellence, acting as a team player, supporting your colleagues where honesty and integrity really matter but above all, putting the patient at the very heart of everything you do.

Wherever you are in MFT, you’ll find it all here for you.  And if you want more, we’ll aim to provide you with the training, support and development to grow your skills and knowledge and be the best you can be; not only you, but for all the patients and their families we care for.