Clinical Fellow (Higher) in Emergency Medicine/ Intensive Care/ NCCU

Clinical Fellow

Main area
Emergency Medicine
Clinical Fellow
Fixed Term
Full Time
Job ref
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£31,931 - £48,123 per annum
21/01/2018 23:59



Applications are invited for Clinical Fellows (Higher) for a combined post in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine or Neuro-Critical Care, starting from 07 February 2018 for a period of 12 months at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH).

Six months will be spent in each specialty and space permitting, the successful candidate may tailor the ICM experience to their learning needs by opting to work on the John Farman ICU or the Neurosciences and Trauma Critical Care Unit (NCCU).

The posts are part of the middle grade rota so candidates must have at least two years post-registration experience in acute specialties that have regular contact with critically ill patients, ideally with at least 6 months at ST3 level or above.

These posts are particularly suitable for candidates considering out of program experience from their base specialty at intermediate, or advanced level of ICM or EM training, or those requiring additional post-CCT experience in a major teaching hospital. Trainees from a Medicine, Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine or Surgery background are all equally welcome.

John Farman ICU

The John Farman ICU at CUH is a 20 bed mixed level 2/3 ICU, run by a group of twelve enthusiastic Consultants. The unit admits 1000 patients each year and we have a diverse and interesting case-mix that gives ample opportunity for high quality Critical Care training. We provide Critical Care services for all specialties except Neuro-Intensive Care, Major Trauma and Cardio-Thoracics. This includes Intensive Care for a range of regional and national specialist services including liver, multi-visceral, small bowel and haematological transplantation. We achieve excellent quality and outcome measures. The Intensive Care team is also responsible for the Rapid Response Team which cares for deteriorating patients throughout the hospital; ICU middle grade doctors also rotate through the RRT rota. Every trainee is allocated an educational supervisor and there is an on-going educational program which has received excellent feedback recently.

As well as an amazing clinical experience, opportunities exist for training/experience in other areas of interest such as management, echocardiography, bronchoscopy and education. The Intensive Care Unit is involved in a number of multi-centre research studies, as well as its own program of research, and trainees are welcome to contribute to this work.


The Neurosciences and Trauma Critical Care Unit (NCCU) is a 23-bed critical care unit providing specialist Neuro-Intensive Care and general Intensive Care facilities for regional (East of England) Trauma, Neurology, Stroke and Neurosurgical services covering a population of approximately 2.5 million. It was the first centre in the UK recognised for specialist training in Neuro-Intensive Care.

In addition to its clinical functions, NCCU provides the infrastructure for world leading research in brain injury, Neurosciences and Intensive Care Medicine.

The unit is recognised by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (UK) for all levels of ICM training and specialised ICM training. Clinical Fellows practise alongside ST and academic trainees on the NCCU and come from a wide range of backgrounds (including Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Emergency Medicine) and have a range of clinical expertise. It is desirable that applicants to this post have previous critical care experience. The duties of post holders are adapted to their learning needs and as such those with extensive and less extensive critical care experience can be accommodated.

These posts provide outstanding learning opportunities in specialist Neurosciences Critical Care and Trauma Care, as well as a good grounding in the more generic aspects of critical care.

Emergency Department

The Emergency Department is the Major Trauma Centre for the 13 District Hospitals in the East of England and is the biggest Emergency Department in the region seeing over 100,000 adult and paediatric patients a year. There is extended supervision with consultant presence from 08:00-02:00 and 24/7 middle-grade shop-floor presence. The Emergency Department offers numerous training opportunities including EM ultrasound, airway skills, RSI, procedural sedation and focused trauma training.  There is ample opportunity to get involved in multi-centred research and quality improvement projects. 

The successful applicant will be treated like all other trainees, be assigned an Educational Supervisor, be able to attend the weekly teaching program and entitled to appropriate study leave. The post provides excellent experience for application to higher specialist training and several previous post-holders have been appointed to run-through training. Experience gained in these posts could be counted in future towards training applications through the CESR-CP pathway.

The applicant must meet the following criteria:  MBBS or equivalent, full registration and licence to practice with the General Medical Council, completed a foundation program or equivalent and have at least 2 years’ experience in an acute medical or surgical specialty including experience with critically ill patients.

For Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visas, the trust abides by the regulations laid down by the GMC and British Government. Applications from candidates who require a work permit to work in the UK may not be considered if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates.

The applicant must have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English that enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013).  Non-UK applicants must possess the IELTS exam before obtaining a GMC licence to practice.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Emergency Department please contact Dr Diane Williamson, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

John Farman ICU please contact Dr Stephen Ford, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine

NCCU please contact Dr Andrea Lavinio, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine

If you have problems applying, contact

01223 596301