In August 2017 there will be a 1 year Paediatric Cardiology special interest post, with an additional 1 year post available from February 2018, which are for the training of existing paediatric trainees according to the RCPCH approved SPIN module in Paediatric Cardiology (available from the RCPCH website for information).
These posts are initially being offered to the School of Paediatrics rotation grid for Yorkshire and Humber trainees. If appointable applicants are not attracted to the position from within the training programme, the posts will be nationally advertised.
The posts are targeted at Level 3 trainees, ST6 and upwards only, but would be most suitable for those in ST7 or ST8. This would allow the trainee to spend time in the latter portion of their training maintaining their exposure and interest to cardiology in preparation for appointment to a PEC position.
These posts are directed towards those trainees who wish to pursue a career as a paediatrician with an expertise in cardiology (as per the SPIN module assessment criteria) but may also be relevant for neonatology or paediatric intensive care trainees wishing to broaden their experience in cardiology. Once trainees are appointed to the role they will need to prospectively apply for their SPIN approval via the TPD for Paediatrics to the Specialist Advisory Committee for Paediatric Cardiology.
Level 2 Paediatric doctors may register their interest by applying and if appointable could be held in a queue until ST7 or St8. However, in reality, it is likely they will be asked to apply again at a later date in their training
Experience at level 1 post (ST1 to ST3) in Paediatric Cardiology is not an essential criterion for appointment. The posts are non-resident on call for Paediatric Cardiology (with no general paediatric on call commitment) and are currently within a 1 in 6 shift pattern. All appointments would be for a period of 12 months