Consultant in Paediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation

£76,761 – £103,490
10 Sep 2018
07 Oct 2018
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Department: Haematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Royal Bristol Hospital for Children

Applications are invited for a locum post in this large department. The post is available to start with immediate effect. Bristol serves the South West region (approximately 5.5m people) with 130 new Paediatric cancer patients diagnosed each year.  The Paediatric HSCT program in Bristol is one of the largest
dedicated Paediatric programmes in the UK and serves the whole South West region, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme performs approximately 30-35 allogeneic transplantations and 5-10 autologous transplantations per year (autologous transplantations are mainly performed by the oncology team).

There is an extensive shared care network with other tertiary oncology centers in the south west region. Namely, Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridge, Oxford University Hospital, Noah’s Ark Children Hospital in Cardiff, University Hospital of Southampton and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. There are 3 consultants and 1 speciality doctor in the HSCT program. Dr Adam Gassas is the director of the programme and the lead physician for malignant transplantation and is a full JACIE/FACT international regulator and inspector for stem cell transplantation. Dr Michelle Cummins is a haematologist with extensive experience in HSCT and paediatric leukemias. Dr Ponni Sivaprakasam is a Locum Consultant who completed her HSCT training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and Manchester Children’s Hospital, UK and is widely experienced in HSCT. There is also a speciality doctor in the team. 

The department has a full time intake coordinator who is responsible for pre transplant work-up and other administrative communications between referring centres and the HSCT program. There is also, a medical coordinator, usually a trainee registrar/ BMT fellow, who coordinates patients from a medical standpoint and there are 2 clinical nurse specialists who liaise between referring centres, families, regulatory bodies, referring consultants and local consultants. Donor selection, HLA typing and stem cell processing are all supported by the NHSBT, which is located few miles away from the Hospital.

The Trust:
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West. With 8,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services, working in nine hospitals in the centre and to the south of Bristol, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol and beyond.

Our hospitals include: Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Eye Hospital and South Bristol Community Hospital.

The city of Bristol is an exciting place to live and work whether you are looking for culture, shopping, eating out or sport, it’s all here for you.

Trust values: Respecting everyone, Embracing change, recognizing success, working together Everyone at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is valued, whatever their role. We are looking for people that live our values to help us make a difference to the thousands of patients who come to us for treatment every year. Being a member of staff here means treating everyone with respect. It means working together and embracing change to achieve excellence in every part of the hospital. Most of all, it means encompassing a desire to take personal responsibility for ensuring our patients get the highest quality care they deserve.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce.
The post:
The exact responsibilities of the role can be adjusted to reflect the experience of the successful candidate.

This post is a full time Locum clinical post with 10 PAs. Please see the proposed job plan at the end of the JD.

This post is suitable for applicants specialized with HSCT experience, covering all HSCT specific training as described by the current 6th  edition of JACIE/FACT standards. The candidate will also take part in regular teaching/training registrars rotating within the department as per JACIE requirement.

The on-call requirement for the successful candidate will be 1:3 rota for week of attending inpatient duty. The candidate will also be a part of the weekend on-call rota in 1:10 frequency, responsible for all paediatric
haematology/oncology/HSCT patients alongside paediatric Haematology/Oncology registrars being first on-call.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for taking patients under their care during HSCT and their follow-up in clinics and maybe expected to do long term follow-up clinic or combined endocrinology clinics on a monthly basis. The HSCT follow-up clinics are usually two in a month.

More recently, outreach clinics are being explored to review patients regularly –once/twice a year, to benefit patients from distant regions who are being transplanted at Bristol.

For an informal enquiry, please contact either Dr Adam Gassas, BMT Consultant - tel (+44) 117 342 8911). Mobile/Cell +44 (0)7791 486 168. Email:

Or Dr John Moppet, Haematology Consultant Tel: 0117 342 8752 Mob: 07973 508008

Please ensure you check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you throughout the recruitment process. We may also contact you by texting the mobile number, if provided, on the application form. 

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post.

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For further details / informal visits contact:
For an informal enquiry, please contact either Dr Adam Gassas, BMT Consultant - tel (+44) 117 342 8911). Mobile/Cell +44 (0)7791 486 168. Email:

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