The Southampton University Hospitals Paediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit currently serves a population of approximately 5 million people living in Southern Central England. We work in close collaboration with congenital cardiac colleagues at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford as part of a Congenital Cardiac Network.
Integrated cardiac and cardiac surgical services are provided for all age groups at Southampton General Hospital. The department is fully co-located with adult cardiac services and a supra-regional tertiary specialist children’s hospital.
The cardiac unit is an integrated facility comprising of a modernised children’s cardiac ward (with 20 beds and high care facilities), a purpose–built 18 bedded ‘level 3’ Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, 119 adult cardiology / cardiac surgical beds, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), cardiac theatres, catheterisation laboratory, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and dedicated hybrid suite.
Training through to CCT is undertaken in accordance with the current Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) paediatric cardiology curriculum and specialist training in ST7/8 can be offered within HEE Wessex in Advanced Echocardiography, MRI & computerised tomography (CT), Cardiac catheterisation, Fetal cardiology, Electrophysiology and Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).
Congenital cardiac staffing includes 8 consultant paediatric cardiologists, five ACHD consultants, three consultant congenital surgeons, eight middle grade positions (including three NTNs) and four ST1–3 posts. Out-of-hours middle grade cover is provided on a 1:8 on-call basis (non-residential after 9pm) with dedicated senior house officer ward cover overnight during weekdays. The rota is fully compliant with the new contract.
There is an active teaching programme and the unit is recognised for its supportive nature and the quality of the training it provides. Participation in the joint paediatric cardiology conference, Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) meetings and clinical audit is required and research encouraged, with close links to the university and biomedical research unit on site.
Applicants requiring further information are encouraged to contact Dr Nicholas Hayes, Programme Director, or Dr Kevin Roman, Departmental Lead on 02381 205920.