Paediatric Surgeon

Country
Uganda

Required languages
English

Type of contract
Paid – 6 months

Necessary requirements
Paediatric Surgery Specialization; at least 3 years of experience in Paediatric Surgery Hospitals.

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This role requires a complete and autonomous management of Paediatric Surgery procedures and the sharing of clinical responsibility in postoperative treatment.

BACKGROUND AND ORGANISATION OF WORK

The International Paediatric Surgeon supervises and supports fellow surgeons of the local staff in performing their surgical activities and takes care of their training. On occasion, an international resident physician (Paediatric Surgery) will be present to support clinical activity or research. The Paediatric Surgeon is responsible to the Medical Coordinator, who is in charge of the management and organisation of the project.

The main areas of work are:

  •  OPERATING THEATRES: 3 Paediatric Surgery Rooms (emergency or in election) according to the admission criteria
  • PAEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT: 6 beds
  • WARDS: 66 beds of which 16 of sub-ICU

He/she is is usually present in the hospital from 08 to 16, 6 days per week, but is always available for intra-hospital emergencies. Daily activity includes ward round, work in the Emergency Department and Operating Theatres. The team is completed by local and international Operating Theatre specialists – anaesthetist, anaesthetic technicians, theatre nurses.

The Paediatric Surgeon organises the rota of the local staff in his/her area of responsibility, guaranteeing staff coverage 24/7.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

All EMERGENCY international personnel are expected to know and follow the hospital admissions criteria, guidelines, protocols, and the diagnosis and treatment standards in use in the Centre, and to ensure the correct compilation of clinical records and statistics in both computer and paper formats.

The main duties and responsibilities of the international Paediatric Surgeon are:

  • · Management of surgical procedures;
  • Participation in the post-operative care and clinical management of surgical patients;
  • Tutoring (if any) resident doctors;
  • Assisting in clinical research and record keeping as required by the scientific programmes of the specialist sector of the Medical Division of EMERGENCY.

Clinical activity and decisions regarding patient treatment must always be discussed and shared with the Medical Coordinator, national and international medical and surgical colleagues, and the national and international nursing personnel.

MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING OF LOCAL PERSONNEL

Clinical activities and patient care are always carried out alongside and in collaboration with local personnel, who thus benefit from training in the field. There is also provision for more specific teaching activities, managed by the international specialists, in accordance with the clinical protocols in use and as agreed with the Medical Coordinator.

CASELOAD AND EQUIPMENT

The technological level of the equipment present in the Centre is suited to the clinical and managerial protocols in use, and the level of professional autonomy of the national staff, with the aim of achieving – and sustaining – high standards of care. Diagnostic equipment, basic laboratory tests, technical and auxiliary services are always available.

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN PEDIATRIC SURGERY – UGANDA

In February 2017, the construction of the Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery in Entebbe, Uganda begun and it will finish in 2020.

The Centre will offer free treatment of excellence in Paediatric Surgery; it will be a reference point for Ugandan patients and children with surgical needs (up to 15 years of age) from all over Africa. Entebbe Hospital will be the second structure of ANME (African Network of Medical Excellence), the “Health Network of Excellence in Africa” created in 2009 to develop free healthcare systems of excellence in the continent.

The Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery will put into practice our healthcare model based on the principles of Equality, Quality and Social Responsibility (EQS). As confirmed by World Health Organization data, Uganda is still a long way from achieving the Millennium Goals on reducing child mortality.

40% of Uganda’s population is under 15 years old, but there are only 3 Paediatric Surgeons in the country for a population of 45 million. Infant mortality under 5 years of age is 55 children per 1,000 living at birth and 30% of deaths of patients over 5 years of age are due to lack of surgical treatment.

The hospital will have 72 beds, 3 operating theatres, a 6-bed paediatric intensive care unit and all the diagnostic and auxiliary services necessary for its operation, such as laboratory, blood bank, pharmacy, canteen, laundry.

Initially, the admission criteria will be as follows:

  • General Paediatric Surgery;
  • Paediatric Urology;
  • The following are excluded in this first phase: Neonatal Surgery, Emergency and Trauma Surgery, Oncological Surgery and Specialist Paediatric Surgery.

GUIDELINES, PROTOCOLS AND EQUIPMENT

Further information on the guidelines, protocols and clinical services relevant to the post along with details of the instruments and equipment available will be provided at interview and during the period of preparation for the mission. The general requirements and conditions apply to all the international staff.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Medical Degree;
  • Specialisation in Paediatric Surgery;
  • Professional experience of at least 3 years in Paediatric Surgery hospitals;
  • Interventions list appropriate to the professional and training path (especially as first operator).

REQUIRED AVAILABILITY

6 months overseas stay including a period of leave to be taken at the end of the mission in agreement with the coordinator. Shorter missions may only be considered for specific needs as defined by the organisation.

HOW TO APPLY

We're not currently short listing new candidates for this specific role: no vacancies are available at the moment. Visit our website regularly for updates.

For inquiries or clarifications (not for applications): fo.recruiting@emergency.it.

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