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Consultant - Geriatric Medicine/Frailty


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Elderly Medicine (Frailty)
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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Department name
West Herts - Medical Staffing
Medical Care of the Elderly
£82,096 - £110,683 London Fringe - £149 per annum
Salary period
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There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust!

Major redevelopment works are due for completion by 2025 or soon after. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

There are also plans for a digital transformation, new models of care and a multi-storey car park. As well as this, the trust – which won the UK Best Employer Award (Nursing Times 2019) – is applying for teaching hospital status in recognition of its wide and well-renowned role in educating doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.



Job overview

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust wishes to appoint a Substantive Consultant Geriatrician with an interest in Frailty.

Main duties of the job

Consultant in Frailty

The post will involve providing an acute geriatrician consult to the emergency department and the acute assessment unit and assessing appropriate patients identified & admitted to the frailty unit, which is geared towards same-day discharge or shortened length of stay.

Working for our organisation

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute healthcare services to a core catchment population of approximately half a million people living in west Hertfordshire and the surrounding area.

We offer a range of more specialist services to a wider population, serving residents of North London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and East Hertfordshire.

It has three hospitals (Watford General, St Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital). The trust also manages an outpatient physiotherapy unit at Abbotts Langley. The Watford site is by far the biggest and is the focus for the trust’s emergency and specialised care. The trust provides a range of more specialist services to a wider population, serving residents of north London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and east Hertfordshire.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The successful applicant will join a friendly and dedicated team consisting of a Consultant Geriatrician, nurses, therapists and junior doctors, who provide a Monday-Friday service. In time, an older person rapid assessment unit is planned for patients who are identified in the community as at risk of imminent hospital admission and in need of a comprehensive geriatric assessment.  Applicants wishing to visit and learn more about the service are welcome to email gemunu.cooray@nhs.net to arrange a time. 

The successful applicant will also have responsibility (shared with existing Consultant) for a 12-bedded Dual Frailty Unit ward for older patients with cognitive impairment as well as medical problems.  There is a well-established Delirium Recovery Pathway to facilitate early discharges in these patients and regular input from a dedicated old-age psychiatrist. 

It is also expected that the successful applicant will be part of GIM and duty Geriatrician on call duties.

Person specification

Your application will be scored against the Person Specification

Essential criteria
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Dr Tolu Adesina
Job title
Clinical Director
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Additional information

Applicants wishing to visit and learn more about the service are welcome to email gemunu.cooray@nhs.net to arrange a time. 

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