Care Of The Elderly Medicine Consultant Physician

Gloucester, Gloucestershire
£76,761 to £103,490
10 Jul 2017
01 Aug 2017
Geriatric medicine
Career Level
Contract Type

Care Of The Elderly Medicine Consultant
Physician – Community And Interface (Front Door) Geriatrics
2 posts

A new and exciting career opportunity is available to join a dynamic, progressive, friendly and supportive team in the delivery of medical care to our frail elderly patients. 

In developing our future vision for the management of this vulnerable patient group across our county, we have secured funding for two new consultant posts, based within both the Gloucestershire Community and the Acute Trust. 

These posts offer the opportunity to join our successfully established and growing Older Persons’ Assessment and Liaison (OPAL) Service and work on the new Acute Frailty Unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and also to develop and deliver high quality dedicated specialist Geriatric Medicine services to localities within the Gloucestershire community. 

These posts will be split roughly 50:50 between OPALS/the frailty unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and dedicated Community work. 

The OPAL Service is growing in strength since conception earlier in 2015, improving the services we offer in managing the presentation of the acute frail elderly. Positive working relationships with the Emergency Department and our Acute Medicine colleagues are enhancing changes in culture and developing better working practices, supported by a multidisciplinary Integrated Discharge Team based at the front door. A new dedicated Acute Frailty Unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital is planned to open in August 2017.   

The foundation behind future departmental and countywide plans is to provide a cohesive, integrated elderly care service across the county. Our ambition is to continue to expand our team over the next five years to further develop the OPAL service in the trust, and also to develop and expand our community based services in order to deliver Consultant Geriatrician led support to all the localities throughout the county of Gloucestershire. 
Within the trust there are also plans to develop a new Older Person’s Surgical liaison Service, and continue to expand our services in: Orthogeriatrics, Stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Falls.  

Gloucestershire is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the potential for a very positive work life balance. 

Quality is paramount and our vision is long-term, so the right job role can be tailored to the strengths of the individual if successful at interview.
This post has widespread support from NHS Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust as well as Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Candidates applying for these posts will have the opportunity to develop existing skills and contribute to the knowledge pool by teaching and supporting other clinical and non-clinical team members. 

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in April 2002 and became a second wave Foundation Trust in July 2004. It includes Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital. Gloucestershire is well known for its natural beauty, cultural and leisure activities.  The county has many excellent state and private schools as well as colleges of higher education and its own university.  There are good rail and road access to Bristol, Birmingham, South Wales and London.

Whole-time, part-time or job share applicants are very welcome.  Re-location expenses, flexible working arrangements and support with childcare are available. 

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact Dr Andy Monro, Clinical Lead Care of the Elderly, tel: 03004 226455 or Dr Geraint Fuller, Specialty Director for Stroke, Neurology and Care of the Elderly, tel: 03004 226497.

To apply, please click the apply button quoting reference number. 

You should also attach a CV to your online application form. 

Closing Date: 1st August 2017. Anticipated Interview Date:  29th August 2017