We are a small but close-knit department who are keen to provide excellent care for the older patients within our catchment area. We have been developing systems and strategies for implementing and improving evidence-based practice relating to: acute admissions, stroke, dementia, and fractured neck of femur. We are keen to expand on this as personnel allow.
We are recruiting to increase the number of consultant geriatricians from 3 to 6 and are keen to appoint and support the right colleagues to continue this work. We are consequently prepared to be flexible about the departmental arrangements in accommodating the appointee’s sub-specialty interests and expertise. Both substantive consultants are aware of the challenges of balancing family life with working in the NHS.
The department is actively involved in research and we are launching a new collaboration with UCL to run a project (DELPHIC) analysing the effects of delirium on cognitive and functional outcomes. The trust has participated/is participating in PDMED, PDGEN, PDCOMM and PDREHAB.
These new posts will participate in the overnight medical on-call rota on a 1:13 basis Monday to Thursdays only, daytime on calls are provided by the Acute Medicine department until 8pm. Specialty weekend working will be incorporated into the job plan with Saturday and Sunday working (8-5) on 1 in 6 weekends. After working at the weekend the consultant will have 1 day in lieu off which can be taken flexibly if desired. There is no overnight on-call commitment on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. On week days post-take review of new admissions to geriatric medicine beds will be part of the role. Annual leave will need to be coordinated within the department to ensure all roles can be covered with the expectation that all consultants would be able to have a 2 week holiday in the summer.
Herefordshire has the advantage of having one acute provider and one CCG. This allows close working relationships. The CCG is very supportive of Geriatric Medicine as Herefordshire has higher than average number of elderly. There is a Herefordshire Frailty Forum and we were in cohort 4 of the Acute Frailty Network. The trust has 1 PFI central DGH and 4 locality-based community hospitals.
Wye Valley NHS Trust is set in the heart of Herefordshire, a county which offers a unique quality of life combining the benefits of city living with a country lifestyle. Nestling in the shadow of England’s border with Wales, within Herefordshire’s varied landscape you can discover a bustling cathedral city, fine market towns, picturesque villages, ancient castles and churches, areas of woodland and agricultural areas that include cider apple orchards and hop yards. There are excellent schools, both state and independent. The major towns and cities close to Herefordshire, such as London, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cardiff, Malvern and Stratford, as well as the two neighbouring cathedral cities of Worcester and Gloucester, are all easily accessible by road and rail.
To discuss this further or arrange a visit please contact:
Dr Emma Wales, Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Lead, tel. 01432 355444 extn 5478 firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are by CV or through NHS Jobs - please search for 229-MDMS74
Closing Date: 17 October
Interview Date: 16 November 2018