Consultant Physician in Elderly Medicine with interest in Frailty x3

Luton, Bedfordshire
£77,913 to £105,042 pa
25 Feb 2019
24 Mar 2019
Geriatric medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

We are entering an exciting period of development within Elderly Medicine at The Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Due to new pathway development and investment we have four exciting Job opportunities for Consultant Physicians in Elderly Medicine.

Luton is leading the way for frailty as a key element of an Integrated Care System (ICS) as part of the BMLK STP. At the heart of this is an ambition from all service providers to deliver high quality, joint-up care wrapped around the patient. Our ICS is the first in the UK to become Research Active, collaborating with the University of Bedfordshire, which means that policy directions and service models such as Luton’s Frailty Framework, are developed to meet the needs of our Older Adults in the most appropriate and cost-effective way.

The Trust has recently received an overall Good for services at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital following its recent CQC inspection, and was recently announced the only hospital in the country to meet all of the key targets.

Applications are invited for the above full time posts for this 650 bed acute hospital serving a local population of approximately 400,000. This appointment will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of service for the 2003 consultant contract (England)

The Directorate of Elderly Medicine is within the Division of Medicine, this is broken into three distinct areas, Acute, General & Elderly Medicine (Non-Elective), Emergency Medicine & Specialist Medicine (Elective). Both in‑patient and out‑patient services are based at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

The Clinical Directorate of Elderly Medicine is supported by 5 WTE Consultants and their junior teams. We are currently going through a transition and Elderly Medicine will have two Complex Medical wards of 60 beds and a Frailty Unit at our front door within Medical Short Stay. Our Consultants also manage patients on our Infection Control ward and our Rehabilitation ward. Complex elderly clinics are provided on-site at the Luton & Dunstable with Consultants specialising in Diabetes, Falls, Syncope and Parkinson’s supported by specialist nurses as well as general elderly medical clinics. We are moving towards a hot clinic approach to support the Trust changes in delivering Needs Based Care and Integrated Care, ensuring patients are seen at the first opportunity.

The Medical Directorate has thirty-five consultants in medicine and sub-specialties together with 4 Consultants in Acute Medicine who look after the Acute Care Unit.

The Hospital has always been renowned for its friendly atmosphere and good working relationships. Ongoing developments are now enabling a considerable expansion in facilities, staff and hence services offered. The Trust has University Hospital status with UCL and the Royal Free providing an opportunity to strengthen our teaching and R&D programmes and brings a more academic environment to the hospital. Our links for undergraduate students also include Cambridge Medical School and we have an excellent reputation for junior staff training.

The Hospital has easy access to central London and the rural Chilterns. The rural areas include many attractive villages and towns within easy reach of the Hospital including St Albans and Harpenden. Excellent schools are found nearby. There is also very good access to the Midlands and London by road using the M1 or A1, or by rail to one of Luton’s three stations. A direct link using the new ‘Busway’ takes passengers from Luton Train station just 7 minutes to reach a stop within a short walking distance of the hospital. London Luton Airport is within fifteen minutes drive from the hospital.

Candidates unable for personal reasons to work full-time are invited to apply.

Residence is required within ten miles by road or up to thirty minutes travelling time of the hospital. 

Applicants must be fully registered on the UK General Medical Council’s Specialist Register. Specialist Registrars may apply if within 6 months of obtaining CCT at the date of interview.

The appointment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidate prior to commencement.

Please note that all shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a pre-interview assessment process involving the completion of an on-line personality profiling assessment, followed by a 1-1 session, a written exercise and a group assessment event at the hospital. These will be scheduled prior to the interview date; all shortlisted candidates must attend these appointments.

Closing Date: 24th March 2019

Assessment Date: To be confirmed

Interview Date: 3rd May 2019


For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr M Didi, Clinical Director for Elderly Medicine on 01582 491166 / and/or Dr S Wijayasiri, Consultant in Elderly Medicine on 01582 491166 or

Alternatively, please click the apply button to apply.

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