Consultant in Medicine for the Elderly

NHS Tayside
29 Nov 2021
24 Dec 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for an MFE Consultant post to join the Medicine for the Elderly Team in Dundee. The opportunity has arisen due to the recent retirement of a Consultant colleague within the Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee.

Dundee has a diverse geriatric model covering hospital services from an Acute Frailty Team and Acute Medicine for the Elderly Unit (AME Unit) as a separate ward in the Medical Admission Unit of Ninewells hospital, a 44 bedded geriatric assessment and rehabilitation unit in Ninewells Hospital. Out with the acute hospital we have flourishing community care models which includes community hospitals such as The Royal Victoria Hospital as a centre for step-down rehabilitation assessment. We have a strong community presence and support Enhanced Community Support (ECS) with regular GP practise-based MDT meetings supported by the designated locality consultant, polypharmacy initiatives.

At the heart of our model is locality working where the team concentrate on the care of older people in one of the four specific Dundee localities or GP clusters. This delivers population continuity of care across in-patient and the community so as an MFE consultant you are enabled to manage the care of the same frail person in the community, at outpatients and while an in-patient throughout an older persons life. It is a very holistic and rewarding model to work in. Maintaining our cluster based working is key to maintaining our high quality care for older people in Tayside, and we are looking for a candidate to join this innovative team. The successful candidate can mould their own job plan around work in The Royal Victoria Hospital, with the opportunity to essentially develop areas of interest such as Parkinson’s Disease, Orthogeriatrics, Surgical Frailty, Community Geriatrics (Hospital at Home) etc.

The Medicine for the Elderly team has a strong consultant group. The Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Tayside have an ambitious Strategy for Older People which demonstrates commitment to this population. We are supported by a great team of career grade doctors, as well as 9 MFE Advanced Nurse Practitioners and two nurse consultants. This level of support allows each consultant to function at the senior level we aspire to and lead in care delivery to our respective populations, without necessarily having to individually deliver all the vast amount of care needed.

The consultant post will be tailored to an applicant’s needs, and areas of specialist interest.  Candidates can work fulltime or part time. Weekend and evening working is available, as is out of hours. These can be optional. We are truly flexible.

NHS Tayside is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

For informal enquiries please contact: Dr Douglas Lowdon, Tayside Medicine for the Elderly Clinical Lead, 01382 660111, Bleep 6214 or 07989 609379 or email;   or Dr Louise Burton, Clinical Lead for MFE Dundee, RVH and Community. 01382  660111, bleep 5436 or 07843098466 or email;

Short-listed applicants will be contacted by email. Please check your emails regularly, including your junk/spam folder.

Closing Date for Applications is 24th December 2021

Interviews will be held on 10th January 2022.             

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