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Consultant in Medicine for Older People (Frailty)

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
East Lancashire
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Closing date
11 Feb 2022
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Hospital, Geriatric medicine
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Full Time
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East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is an integrated provider of acute and community care to a population of over half a million. We are seeking consultants with drive, commitment and enthusiasm who will bring clinical leadership to our multidisciplinary teams and provide high quality care to our patients.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who will bring their skills, knowledge and experience to our existing teams, in the continued development of the Medicine for Older People department. You will work closely with colleagues in Acute Medicine and the Emergency Department as well as other specialties and community services. Clinical governance, education, training and research are important to us, and successful candidates will have ample opportunity to contribute.


Main duties of the job This is a full-time substantive post and supports our ongoing comprehensive reconfiguration of services for unscheduled care which involves further development of our front door multidisciplinary frailty service. The successful applicant will share the responsibility for an MfOP ward. They will also support the frail elderly patients on the Older Persons Rapid Assessment (OPRA) Unit, Older Persons Units (OPU) and outpatient clinics. We would welcome subspecialty interests in Parkinsons disease, Community Care of the Elderly, Acute Frailty, Dementia, Ortho-Geriatrics, Surgical Liaison or Stroke Medicine.



About us Our main sites, the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital are both Teaching Hospitals. We have strong links with the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Lancaster and there are opportunities for research and teaching posts. We are actively involved in education for both undergraduates and postgraduates and contribute to the Health Education North West training programme.


In January 2019 the trust opened an Older Persons Rapid Assessment Unit, providing multidisciplinary comprehensive geriatric assessment as part of a developing acute frailty pathway. We are seeking established or aspiring clinical leaders to take this service through the next stages of its evolution.


Job responsibilities



  1. To take a shared role in the development of the geriatric medicine service, in conjunction with the management team and consultant colleagues in the department of Medicine for Older People.
  2. To develop and support sub-acute rehabilitation for geriatric patients in community hospitals and community settings.
  3. To provide an outpatient service in various locations
  4. To provide continued clinical responsibility for the patients under his/her care in conjunction with colleagues in medicine for older people.
  5. To take part in agreed provision of cover for consultant colleagues during leave.
  6. To develop and promote services that minimise hospital stay and maximise opportunities for recovery and independent living.
  7. To participate in medical audit and clinical governance.
  8. To provide professional supervision, direction and training to junior medical staff.
  9. To participate in postgraduate teaching
  10. To attend meetings of the Directorate of Medicine for Older People, Rehabilitation and Stroke.
  1. To be part of the MDT on Older Persons Rapid Assessment (OPRA) Unit with 2 Older Persons Units

It is the responsibility of the appointee to ensure that they maintain their knowledge and skills to the appropriate level laid down for their specialities by the relevant professional bodies (e.g. Royal College, Speciality societies). The trust for its part supports CPD in principle and is committed to providing the necessary time and financial support for such activities, subject to agreed local policies.

This post also carries a commitment to support the management of acute illness in older people with on call commitment for GIM, and care of a minimum of 20 acute older/general medical inpatients.

There is a degree of flexibility within the role and candidates will be supported in specialist interest within geriatrics where this compliments current service availability and service need.

Candidates with areas of clinical special interest will be welcomed and such skills and knowledge will be accommodated whenever possible. Please contact the CD and Directorate Manager to discuss the many exciting opportunities provided in our Trust.

This is a 10 programmed activity (PA) post, with 7.5 PA set aside for Direct Clinical Care (DCC); and 2.5 PA for Supporting Professional Activities (SPA). SPA is important for consultant job satisfaction and includes continuing professional development (in addition to study leave) mandatory training, job planning and preparation for appraisal. This post will contribute to a 1 in 6 weekend cover.


We are looking for talented Medics to join us at all stages of your career.
We are a team of professional and committed people who are all working
together in an open and supportive culture, not just in the field of medicine,
nursing or diagnostics but in every part of the Trust.

We don’t just look at you for who you are now; we look at you for who
you could be in the future.

Develop your potential with us

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