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Locum Consultant Geriatrician

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£82,096 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
8 Feb 2022

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Hospital, Geriatric medicine
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Full Time
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2 Locum Consultants in Care of the Elderly

Hours: Full-time/part-time options

Job Type: 6-12 months

Salary: TBC

Location: Bristol Royal Infirmary

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the care of the elderly/stroke team at the BRI.

The post holders will support the care of complex, frail elderly patients on our re-established Older Persons Assessment Unit plus our core care of the elderly wards.. The job plan may include up to one outpatient clinic per week which could include rapid access slots.

Our friendly and dynamic team consists of 14 consultants and we have established services in movement disorders, syncope, stroke, ortho-geriatrics and bone health. We also have newly established and rapidly developing services in front door frailty and cardiology liaison (PULSE). We also have close links with the University of Bristol for those that are interested in education or research.

Bristol is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and work in the UK, often described as 'little London', with high quality housing and schools, a thriving restaurant and theatre scene and excellent transport links to London, the South West coast and the great outdoors.

Main duties of the job

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust wishes to appoint 2 Locum Consultants with an interest in Geriatric medicine. These are full time or part time replacement posts for up to 12 months - applicants wishing to work as part of a job share or less than full time are encouraged to apply. The post will be based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. The post holder will support the care of complex, frail elderly patients on our Older Persons Admissions Unit (OPAU) and on one of the core care of the elderly wards. We will also be looking to support any applicant's specialist interest. Our team of Elderly Care and Stroke physicians includes 14 consultants. The model of care provided by our Care of the Elderly Service continues to develop and expand. It is an exciting time to be joining our team -with plans to further develop the model of care for frail elderly patients including our services in areas such as Stroke, Frailty, Orthogeriatrics and Parkinson's - we are keen to support the successful candidate in developing their specialist interest.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, with a workforce of over 13,000 staff and 100+ different clinical services across 10 sites, serving a population of over 500,000 people across Bristol and Weston. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to patients. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust, committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact.

Join us and you can enjoy city living, be in the countryside or by the seaside, with easy access to all the South West offers. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

As an equal opportunities employer, actively working towards a diverse workforce, we aim to create a workforce that represents the diversity of our community and are committed to designing our services around the needs of patients and their loved ones. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Please note: If you are considering applying for a role with the NHS it is important that you are aware that it is a legal requirement to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, by the 1st April 2022 for all patient facing roles and roles within patient facing areas including incidental contact (unless validated as medically exempt).

Job description
Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies relating to administration of patient care. This includes working to set timescales for the triage of referrals, the completion of discharge summaries prior to patients being discharged, following the specified process for the management of patients that do not attend (DNA) their appointment or admission, and the completion of all paperwork deemed necessary to support the management of their patients within agreed timescales. Consultants are also expected to work with service managers and clinical colleagues to manage their caseload in a flexible way, to ensure clinical, national and local priorities, such as maximum waiting times for referral to treatment, are achieved.

Person Specification
Knowledge and Experience

  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in relevant specialty
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision



  • Evidence of a special interest and expertise that complements those of other consultants in the department and is consistent with the Trust's service strategy

Skills and Abilities

  • Up to date knowledge and experience of relevant specialty
  • Knowledge of NHS priorities with reference to specialty



  • Broad range of IT skills

Additional & Aptitudes


  • Ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances
  • Awareness of personal limitations
  • Demonstrates the 4 Trust values
  • Meets professional health requirements
  • Willingness to travel to and work in other sites necessitated by the role



  • Ability to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national levels

Qualifications and Training

  • Full and specialist registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) or
  • Eligible for specialist registration within six months of interview or Holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or evidence of within six months of award of CCT or equivalent by date of interview


  • Higher academic qualification

Clinical Governance and Audit

  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation
  • Positive approach to evidence based practice
  • Participation in continuing professional development (CPD) scheme and, where relevant, evidence of participation


  • Knowledge of the principals involved in research
  • Evidence of involvement in research
  • Evidence of peer review research papers


  • Ability to increase the academic profile of the department.

Management & Leadership

  • Evidence of management training and evidence of learning from it
  • Ability to organise efficient and smooth running of a specialist service
  • Ability to cope with and effectively organise the workload of a consultant
  • Ability to practice independently as a consultant
  • Ability to take on responsibility and show evidence of leadership
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with setbacks


  • Demonstration of knowledge of NHS management structures
  • Management experience
  • Interpersonal, communication and team working skills


  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, clinical colleagues, support staff and other colleagues.
  • Good knowledge of, and ability to use, spoken and written English.
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multi-professional basis with all levels of staff both within and across divisions
  • Ability to be a flexible team member


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