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Consultant Geriatrician

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year p.a, pro-rata.
Closing date
30 Aug 2022

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Hospital, Geriatric medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Dorset HealthCare is seeking to welcome a new community consultant geriatrician, or a doctor with a specialist interest and extensive experience in caring for people with increasing frailty, to our team. This is a part time post of 7.5 sessions per week with Dorset Healthcare, with further sessions likely to be available with Dorset County Hospital.

We would love to hear from you to discuss how together we might be able to tailor your dream job.

We offer a generous relocation of £10,000 if you are interested in moving to our beautiful county, outstanding support and development, and a focus on flexible working, and designing our roles around you and your specialist interests.

Main duties of the job

This role will support an innovative service delivery model in which the successful candidate will work alongside primary care, multi-disciplinary community teams and acute care colleagues and provide clinical leadership to ensure high quality responsive care in Community Hospitals and in people's homes.

The West Dorset Locality (Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport) is a proactive integrated 'forward thinking' team, who work together to achieve true integration, always having the patient at its centre. The team provide assessments and treatments for inpatients on our wards. They support our community teams by undertaking domiciliary assessments and participating in a virtual ward management of local patients, which is integral to the local service that supports frail and elderly patients to remain in their own home.

If you are not a consultant but are interested in this role, please do get in touch so that we are able to discuss the role in more detail with you.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description
Job responsibilities

- To provide a consultant level service, with a flexible, autonomous approach in an innovative and evolving service. The overriding principle of this service is to provide care as close to home as possible, through integration with all professional stakeholders including mental health, acute, community and primary care services

- To provide consultant level clinical input to identified community in-patient beds, and to agreed integrated locality hubs.

- To provide clinical leadership in the development of Westhaven, Bridport and Mid Dorset integrated locality hubs, participating in the management of a virtual caseload.

- To provide clinical support to the community teams working as part of the integrated locality hubs. This includes the clinical supervision of the doctors and Advanced Nurse Practitioners managing patients as part of the integrated locality hub.

- To provide specialist support to local GPs in the management of frail, elderly patients, including, where necessary, domiciliary assessment, step-up admission or clinic review.

- To participate in in-patient and hub multidisciplinary team meetings as part of routine clinical work. Alongside this, to participate in regular ward rounds and MDT meetings both on the wards and in the community hub.

- To ensure prescribing practice complies with policies and the formulary agreed by the Trust taking into account national and local guidance. The In Possession Medication Policy must be adhered to at all times with appropriate risk assessments being carried out and documented as necessary.

Person Specification

  • General medical Qualification e.g. MBBS, or equivalent and hold a Licence to Practise.
  • MRCP
  • Specialist Register for Geriatric Medicine


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • Additional clinical qualification


  • Must be in possession or within 6 months of possession of a CCT in Psychiatry or on Specialist Register in Psychiatry.
  • On Specialist Register in Geriatric Medicine


  • Experience of medicine outside geriatric medicine

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wider medical knowledge.
  • Make decisions based on evidence and experience including contribution of others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Teaching Experience
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within the NHS or comparable service.

Dorset HealthCare Values

  • Proactive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy, and positive

Management Skills

  • Understand the importance of working with managers in the interest of good patient care
  • Able to manage priorities
  • Evidence of management/Leadership skills training


  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff

Leadership Skills

  • Understand principles of leadership and give examples of leadership in own practice.
  • Able to provide clinical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team.

Clinical Governance

  • An understanding of the importance of Clinical Governance in the NHS organisations and importance in patient care
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation

Self Awareness

  • To have an understanding of own strengths and weaknesses and how these attributes affect professional functioning.

Supervision of Junior medical Staff

  • Knowledge of requirements for supervision and appraisal of junior medical staff.
  • Approved educational supervisor training

Research and Audit

  • Experience of carrying out an audit project
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication
  • Ability to supervisor junior medical staff undertaking research projects


  • Published audit project
  • Ability to critically appraise published research


BMJRef: BMJ-86996/152-ME15.22



Dorset Healthcare is a dynamic and forward-thinking Trust delivering both hospital and community based care. We serve a population of nearly 800,000 people and employ around 6,000 outstanding staff. We are the largest provider of heathcare in Dorset and our services continually evolve and develop to meet the needs of our community.

As well as a wide range of professional challenges, Dorset offers the opportunity for an outstanding work/life balance, with great weather, stunning countryside, picture-postcard villages and award-winning beaches.

There are also excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities. Good transport links offer speedy access to Southampton and London in the east, and Bristol, Devon and the West Country.

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