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Senior Clinical Fellow in Frailty

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£33,790 to £53,132 a year per annum
Closing date
25 Aug 2022

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Hospital, Geriatric medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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This post is for a Senior Clinical Fellow in Frailty. This is a 12 month fixed-term post with a full time working pattern offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated doctor to join a dynamic, rapidly expanding team delivering multidisciplinary acute care in St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals.

Applicants must be eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of application.

Main duties of the job

Bevan Court facility provides inpatient care for the cohort of people who attend due to an acute need, some of whom don't have ongoing acute medical needs but rather need MDT reablement and discharge planning support. The successful appointee will be available to support the MDT in the ongoing management of chronic conditions and emergent issues.

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust provides services across two main sites at Whiston Hospital and St Helens Hospital. The Trust operates on an annual budget in excess of £200 million, has in excess of 800 beds and employs approximately 4,000 clinical and non-clinical staff.

The Department of medicine for Older People (DMOP) delivers care in 2 inpatient geriatrics wards (5A and 5B), a frailty unit, community frailty services for St. Helens, Knowsley and Halton, and Urgent Community Response services for St Helens, 2 intermediate care units (Duffy based at St. Helens hospital and Newton cottage hospital), as well as the Hyper acute (HASU) and acute stroke units (ASU) (5C and 5D). We provide in-patient and out-patient care for a range of conditions presenting in the older person and our consultants offer specialist interests and expertise in falls, orthogeriatric, surgical liaison, frailty, dementia and delirium, movement disorder and stroke. We work closely with colleagues throughout the trust as the majority of inpatient work involves the frail older person.

About us

A £338 million (PFI) investment has re-built and modernised both Whiston and St Helens Hospitals, resulting in modern state of the art health care facilities for the treatment and care of patients. St Helens Hospital was completed in 2008 and Whiston Hospital in 2010. The hospitals include 887 inpatient beds with state of the art CT and MRI facilities existing on both hospital sites. CT and MRI scanners at St Helens have also recently been upgraded including installation of a high field 3 Tesla MRI scanner. The DEXA scanner is also located at St Helens Hospital.

The Trust provides a full range of acute inpatient, outpatient, day case and emergency services to local communities of St Helens, Knowsley, parts of Halton and Liverpool. The Regional Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit also extends its services to the whole of Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

As a Trust, our aim is to provide a high quality service to all patients. We strive to meet the best standards for professional care whilst being sensitive and responsive to the needs of individual patients. Our valued workforce is recognised for their unique skills and talents with our teams of experts winning national awards on a regular basis.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Contribute to the Frailty service at Whiston/St Helens Hospitals

Support the management of patients at Bevan Court 2

Participate in the initial assessment and management of patients on in AED, frailty ambulatory assessment and the acute frailty unit, depending on the need on Bevan Court 2

Liaise with other members of the clinical team and other specialties

Work Closely with the Consultants FY1s, CT Trainees and ANPs about management of patients

Develop skills in managing the wards to avoid unnecessary patient delays and maintain good clinical care to all patients.

To participate in clinical audit and activities.

To participate in continuing professional development. Study leave is to be negotiated. Educational supervision will be provided.

To maintain a portfolio of training.

To comply with Trust policies and procedures, have (and maintain) GMC registration /licensing.

Person Specification

  • Applicants must hold full registration with the GMC at the time of application
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • ALS Certification


  • MRCP
  • Evidence of higher learning (to Masters' level or above)
  • Speciality Certificate in Geriatric Medicine

Knowledge & Experience

  • A minimum of four years' experience of a broad range of medical/surgical specialties
  • Two years' experience as a core medical trainee or has equivalent experience and competencies
  • Experience of working in geriatric medicine
  • Understanding of Audit
  • Evidence of active participation in audit
  • Understanding of Research
  • Evidence of contributing to teaching and learning of others


  • Active participation in research projects


  • Significant experience of applying sound clinical knowledge and judgment and prioritise clinical need
  • Experience technical competence/diagnostics skills and judgment required
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, capacity to communicate effectively and sensitively to others, able to discuss treatment options with patients and their families in a way they can understand
  • Aware of own limitations


  • Judgement to work under pressure, capacity to work effectively under pressure and remain objective in emotive/pressurised situations
  • Able to perform at a high level within a multidisciplinary team


BMJRef: BMJ-88396/409-4423982



St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of nine in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – Inspection August 2018
  • Best in the NHS, Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment 2017 and 2018
  • The Trust achieved top marks in the country for areas including; cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity, facilities for patients living with dementia and disabilities, conditions, appearance and maintenance of the hospital buildings.
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in England (NHS Staff Survey 2017 and 2018)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2018 the Trust scored the highest marks in the following areas;

  • Positive organisation culture of safety
  • Quality of care
  • Staff engagement
  • Staff morale
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Providing a safe environment for staff

Our staff rated our Trust as the best place to work and receive treatment. The Trust has also been recognised, for the third year running, as being the top acute Trust in the entire country for staff engagement, staff motivation, and pride in the quality of care we provide to patients.

Find Us
0151 290 4566
Whiston Hospital
Warrington Road
L35 5DR
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