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Consultant Geriatrician

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Herne Bay, Kent
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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East Kent Home Treatment Service is an innovative Multi-Disciplinary Team providing hospital-level treatments for people at home. The team has developed over 7 year and continues to adapt. We provide CGA, IV treatments, bedside diagnostics, medication reviews; with oxygen & nebuliser therapies when appropriate. A great opportunity to increase clinical skills further for those living with frailty in the current context of increased virtual ward models. We have great links with Acute and Paramedic trusts; an opportunity to deliver patient-centred care requiring a mix of creativity, clinical and communication skills to deliver this. 

Shifts run from 08:00 to 18:00 and 10.00 to 20.00,  7 days a week. The team meets at base or online at the start and end of shift; with additional check ins. Visits are planned and some are visited in pairs depending on need. There are trust vehicles but access to a car is key. You have a huge amount of clinical equipment and expertise within the team allowing you to provide a 2-hour community response.

An opportunity to maintain acute medical skills while expanding community medicine knowledge-base. 

Previous experience of hospital at home virtual ward working is not required but an understanding of these roles is preferred. 

Main duties of the job

This post is for a Consultant Geriatrician working within the Community Frailty Service at KCHFT. The role involves working in collaboration with partners including Primary Care, Secondary Care, Social Care, Mental Health and Commissioners to expand services for frail patients in the community The community frailty service across KCHFT currently consists of geriatric consultants, Specialty Doctors, Consultant Practitioner, GPs, advanced frailty practitioners (ACPs) and trainee ACP’s. 

This is a developing service and further members of the team will be considered. There is a clear commitment to work closely with the acute trust (EKHUFT) to collaborate and share to improve services for patients with frailty.

Awaiting RCP approval of the JD 

Additional Working Pattern: Full-Time/ Part-Time will be considered

Working for our organisation

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC. We’ve got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

We’ve signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. From September 2022, the minimum salary we’ll pay is £10.90 per hour (excluding apprentices). The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we’re delivering our pledge to be the best employer

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we’re reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We’ll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place virtually on the 6th March 2023.

Find out more about the community difference here.

Good luck! We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person specification

Essential criteria

Professional qualifications (MRCP, MRCPCH by examination or equivalent).
CCT accreditation within area of speciality
Full GMC registration.
On the GMC specialist register or within 6 months of CCT.

Desirable criteria

Community experience

Essential criteria

Understanding of role of other professionals and partnership working
Evidence of continued relevant professional development and implementation in practice within the last 12 months
Proven ability to develop effective partnerships to achieve practical outcomes across organisational boundaries including statutory organisations, external agencies, community and voluntary organisations

Desirable criteria

Evidence of research and/or audit publications in peer reviewed journals

Skills & abilities
Essential criteria

Excellent clinical skills within area of speciality
Ability to manage time and priorities effectively and work under pressure to meet deadlines
Ability to work effectively with a variety of people at all organisational levels across different sectors including areas of social deprivation
Ability to apply sound clinical knowledge within area of specialit
Demonstrates experience in making clinical decisions and managing risk. Knows when to seek help, able to prioritise clinical need
evidence of practicing safe innovative clinical care and evidence of productive multidisciplinary team working

Desirable criteria

Displays management & financial competence

Personal attributes
Essential criteria

Strong leadership & co-ordination skills with ability to direct & organise teams
Able to communicate clearly, avoiding jargon, with a range of different people
Builds strong & effective relationships with patients, families & colleagues with the ability to gain their trust & confidence
Ability to cope with considerable pressure as well as to adapt to constant change & new demands
Demonstrates energy, enthusiasm & initiative in pursuing innovation and the highest standards for patients, juniors, others, colleagues & the organisation
Demonstrates an awareness to fully engage in appraisal. Self-awareness and ability to accept and learn from feedback
Meets professional health requirements in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice

Ability to manage
Essential criteria

Ability to manage and lead change and inspire and develop forward thinking
Innovative, willingness to meet new challenges and to pioneer new ways of working


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