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Consultant Physician in Frailty

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£90,526 to £121,295 a year per annum, inc London Weighting
Closing date
28 Feb 2023

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Hospital, Geriatric medicine
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Full Time

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Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Department: Clinical Gerontology

Full time: 10 PAs


Main duties of the job

The Trust is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, fetal medicine, stroke, major trauma, and Emergency Department.

King's is a key partner in one of London's foremost Academic Health Science Centres, King's Health Partners (KHP). KHP is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England. It brings together a world-leading research-led university - King's College London - and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts: King's College Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas', and South London and Maudsley.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of ourdedicated workforce and join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation for innovation and the desire to make a difference.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable adults and/or children (0-18 years), therefore this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975, and as such, it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities

An exciting opportunity to be part of our dedicated workforce.

The Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) is developing its Care of Elderly Services with the opening of a Frailty Ward and upgrade of Geriatrics in-patient facilities.

The Department of Clinical Gerontology at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), a division of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is looking for an enthusiastic and committed physician with a passion for patient centred, fully integrated Gerontology care to join our friendly, forward-looking team.

The post provides a choice of exciting opportunities, from Acute Frailty to Community Outreach, Orthogeriatrics and Surgical Liaison. Applicants will have the choice of sub-specialty. This includes working across the Acute Frailty Unit on the PRUH site and the new Community Facing Frailty Wards at Orpington Hospital, Movement Disorder Clinic and Falls service. Other specialist areas of interest within Geriatrics are encouraged and can be discussed on application. The post holder will work closely with colleagues in ED, Acute Medicine and will be involved in the unselected GIM take.

There will be many opportunities to help develop clinical pathways within acute care as well as in the community including GP liaison systems and multidisciplinary team working to provide excellent patient-centred care. Applications for job sharing are welcome. We welcome informal visits.

We are currently developing our acute frailty pathway and would particularly welcome applications from candidates with a specialist interest or experience in frailty.

Applicants should hold a CCT in both Geriatric and General Medicine ideally or be a Specialist Registrar within six months of expected date of receipt of the CCT at the time of interview.

The Princess Royal University Hospital and Orpington Hospital are close to Bromley and Orpington town centres which have fast rail links to central London (18 minute journey) in addition to being only 20 minutes drive from the M25. The leafy suburban location is a great place to live and work.

Some recent investments at the Princess Royal University Hospital include: 

  • New dementia friendly Frailty Assessment Unit part of the Fab@Frailty strategy for the PRUH, and partway through ward dementia friendly redevelopment programme.
  • Strong EDI site presence and network across KCH, with local events planned throughout the year.
  • Our site CEO is Chair of One Bromley - a group of public sector bodies across Bromley to work in partnership across the system.
  • New 200 space car park at PRUH site including 40 EVs constructor appointed, build time of 18 weeks, completion August 2022 

For further information please visit:

Person Specification

  • Registerable medical qualification. MRCP or equivalent.


  • Higher degree or diploma (e.g., MD, Ph.D.)


  • Full Registration with GMC and Name on Specialist Register for GIM on date of taking up appointment.
  • Within six months of the expected date of CCT (or equivalent) on the day of interview.
  • Extensive experience in and knowledge of Geriatric Medicine.

Training and Experience

  • Wide experience in all aspects of geriatric medicine and interest in obtaining further qualifications in post.


  • Experience in day to day organisation of geriatric medicine services in a busy Teaching Hospital.


  • Familiar with current structure of Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes.

Management and Leadership

  • Able to demonstrate leadership capability within multi-disciplinary teams.


  • Management course and/or qualification.


  • Thorough understanding of principles of medical audit. Must have undertaken and completed audit projects.

Research and Publication

  • Experience of clinical research. Publication of relevant review articles or case reports. Publication of original research papers. Experience of recruitment to CRN studies.


  • Experience of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and exam preparation.


  • Teaching skills course/ qualification. 

BMJ Ref: BMJ-109151/213-PRUH-2146-O



All about King’s

We are one of London's leading hospitals with a world-class reputation, but our roots lie in the heart of our community.

Every day we care for patients from some of the most deprived communities in the capital and from some of the wealthiest. Our globally renowned specialties – including liver, diabetes and sickle cell – are largely driven by the health problems of our ethnically diverse local community.

King's is also one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals. We train 400 doctors, 275 nurses and 750 dentists each year, in partnership with King’s College London.

We have a reputation to maintain, so we are looking to recruit great people. Whether you work in medicine, nursing, administration, scientific services or patient support, we want you to keep up our high standards… and push them even higher.

A reputation for excellence

By trying new things and working hard, we do more with less: that’s the King’s way. We’ve built our reputation by finding ways to be excellent, even in challenging times. As a result, we are now one of the UK’s largest and busiest hospitals, providing a full range of services for people in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham as well as specialist provision for patients in the South East and further afield.

Our reputation extends beyond London and the UK. King’s is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, blood cancers and fetal medicine.

Making a difference to the community

As an NHS Foundation Trust, we reach out to the community and team up with local councils and groups to improve our services.

From working with police teams to tackle violent crime and anti-social behaviour, to lobbying for improvements to transport, King’s has the reputation and the influence to be more than a local hospital. In partnership with small businesses in the area, we are creating a two-way exchange of local services and skills.

King’s in the media

Our achievements regularly appear in the local and national media. From new surgical techniques to innovations in research, our reputation keeps growing.

The Channel 4 TV documentary 24 Hours in A&E was based at King's. The programme showed how our Emergency Department staff, and other medical and surgical teams across the hospital, worked together to treat seriously ill patients.

Pioneering research

Patients and clinicians come to King’s from all over the world because of our reputation as pioneers in medical research.

Transferring the results of this research from bench to patient bedside is now quicker and easier thanks to the establishment of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

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