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Trust Doctor StR Lower Ortho-geriatrics/Peri-operative Medicine

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£40,257 a year per annum
Closing date
17 Jun 2023

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We're looking for a motivated individual to join our expanding Ortho-geriatrics team to provide high-quality peri-operative medical care.

Applications are welcome from doctors looking for fixed term exposure as part of their on-going career aspirations and from doctors looking for a more longer term opportunity to hone their skills in this developing field of care.

Main duties of the job

To ensure older patients admitted with fractures and trauma, and undergoing Orthopaedic surgery or non-operative management, receive prompt and high-quality peri-operative medical care timely access to surgery and ensuring high standards are met such as those outlined in the National Hip Fracture Database in order to achieve the best possible outcome for this frail patient group.
About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Attend the Morning Trauma Meetings and liaise with Orthopaedic staff regarding elderly patients with Fractured neck of femur and other Fragility Fractures/Trauma.
  • Review all new Fractured Neck of Femur patients ensuring background information available, seeking collateral history where necessary. Ensure appropriate medication review, VTE prophylaxis, analgesia, falls assessment and bone protection.
  • Provide peri-operative ward-based care for patients following initial review, primarily those with Fractured Neck of Femur.
  • Liaise with Orthopaedic teams to enable timely surgery.
  • Liaise with Anaesthetic colleagues where appropriate.
  • Liaise with families and carers, documenting discussions.
  • Attend MDT to coordinate and document discharge planning, rehabilitation progress and work towards set estimated discharge dates.
  • Arrange and attend family meetings where necessary to improve communication, discharge planning and management of patients with complex issues requiring case conference.
  • Take part in the Orthopaedic ward cover rota on a 1:5 basis at weekends.


Please see job description attached for full details.

Person Specification



  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.




  • Additional related qualifications, eg intercalated degree, BSc, BA, BMedSci or equivalent




  • Ability to identify acutely ill patients




  • Attendance at relevant course Clinical experience working in Healthcare of the Elderly and other acute medical posts Qualification such as Diploma in Geriatric Medicine




  • Communication skills: Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication, and capacity to adapt language to the situation, as appropriate Able to build rapport, listen, persuade & negotiate. Problem solving & decision making: Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems/make decisions, indicating an analytical/scientific approach. Managing others & team involvement: Able to work in multi-professional teams and supervise junior medical staff Ability to show leadership, make decisions, organise and motivate other team members for the benefit of patients through, for example, audit and quality improvement projects Capacity to work effectively with others. Organisation and planning: Capacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively Capacity to prioritise own workload and organise ward rounds Evidence of thoroughness (is well-prepared, shows self-discipline/commitment, is punctual and meets deadlines.) Vigilance and situational awareness:




  • Management and leadership skills: Evidence of involvement in management commensurate with experience Demonstrates an understanding of NHS management and resources Evidence of effective multi-disciplinary team working and leadership, supported by multi-source feedback or other workplace-based assessments Evidence of effective leadership in and outside medicine. IT skills: Demonstrates information technology skills. Other: Evidence of achievement outside medicine Evidence of altruistic behaviour, eg voluntary work Evidence of organisational skills - not necessarily in medicine, eg grant or bursary applications, organisation of a university club, sports section, etc.




  • Research and audit skills: Demonstrates understanding of research, including awareness of ethical issues Demonstrates understanding of the basic principles of audit, clinical risk management, evidence-based practice, patient safety, and clinical quality improvement initiatives Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-informed practice Probity - Professional Integrity Demonstrates probity (displays honesty, integrity, aware of ethical dilemmas, respects confidentiality) Capacity to take responsibility for own actions. Health Applicants must meet professional health requirements (in line with GMC / Good Medical Practice).




  • Research and audit skills: Evidence of relevant academic and research achievements, eg degrees, prizes, awards, distinctions, publications, presentations, other achievements Evidence of involvement in an audit project, a quality improvement project, formal research project or other activity which: Focuses on patient safety and clinical improvement Demonstrates an interest in and commitment to the specialty beyond the mandatory curriculum Teaching: Evidence of interest in, and experience of, teaching Evidence of feedback for teaching.




  • Empathy and sensitivity: Capacity to take in others' perspectives and treat others with understanding sees patients as people Demonstrates respect for all.




  • Vigilance and situational awareness: Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues. Coping with pressure and managing uncertainty: Capacity to operate under pressure Demonstrates initiative and resilience to cope with changing circumstances Is able to deliver good clinical care in the face of uncertainty.


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details
Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Derriford Hospital

Derriford Road



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