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Locum Consultant in Geriatrics

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Geriatric medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Do you have an interest in Geriatric Medicine?

We are currently rebuilding our substantive Geriatric Consultant team, which you could be part of. This is a great opportunity for consultants who hold a CCT to start immediately with a view to becoming substantive. We will also welcome applications from non-CCT doctors and we will provide the opportunity of support with your CESR application or other educational requirements. We offer opportunities to work in sub specialist interests, which will be discussed with you at interview.

To attract the best applicants, we have put together a significant remuneration package.

  • In addition to your salary, we are offering an additional 5,000 payment for each of year of tenure - up to a maximum of two years.
  • We will offer a relocation package and additional support to you and your family especially if you are appointed from overseas.
  • There will be flexible working opportunities as well as being able to undertake agile working.
  • Where we can during the tenure of the contract there will be options to undertake funded opportunities in either education or research.

Main duties of the job

We are one of the largest Acute trusts in the UK with specialist services in Acute frailty, virtual ward, falls, dementia and orthogeriatric.

As part of an investment to improve and develop our geriatric/ frailty facilities within the Trust, we are looking for enthusiastic innovative professionals to be part of the journey to lead and shape our team, so we can succeed in becoming one of the best Geriatric units in the country.

Joining as a consultant in BHRUT, you will play a crucial role in delivering success across the Clinical Group which consists of 8 Acute Elderly wards and 2 frailty units.

The post holder will have a base ward, in one of the Acute Elderly Units, and will be supported and responsible for the supervision of junior medical staff including trainees. The successful post holder will be supported to undertake formal training in educational supervision.

In addition to acute elderly ward, the successful post holder will also participate in the Acute Frailty Unit to deliver early comprehensive geriatric assessments and management of our elderly care admissions to ED.

About us

Under the leadership of our Chair Jacqui Smith and Matthew Trainer, our Chief Executive, we provide care for the residents of three of the most diverse London boroughs. More than half of our 7,500 strong workforce are from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and most live in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. We also provide healthcare services to people in south west Essex, and specialist neurosciences services to the whole of the county.

Our services include all the major specialties of large acute hospitals, operating from two main sites - King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen's Hospital in Romford. We also provide outpatient services at Brentwood Community Hospital, Barking Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic, and Harold Wood Polyclinic. We have two of the busiest emergency departments in London.

As we recover from Covid-19, we're proud to be leading the way nationally in reducing the time our patients wait to get the treatment they need. The pandemic provided the drive for our teams to innovate and change.

We know we have more work to do to improve waiting times for urgent and emergency care, and our performance against the four-hour emergency access standard remains challenged, in comparison to many other London trusts.

We are particularly proud of our regional Neurosciences Centre Radiotherapy Centre Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and dedicated breast care service at King George Hospital. We're also pleased to be part of the NEL Cancer Alliance.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Acute Frailty Unit functions as a medical assessment unit specific for older patients. There is a full dedicated MDT and junior medical support. There is a morning and afternoon MDT board round handover, followed by medical review of frailty unit patients. All patients on the frailty unit have their care led by the geriatricians on duty and specialist referrals are well serviced by visiting specialties including cardiology, haematology, etc as needed.

The post holder will contribute to the development of the Frailty Service, establishing an effective multi-disciplinary team, to provide early comprehensive geriatric assessment and management to meet the needs of frail older patients at BHRUT.

The post holder will build on the existing good relationships with primary and community care services, in order to identify risk factors for our frail and elderly patients, to be signposted to services that will support them to maintain their independence.

The job plan is anticipated to contain 10.6 Programmed Activities per week, consisting of 7.85 DCC + 2.75 SPA. There is also a 1:8 weekend commitment and the hours are resident Saturday 08.00 20.00 and Sunday 08.00 16.00. The consultant will be given 1 day off in lieu post weekend working. The out of hours commitment (weekdays and weekends) is remunerated additionally as 1 PA.

To find out more about the key responsibilities, the specific skills, experience you'll need to make an informed decision to apply for this role, please refer to the Job Description & Person Specification within the attachments. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information you'll need to be aware of before you submit an application.

Our team are looking for a skilful and passionate colleague with broad Geriatric Medicine expertise and an enthusiasm for change and service development, as we continue to develop the key components of our integrated system of care within frailty.

If you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us. We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress.

Please contact Khalid Haque via email should you require an informal chat.

Person Specification

  • Sufficient experience at consultant level working in Medicine
  • Full registration with the General Medical
  • Completion of 12 years Medical work since obtaining primary Medical Qualification


  • Presentations or papers in Geriatrics and Frailty or sub specialty
  • Shows ability to work with and lead others across professions
  • Development of evaluations / audit /protocols / clinical improvement initiatives




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