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Specialty Doctor Geriatric Medicine

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum DoE plus London Weighting
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Hospital, Geriatric medicine
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust manages adult community Healthcare services across Guildford and Waverley and is actively seeking Specialty Doctors to join our expanding Urgent Community Response and Hospital at Home teams.

We are seeking enthusiastic colleagues keen to develop their skills in managing frailty syndromes and Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment providing urgent crisis intervention to older people in their own homes, including Hospital level acute interventions.

We have a successful internal CESR programme and welcome applicants wishing to be supported in their training towards becoming a substantive Consultant.

This is an exciting time to join this team, as we work to implement our Ageing Well Strategy across the Guilford and Waverley healthcare system. This has supported us in developing a Frailty Same Day Emergency Care facility based in the Acute Hospital, direct conveyance to this unit by working in partnership with SECAmb, a Geriatrician of the Day model providing acute clinical triage and a Hospital at Home service, offering Hospital level care to older people with frailty in their own homes. Opportunities exist to rotate through these pathways to gain broad experience across the integrated pathway. We also have a successful Frailty Academy and all Specialty Doctors are expected wot take part in its activities, to embed education and training across the local healthcare system.

Main duties of the job

  • Have a patient-facing clinical role, delivering direct patient care as part of a 2 hour crisis response and H@H service, delivering urgent Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.
  • To manage a caseload of older people in crisis in the community with oversight from the Consultants and GPSi.
  • To participate in MDT working to support these patients, being flexible and responsive to other team members.
  • Liaise with broader partners in the patient's care, including their usual GP, Social Care, Community nursing and mental health services.
  • To actively participate and champion education and training in older peoples care and frailty.
  • Ensure older people with frailty are cared for in a proactive integrated end-to-end pathway where patients are actively managed through the most appropriate combination of services.
  • To work in the Same Day Emergency Care facility delivering urgent CGA and managing patients directly conveyed by Ambulances to our unit.
  • To actively pull patients in to the unit from the emergency department and the emergency floor.
  • To support the Geriatrician of the Day in managing crisis calls from the community.

Please refer to full job description attached for further details.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than 45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

These posts are Specialty Doctor roles in Geriatric Medicine and Acute Frailty rotating through to work as part of an integrated crisis team based at the Milford Community Hospital site and the acute frailty team based in the Acute Trust. The post holders will work with Consultant Geriatricians, a GPSi in Older Peoples care, nurses, advanced care practitioners, specialist nursing teams, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, mental health practitioners, adult social care and other key system stakeholders to deliver joined up care.

There are 2 posts, working as part of a Specialty Doctor tier, including 1:9 weekend shifts in Acute Frailty.

There are exciting opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in managing older people with frailty, the key frailty syndromes, CGA, MDT working and medical leadership. In addition, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is committed to embedding quality improvement (QI) into all services.

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Full GMC Registration with license to practice


  • Diploma in Geriatric Medicine
  • MRCP (UK)

Knowledge and Experience

  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Minimum of 4 years' post-graduate experience in Geriatric Medicine or equivalent specialty





The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a multi-site acute and community Trust, based in Guildford, which serves a population of more than 336,000 across south west Surrey. We are also a specialist tertiary cancer centre, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to a population of up to two million and a tertiary specialist centre for ENT and Maxillofacial surgery. We attract referrals from across the whole country for other specialties (i.e. urology).

We attract referrals from across the country for some specialties including urology. Our Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (key-hole surgery) is one of only three such training units in the UK. Our patients also benefit from state of the art diagnostic equipment including two MRI scanners, four CT scanners, interventional radiology equipment and a gamma camera. We have one of the lowest mortality rates in the country.

We employ around 4,200 members of staff making us one of Guildford’s largest employers. In addition, the hospital is supported by a thriving group of 500 volunteers all of whom provide valuable services on an independent, voluntary basis. 

We have a great reputation and history of embracing quality improvement (QI) and transformation work – continuously improving is one of our core values. 

The Trust has strong links with the nearby University of Surrey and staff are well supported if they wish to undertake further study. As well as this, staff are able to develop and enhance skills and knowledge by undertaking post-qualification support and training at the hospital’s dedicated Education Centre

Situated on a green field site on the outskirts of Guildford, the Trust has excellent rail and road links (via the A3 and M25) to London (35 minutes) and to the south coast (35 minutes). 

Guildford has great shopping, entertainment and leisure facilities.  The picturesque Surrey countryside is ideal for good walks and outdoor pursuits and has numerous historic village inns. Guildford has a number of schools, both private and state, which cater for all bands of ability. 

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