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Locum Consultant in Geriatric Medicine (Special Interest in Frailty)

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
7 Jan 2024

Job Details

This post is for a Locum Consultant in Geriatric Medicine with Special Interest in Frailty. This is a whole time post offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Medic to join a dynamic, rapidly expanding team delivering multidisciplinary acute care in Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

Due to the short-term nature of the role/service demand, the successful candidate must hold full registration with the GMC and have existing right to live and work in the UK, at the time of application. Candidates who are not GMC registered or do not hold existing right to live and work in the UK, at the time of application will not progress through shortlisting stage.

Main duties of the job

The Role will require the applicant to be based in Whiston Hospital. The successful candidate will be expected to support the day-to-day clinical management of patients by a full MDT including ACPs, medical staff, therapy and nursing. There will be a weekly MDT and daily board round which should be attended by the consultant during their sessional allocation. The ward also accepts referrals for liaison assessment in other wards (OPAL), and the applicant will be required to support remote assessment of these patients be the medical/ACP workforce and help clinical rationale for transfer onto a frailty ward. Once weekly the applicant will be expected to cover the ambulatory frailty unit for 2 sessions, reviewing patients admitted there from a variety of sources after medical or frailty practitioner review. The applicant should expect to participate with the clinical supervision and development of all of the AHP workforce, and lead by example in setting standards of care.

About us

The Secretary of State has approved the partnership between St Helens & Knowsley and Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.

From 1stJuly we have come together as a single organisation under the name Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk and Newton hospitals.

The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.

Our Vision is to deliver 5 Star Patient Care:
  • CAREthat is evidence based, high quality and compassionate
  • SAFETY that is of the highest standards
  • COMMUNICATION that is open, inclusive and respectful
  • SYSTEMS that are efficient, patient centred and reliable
  • PATHWAYS that are best practice and embedded, but also respect the individual needs of patients

Job description
Job responsibilities

General Duties of All Employees
  • To observe the provisions of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.
  • To actively participate in annual performance review to identify personal development needs.
  • To attend Trust Statutory and Mandatory training sessions as required and any other training courses relevant to the post.
  • To fully comply with the relevant sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The post holder must also understand and implement St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Hospitals Trusts Statement of Policy on Health and Safety at Work and the Trusts corporate Health and Safety Policies and Procedures. The post holder is required to follow all applicable rules and procedures relating to Health and Safety at Work and to take all responsible precautions.
  • To be aware of the confidential aspects of the post. To keep up to date with the requirements of information governance undertake mandatory training and follow Trust policies and procedures to ensure that trust information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively. Breaches of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action that may involve dismissal. You must maintain the confidentiality of information about service user staff and organisational business in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) and Caldicott principles
  • To ensure that when creating, managing and sharing information records, it is done in an appropriate way, subject to statutory requirements and agreed security and confidentiality policies, procedures and guidelines. All employees are responsible for implementing and maintaining data quality, ensuring that records are legible and attributable and that their record keeping is contemporaneous.
  • To be aware of the confidential aspects of the post. Breaches of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action that may involve dismissal. The post holder should also be aware that, regardless of any action taken by the employing authority, breaches of confidentiality could result in civil action for damages.
  • All employees will be treated with respect by managers, colleagues, patients and visitors and equally employees will treat managers, colleagues, patients and visitors with the same level of respect. Employees will be supported to challenge any discriminatory behaviour that may be based on differences in race, disability, language, culture, religion, sexuality, age, and gender or employment status.
  • To be responsible for the prevention and control of infection within their own area. To attend infection control induction training and subsequent mandatory infection control training. To follow all Trust policies, procedures and guidelines relating to infection control.
  • To adhere to relevant Code of Practice of Professional body (if appropriate)
  • The duties contained in this job description are not intended to be exhaustive. The duties and responsibilities of this post are likely to evolve in line with the Trusts continued organisational development.
  • The post holder must be flexible in the duties performed and it is expected that similar duties, not specifically listed above, will be carried out as required and may be across sites.

Person Specification
  • Full GMC registration at time of application
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCP or equivalent medical qualification
  • Valid Advance Life Support (ALS) Provider Status (as applicable)
  • Specialty Certificate Examination in Frailty Medicine
  • MD/PHD or equivalent medical qualification
  • Evidence of achievement of competencies by time of appointment in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice including: o Good clinical care o Maintaining good medical practice o Good relationships and communication with patients o Good working relationships with colleagues o Good teaching and training o Professional behaviour and probity o Delivery of good acute clinical care
  • Demonstrates excellent communication with patients and colleagues
  • Appropriate knowledge base and ability to sound clinical judgement to problems
  • Demonstrates the necessary range, depth and breadth of competencies specified in the Department of Medicine for Older People including Frailty curriculum and applying to this post
  • Demonstrates ability to undertake robust audit and/or research within team structure
  • Evidence of appropriate teaching experience
  • Evidence of relevant academic achievements, e.g. degrees, awards
  • Evidence of relevant research e.g. presentations, publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Is up to date and fit to practice safely
  • Demonstrates clarity in written / spoken communication & capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation
  • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade and negotiate
  • Capacity to use logical / lateral thinking to solve problems / make decisions
  • Capacity to work effectively with others
  • Able to work in multi-professional teams
  • Able to supervise junior medical staff
  • Capacity to take in others' perspectives and treat others with understanding
  • Capacity to manage / prioritize time and information effectively
  • Capacity to prioritize own workload
  • Basic IT skills
  • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues
  • Capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstances
  • Capacity to take responsibility for own actions
  • Ability to travel between sites

Employer details
Employer name

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Whiston Hospital

Warrington Road


L35 5DR

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