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Senior Clinical Fellow in Elderly Care

Barts Health NHS Trust
£37,068 to £57,570 Per Annum
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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As part of the dynamic Care of the Elderly Department at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust, this role plays a pivotal part in providing acute Geriatric Medicine, rehabilitation, and Stroke services. The department, serving a diverse local population of approximately 270,000, aims to deliver high-quality care to elderly patients. The role spans both the Acute Trust and Primary Care Trust settings, involving a range of responsibilities and opportunities

This role will have a focus on leadership, quality improvement and care provision. On the ward the successful candidate will be expected to provide senior house officer level support and care to patients under the guidance of seasoned medical experts. They will be expected to collaborate with a team of experienced consultants and junior doctors and with the wider MDT team with the aim of providing excellent patient care.

A key part of this role is in leadership and improvement, working with other ward staff to improve flow, teamwork and provision of care within the ward. The postholder will have the chance to work closely with senior managers and understand some of the patient related challenges that are faced daily. Formal teaching and guidance on the IQ process will be provided and the postholder will be expected to display a proactive attitude towards identifying and initiating improvement projects. Time will be set aside to allow them to assist and lead on national audits and clinical outcomes reporting.

Main duties of the job

  1. Main Roles and Responsibilities

Clinical Geriatric Medicine Senior House Officer

  • Support Senior Clinicians in providing care to patients across the department
  • To carry out practical procedures and
  • To ensure accurate documentation and ward round jobs are completed
  • To work well with the multidisciplinary team with a shared goal of excellent patient care, including assisting co-ordination of board-rounds

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers. The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients. Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together. We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • To assist operations teams in supporting bed-flow and board-rounds
  • To learn and shadow clinical leaders and gain an understanding of their job roles and what challenges they face
  • Liaise with operational managers on a regular basis (including weekly 1-1s) to bring about strategic alignment between managers and clinicians at all levels


  • To assist with audit data collection and clinical outcome reporting
  • To bring about an improvement culture to the department and ward
  • To take ownership for improvement in all areas of the ward, in particular patient flow.

Summary of Main Opportunities

  • Excellent Clinical Experience due to acuity and diversity of the Newham Population
  • To gain experience in all of the sub-specialties of Geriatric Medicine including: Surgical Liaison, Stroke Care, Falls Services, Continent Services, a Memory Clinic, and Psychogeriatric Liaison as well as gaining wide experience of General Internal Medicine.
  • Dedicated time for Official Training in IQ Process
  • Support to work with leads in quality improvement
  • Scope to innovate and actively improve the service you work in
  • Chance to work with and learn from clinical and managerial leaders
  • To be central in helping improve care provided by the department and hospital
  • Flexible to be able to assist you in your training needs

Person Specification

  • MBBS


  • Full MRCP, or MRCP including PACES


  • Good basic general Medical Knowledge
  • Completion of FY2 or equivalent experience
  • Previous Involvement in QI/Audit projects
  • Experience of working in a team in NHS acute trust


  • Significant Experience at SHO level
  • Previous Geriatric Medicine experience


  • In depth understanding of QI Process


  • Knowledge of national audits
  • Importance of bed-flow, board-rounds and continuity of care within a hospital


  • Skilled at practical procedures e.g arterial blood gases, catheterisation
  • Fluency with Excel


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good Time Management skills
  • Good Undergraduate Record


  • A keen interest in Leadership and Management
  • Previous involvement in research and publications

Personal Circumstances

  • Able travel to and from Newham University Hospital




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