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Consultant Gerontologist with Special Interest in Acute Frailty

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£95,828 to £128,443 per annum incl. London Zone Allowance.
Closing date
16 Apr 2024

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We welcome interest for this Consultant Gerontologist role with a special interest in acute frailty. This is a new role with the potential for professional growth in service development, clinical leadership and medical education. The Princess Royal University Hospital provides acute care to a significant number of frail and older patients. It is well-recognised that the London Borough of Bromley has the largest population of older people and this is predicted to increase by 35% in 2035. Therefore, it is crucial that Gerontology team matches this demand in terms of workforce numbers and skill. There is a collective commitment to fully integrate frailty services across care providers in the borough of Bromley which led to the development of the Acute Frailty Assessment Unit in 2021. This service has grown in workforce and maturity over the last 2 years and has been recognised as a regional exemplar of high-quality frailty care.

The clinical team in Gerontology are a passionate and experienced team with a wide range of sub-speciality interests including Movement Disorders, Orthogeriatrics, Acute Frailty, Integrated + systems frailty, Delirium & dementia.

Adult Medicine is a dynamic and forward-thinking Care Group supporting the specialities of Gerontology, Stroke Medicine and Palliative Care Medicine with an ambitious 2-year strategy to pioneer meaningful integrated clinical pathways across provider organisations for the aging population of Bromley.

Main duties of the job

  1. Together with other colleagues, to provide a high quality care service to patients. This includes all aspects of treatment and relevant management duties for the proper functioning of the Care Group.
  2. Shared responsibility with other colleagues for providing 24 hours, 7 days a week cover for the Unit on a rota basis. Responsible also for covering colleagues' periods of annual leave and short-term sickness as detailed in your contract.
  3. Provide clinical supervision of junior medical/dental practitionersas a shared responsibility with other consultant colleagues.
  4. Responsible for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to CPD and clinical governance initiatives.
  5. Responsible for outpatient clinic commitments in peripheral hospitals as agreed with the Care Group's management team where part of the service structure.
  6. Contribute to the Care Group's research interests in accordance with the Trust's R& D framework.
  7. Contribute to the audit programmes, Morbidity and Mortality, Clinical Governance programmes and Learning from Deaths.
  8. Take an active role in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the Care Group's Business Plan. This may include assisting with discussions regarding service plans and developments with internal and external agencies.
  9. Conduct all activities within the contracted level of service and operating plan for service(s).

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c£1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities


This is a new Consultant post. The remit of the postholder will be to work within the multidisciplinary team providing and further developing care for frail, older patients from Gerontology services, and to provide support to the well-established multi-professional team in the Acute Frailty Assessment Unit.
The post will be based at Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) and the proposed Job Plan (up to 10 PAs) is attached. This is subject to review within 3 months of the postholder commencing in post.

The On-Call commitment is for a 1:9 (variable) rota, which is classed as Category B. There is a commitment to undertake routine job planned work on Saturdays or Sundays as part of the total job planned PAs.

All employees are expected to undertake work on any of the Trusts sites as required by the service. As a senior employee of the Trust, you will work in close co-operation with, and support other clinical, medical professional and managerial colleagues in providing high quality healthcare to the Trusts patients. Integral to these responsibilities are the following:

  • The provision of a first-class clinical service
  • Effective leadership to all staff engaged in the specialty
  • Sustaining and developing teaching and research in conjunction with Kings College London / KHP
  • Undertaking all work in accordance with the Trusts procedures and operating policies
  • Conducting clinical practice in accordance with contractual requirements and within the parameters of the Trusts service plans
  • Maintaining the confidence of business plans and development strategies formulated for the specialty, the Care Group or the Trust

The Trust is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, fetal medicine, stroke, major trauma, and Emergency Department.

Kings is a key partner in one of London's foremost Academic Health Science Centres, King's Health Partners (KHP). KHP is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England. It brings together a world-leading research-led university Kings College London and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts: Kings College Hospital, Guys and St Thomas, and South London and Maudsley.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of our dedicated workforce and join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation for innovation and the desire to make a difference.

You must be fully registered with the GMC and hold a Licence to Practice and be on the Specialist Register, or within six months of attaining your CCT or equivalent to be eligible for interview.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable adults and/or children (0-18 years), therefore 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 to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Person Specification

  • Registerable medical qualification
  • Full MRCP


  • Other higher degree or diploma (e.g., MD)


  • Full Registration with GMC
  • Name on GMC Dermatology Specialist Register on date of taking up appointment

3.Interview Eligibility

  • On the day of interview applicants must be within 6 months of CCT or must have fully completed CESR application and be fully registered on the GMC Dermatology Specialist Register. Any applications not meeting these criteria will not be considered

Training and Experience

  • Wide experience in all aspects of Gerontology and General (Internal) Medicine culminating in award of Certificate of Completion of Training by GMC, or award of Certificate of Eligibility for Specialty Registration (CESR) by GMC


  • Experience in day-to-day organisation of Gerontology services in a busy Teaching Hospital
  • Familiarity with information technology and general computer skills
  • Familiar with current structure of UK National Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes

Management and Leadership

  • Able to demonstrate leadership capability within multi-disciplinary teams


  • Management course and/or qualification

Audit and Quality Improvement

  • Thorough understanding of principles of medical audit
  • Must have undertaken and completed audit projects


  • Audit Publications

Research and Publications

  • Experience of clinical research
  • Publication of relevant review articles or case reports


  • Relevant research experience in one or more aspects of Gerontology


  • Experience of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and exam preparation


  • Teaching skills course/qualification

Job Specific Criteria

  • Evidence of clinical experience in acute frailty





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