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Consultant in Care of the Elderly

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Specialist doctor, Geriatric medicine
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join UHBW as a Consultant in Care of the Elderly. We are committed to improving the way that Weston works - do you want to be a part of the change?

This position will be mainly based at Weston General Hospital which accommodates 252 inpatient beds, an Ambulatory Care Centre and a busy Emergency Department with an award winning embedded Geriatric Emergency Medical Service (GEMS).

We are seeking an enthusiastic Physician to continue the developments within Care of the Elderly to support the Trust in improving how it handles patients arriving for potential admission with the aim of delivering timely safe care as well as increasing the numbers of early discharges. This post holder will be part of the team that supports frailty admissions pathways, including care of medical patients.

What's in it for you?

Apart from getting work within a talented team in a beautiful part of the country:

  • Potential to develop in subspecialty interests
  • Relocation support
  • Recruitment and Retention Premium up to £20k negotiable
  • Work in a state-of-the-art recently refurbished facility
  • Cross-site working Weston/Bristol - specific plan to be agreed
  • Additional PAs negotiable

Applicants must be on the GMC Specialist Register or within 6 months of their CCT.

The trust will fully support candidates looking to attain CESR in the UK. We are proud to support CESR training and are one of the first Trusts to have a CESR champion

Main duties of the job

The appointee will be responsible for the development of Care of the Elderly services along with their colleagues. The key objectives are to reduce number of unnecessary admissions, develop same day emergency care pathways for the frail elderly, reduce patient length stay and work with system partners to ensure safe discharge to appropriate places of residence. There will be a strong commitment to teaching Junior Staff the principles of management of elderly patients, this will occur as the opportunity arises on a day to day basis with acute patients, as well as dedicated teaching.

Weston General Hospital is embarking on a major transformation with the implementation of the Healthy Weston 2 programme which involves the development of safe, high-quality and sustainable emergency and planned care accessible to the local people.

This is a really exciting time to join the Weston team, you will have the opportunity to develop and grow, personally and professionally, and use your passion to positively shape the future of health and care services within the local communities. Based at a small dynamic hospital in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, and only a stones-throw from its two-mile long sandy beach, you will also benefit from being part of a large specialist NHS teaching trust with sites across Bristol and North Somerset.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description
Job responsibilities

This post will help to continue to facilitate the progression of Care of the Elderly services. It is an exciting time to be joining our team we are ambitious to further develop the model of care for frail elderly patients including our services in areas such as Frailty, Orthogeriatrics and Dementia - we are keen to support the successful candidate in specialist interest areas.

At Weston there are 5.75 WTE Care of the Elderly physicians, and on the Bristol Royal Infirmary and South Bristol Community Hospital sites 8.4 WTE. At Weston there is a well-developed front door Geriatric Emergency Medicine Service lead by an Associate Specialist, with Advanced Physiotherapy, nursing and pharmacy input concentrating on admissions avoidance.

The appointment of this position will be part of the 1:11 current consultant on call rota.

The main site for this post at present is Weston General Hospital but as we move to full clinical service integration across UHBW it is anticipated that consultants will have some element of cross-site working to be determined through the job planning process.

For a full details job description please view the attachment to this vacancy

Person Specification
Qualifications & Training

  • Full and specialist registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) or Eligible for specialist registration within six months of interview or
  • Holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or evidence of within six months of award of CCT or equivalent by date of interview


  • Higher academic qualification


  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in relevant specialty
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision


  • Evidence of a special interest and expertise that complements those of other consultants in the department and is consistent with the Trust's service strategy

Clinical Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to take on full & independent responsibility for clinical care of patients
  • Up to date knowledge and experience of relevant specialty


  • Knowledge of research techniques in clinical medicine
  • Knowledge of the use of patient

Clinical Governance & Audit

  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation
  • Positive approach to evidence based practice
  • Participation in continuing professional development (CPD) scheme and, where relevant, evidence of participation


  • Knowledge of the principles involved in research
  • Evidence of involvement in research
  • Evidence of peer review research papers


  • Ability to increase the academic profile of the department.

Teaching & Training

  • Experience of teaching medical students.
  • Experience of supervising trainees.
  • Knowledge of teaching to a multidisciplinary team


  • Formal teaching qualification





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