Consultant in Elderly Care
Following the successful establishment of our acute frailty unit, the department of elderly care at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester is looking for Consultant Colleagues to join us for the next phase in our long-term frailty project. Our plan is to establish a frailty team consisting of a consultant, junior doctor, specialist nurse and occupational therapist based in the emergency department for 50 hours per week. This brings specialist geriatric care as close to the front door as possible. An additional aim is to enhance the current rapid access clinic service to facilitate same day or next day assessment so it can provide a genuine alternative to admission for frail older patients.
The department provides inpatient care for around 70 patients on 2 acute wards and an acute frailty unit. The latter is embedded within the medical admissions ward and accommodates all frail medical admissions to the hospital. There are also 22 inpatients at the Andover site with predominant rehabilitation needs. We run 5 to 8 rapid access clinics per week at the Winchester site providing one stop assessments, with no outpatient referral waiting more than 2 weeks and some are seen within 24 hours. There are also weekly specialist falls and Parkinson’s clinics. Further, there are up to 3 rapid access clinics weekly at the Andover site. We have strong community links with locality clinics in Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford, home visits when required and regular attendance at GP whiteboard meetings in surrounding Winchester and Andover localities.
It is envisaged that the new post will predominantly rotate between the emergency department frailty team, acute frailty unit and acute elderly care wards, with input into the rapid access clinics at all stages, though a preference for one part of the pathway could be accommodated. A willingness to take part in the GIM on call rota is preferable. We are realistic about the issues affecting the geriatric workforce nationally and are open to negotiation with suitable candidates.
We are a dynamic department with a clear vision of how we want to develop over the next few years. If you are interested in this post, we would be delighted to hear from you.
On-call commitments are on the acute medicine rota. They currently involve a medical admitting take approximately 1:14. (Additional 2PAs for on call duties) There is a weekend ward round rota approximately 1:12 for morning ward round seeing targeted patients on the medical wards with time off in lieu.
The applicant should hold a CCT in General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine or be with 6 months of completion.
Please ensure that email addresses are provided for referee nominees and other contacts on your CV, along with start and end dates of training courses and employment. All candidates applying for this post will be contacted by email once the short listing process is complete.
Please contact us for more information and any clarification or to come and meet us: Please contact Dr. Lisa Shire, Dr James Croft-Baker or Dr James Kelly (01962 824159)