Specialty Doctor in Older People's Medicine

Posted 18 September by NHS Business Services Authority

We are recruiting Specialty Doctors to support our Older People’s Medicine (OPM) directorate. From our work on Frailty identification and interventions, we have redesigned our services and are looking to recruit doctors who share our passion for innovation in the way we treat Older People. These post(s) will be substantive contracts in Geriatric medicine working in the Older People’s Emergency Department (OPED). The post consists of Monday – Friday working and a 1:6 weekends.

Salary range £41,158 - £76,751(depending on qualifications and experience)

Our service is multifaceted and offers opportunities in all aspects of older people’s care. We have a dedicated Older People’s Emergency Department (OPED) for patients of 80 years and over. This consultant led service allows early identification of frailty and tailored expert intervention, alongside a rapid MDT way of working. The service has been responsible for a significant decrease in our ED conversion rates for frail elderly and a drop in our hospital average length of stay and HMSR.

We have an active outpatient service in order to expedite specialist early intervention for our older population and avoid unnecessary admissions to the acute setting by seeing emergency referrals within 48hrs. We also offer specialist movement disorder and falls clinics. As part of our Frailty service we have developed a surgical liaison service, with the intention that this is rolled out to provide Frailty reviews for patients under the care of the general medical teams.

The directorate has responsibility for five acute OPM wards encompassing short stay, an ortho-geriatric unit, a specialist dementia care ward, as well as rehabilitation within the local community hospitals.

As a university teaching hospital we have developed our research and development strategy with the UEA and work with partners at the Norwich Research Park. There are numerous opportunities for the post holder to undertake teaching roles on a sessional basis as well as research programmes.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the biggest hospitals in England with approximately 1000 beds, situated in the city of Norwich. Norwich is a picturesque city in the heart of Norfolk, easily commutable to London (1.5 hours by car, 2 hours by train). Assistance with relocation costs may be available.

If interested we’d encourage you to find out more. Please contact Dr Sarah Bailey, OPED lead on or email sarah.bailey@nnuh.nhs.uk or Dr Kelum Pelpola, Service Director for Older Peoples Medicine on or email kelum.pelpola@nnuh.nhs.uk for an informal discussion.

To learn more about the Trust, please visit our web site.

Closing date is 30/09/2020

Reference: 40917063

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