Consultant Geriatrician/Medicine of the older person

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Closing Date: 09/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £114,003 Per Year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

We are looking for dynamic and motivated Geriatrician Consultants to join our friendly and dynamic team at the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT), to develop and embed high quality care for the frail and older patient in a number of different clinical settings.

As we expand key services and frailty pathways to benefit the frail and older patient, we are developing and enhancing our elderly care and frailty strategy to expand sub-specialties, including; Acute Frailty (SDEC), Complex Frailty Units, Frailty Specialist Units, Movement Disorder Services, Ortho-Geri’s, Surgical Liaison, Virtual Wards and Outpatient activity. Therefore, applicants must have suitable training and experience in Geriatric Medicine.

The post-holder will have appropriate training as outlined in the job specification and a well-developed medical knowledge, allowing the ability and confidence to function decisively and autonomously. Candidates must be hard-working, dependable, collegial, and professional in keeping with GMC good medical practice.

Main duties of the job

The basic whole-time contract is for 10 programmed activities (PAs); 8.5 DCC (1.5 PAs admin time and educational supervision time included within this) + additional 1.5 SPA.

The job plan is indicative only and is negotiable to take the candidates aspirations/special interest/part time working into account. There will be a discussion with successful candidates regarding the final job plan/on-call arrangements, prior to the interview and appointment to ensure the job plan reflects both the individuals and organisation goals.

Additional programmed PAs may be available for additional activities and specialist interests if desired. Additional SPA time may be available depending on individual and service requirements.

About us

We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Over 7,000 Staff serve a population of around 650,000 people in the North East,

We provide hospital services from two acute sites – Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-Le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients’ homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will be expected to undertake clinical work in conjunction with their clinical colleagues and other professional staff in order to maintain and develop elderly care and acute frailty services.

The post-holder will be based at the University Hospital North Durham, Darlington Memorial Hospital or Bishop Auckland Community Hospital.

The post holder will be expected:

1. To undertake clinical work in conjunction with colleagues and other professional staff in order to maintain and develop Elderly Care services and to develop specialist skills in accordance with the needs of the department.

2. Responsibility in conjunction with colleagues for planning future developments of the service.

3. Will have continuing responsibility for the care of patients in his/her charge and will be expected to provide a comprehensive clinical service alongside Consultant colleagues.

4. Expectation to cover colleagues in their absence and ensure continuous patient care.

5. For management purposes and use of resources, accountable to the Clinical Director of the Medical Directorate and will ensure the effective and efficient use of resources allocated.

6. Responsible for the professional and educational supervision of junior medical staff.

7. Expected to participate in the postgraduate teaching of medical staff and undergraduates attached to the Trust and in the training of all grades of staff.

8. Research activities, which are considered to be an inherent part of normal clinical duties, will be encouraged and limited research funding may be available following successful applications to the local research and development committee.

9. Continuing Professional Development (CPD); responsibility for ensuring that you meet the national requirements for CPD, both internal and external. Attend regularly, and contribute to, the weekly half-day educational activities held by the Care Group. The Trust supports requirements for continuing professional development as laid down by the Royal Colleges and is committed to providing support for these activities.

10. Actively participate in clinical audit.

11. Participate in clinical governance arrangements in line with national and local guidelines and in respect of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Trust in accordance with current best practice.

12. Involved in the care of a patient who subsequently initiates a claim against the Trust and expectation to provide, free of charge, an opinion and statement of facts on the case.

On call commitments; the post includes a GIM on call commitment.


Person Specification



  • Full registration with the GMC (and licence to Practice).
  • MBchB or equivalent
  • MRCP
  • CCT in geriatric medicine, or within 6 months of expected CCT at time of appointment, or on the speciality register through equivalent training and experience.
  • Applicants wishing to apply for CESR are welcome to apply. Training in sub-specialty complementary to that of the existing Consultants


  • Research degree, Masters degree or Teaching Qualification
  • Certificate of Medical Education or other formal training programme
  • Training in sub-specialty complementary to that of the existing Consultants

Special Requirements


  • A strong commitment to undergraduate education
  • An interest in teaching all grades of hospital and professional staff
  • Personal Skills
  • Willingness and ability to participate equally in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Able to cope with stress
  • Good discipline and motivation
  • Flexible team worker
  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates empathy when communicating with patients and relatives/carers, including the response to complaints
  • Commitment to CME and CPD Willingness to undertake additional
  • professional duties
  • Demonstrates honesty, integrity and awareness of confidentiality and ethical issues relevant to emergency medicine
  • Demonstrates interest and realistic insight into future role(s) of emergency medicine and external factors that may affect it
  • Demonstrates punctuality, being able to organise self, and flexibility
  • Demonstrates non-prejudicial or non-judgmental attitude to others
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ability to respond constructively to feedback


  • Willingness to become involved in departmental research projects and to lead some research or academic development
  • Extracurricular activities or achievements in local area
  • Demonstrates awareness of health, social and economic challenges facing the community served by the relevant departments



  • Good clinical skills including the management of acutely unwell medical patients and up to date knowledge in geriatric medicine.
  • Experience in working within a multi- disciplinary team with good communication skills.
  • Ability to liaise well with colleagues in other specialties.
  • Experience of supervising training and teaching trainees
  • Able to provide evidence of career planning through appraisal process
  • Evidence of being up to date with professional development


  • Experience of close liaison with community services
  • Experience of service development
  • Evidence of research experience and clinical effectiveness work

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Previous management experience or formal management and leadership training
  • Previous active involvement in audit and QiP work
  • Evidence of active teaching of undergraduates, junior doctors, nurses or allied health professional
  • Evidence of previous research experience or clinical effectiveness work
  • Good clinical skills
  • To be able to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems within the service
  • Understands factors affecting patient safety
  • Experience and understanding of audit and conducting clinical audit
  • Demonstrates awareness of developing situations in clinical environment
  • Demonstrates ability to solve problems & make timely decisions, even when under pressure
  • Able to use IT to enhance patient care


  • Certificate of Medical Education or other educational qualification
  • Willingness to become involved in departmental research projects and to lead some research or academic development

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

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