Specialist Grade - Geriatric Medicine

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£81,500 to £92,500 a year (10 PAs/sessions per week) plus London Weighting p/a
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Trust is looking to recruit to a Specialist Grade in Geriatric Medicine based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This post is aimed at existing doctors who have more than 12 years clinical experience, with at least 6 years at middle grade level or above in geriatric medicine. The post holder will be a core member of a team of 8 substantive geriatricians. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience and support a dynamic forward-thinking department.

The post has been created to develop and consolidate new ways of working. The post holder will have the opportunity to work in wide variety of clinical areas (acute frailty, complex care wards, community interface).We are working with the community partners to develop virtual wards which will be an exciting new opportunity

At the Queen Elizabeth site, we run an acute frailty unit for patients meeting the frailty criteria to be reviewed by specialist teams within the multidisciplinary team.

There is a daily falls and frailty clinic which provides comprehensive geriatrics assessments to the patients referred by the primary care and community teams.

The geriatricians provide 8-8 telephone support to primary care

The trust can support any sub-specialty interest within geriatrics (e.g. acute frailty, community interface, orthogeriatric, osteoporosis, tilt table clinics, movement disorder clinics)

The post holder will be offered a mentor from within the trust. This may be from within the department or another speciality.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality health care for older patients undergoing elective and emergency surgery within the Trust.
  • To respond to inpatient and outpatient referrals from other specialties
  • To provide prompt advice for General Practitioners
  • To participate in educational and audit meetings
  • To meet CPD and revalidation requirements19
  • To provide cover for colleagues during periods of leave
  • To support the Hospital's Clinical Governance Strategy
  • To contribute to all other aspects of the Directorate and trust affairs

About us

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust was established in October 2013, following the integration of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.

The Trust provides a comprehensive portfolio of high quality acute healthcare services to a critical mass of more than c.526,000 people living across the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and North Bexley together with a broad portfolio of community services, primarily, but not exclusively, for those living in Lewisham.

We are responsible for NHS services at University Hospital Lewisham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and in a number of community settings throughout Lewisham. In addition, the trust provides some services at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.

The Trust employs more than 6,000 staff on both the hospital and community sites, which makes us one of the biggest employers in South East London.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To support the development on-going development of a comprehensive geriatric medicine service
  • Support and further develop the geriatric service withinthe Trust
  • Participate in the frailty on-call Rota at QEH
  • Be an advocate for the care of older people within theorganization.
  • Lead, support and mentor junior medical staff withinthe department and ensure training requirements aremet.

Person Specification



  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Full registration with the GMC and hold a licence to practise
  • Minimum of 12 years clinical experience since qualification, with at least 6 years in Geriatric medicine in the specialty doctor or SAS grade. (Equivalent experience in geriatrics in other medical grades, including from overseas, will be accepted).
  • Meets the criteria set out in the Specialist Grade generic capabilities framework which has been developed by AoMRC, BMA and NHS Employers


  • MD/PhD or other higher degree MRCP or equivalent

Clinical Experience


  • road based training and wide experience of acute & general medicine
  • Broad-based training in Geriatric Medicine.


  • A special interest within Geriatric Medicine complementing those currently in the directorate.
  • An interest in managing frailty in acute care and the community would be particularly welcome

Clinical Audit


  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance and clinical risk. Understanding and experience of audit


  • Previous broader experience of clinical governance, clinical risk management and associated areas.

Teaching Experience


  • Wide experience of, and strong commitment to, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching


  • Evidence of ability to organise training / teaching events.
  • A teaching qualification

Management and Administrative Experience


  • Understanding of the implications of the NHS Plan and other national guidance and policy relevant to the provision of geriatric medicine.
  • A commitment to participate in the management of the Directorate of Medicine
  • Understanding of NHS organisation and management


  • Formal management course with previous management experience especially of change management.

Research Experience


  • Knowledge of research methodology & Clinical trials


  • Participation in research with peer-reviewed publications

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