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Consultant in Acute Medicine/Geriatric Medicine

Job Description

If we receive a high volume of applications we reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

Important Information:

Please note the University Hospital of North Midlands (NHS) Trust, do not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.

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Consultant in Acute Medicine and Geriatric Medicine (50/50)

Acute Medicine

There has never been a more exciting time to join our teams. We have recently opened a dedicated state of the art Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) unit at our Royal Stoke University Hospital (RSUH) site.

Our AMU department is a dynamic and well performing unit known for its high standards of care. Our current services include a 46 bed AMU and 25 bed SSU at RSUH and a 31 bed AMU at our County site admitting on average 50 – 60 patients in a 24 hour period. Members of the Acute Medicine department have a team approach which is enhanced by the excellent quality of our nursing colleagues.

The University Hospitals of North Midlands provide a wide range of specialty services as a regional tertiary centre benefitting patients across our sites. There are established pathways in place streaming select acute patient groups directly into specialised services inc. primary PCI for STEMI’s, a frail elderly assessment unit, direct renal, neurology and haematology/oncology admissions and an acute stroke unit providing 24/7 thrombolysis and vascular interventions. The unit has a strong focus on critical care and enjoys strong links with the local Intensive Care department.

Junior doctor support is provided by junior, middle grade and registrar posts. The Department has a high commitment to the training and development of its entire staff. Junior doctor training is a high priority and an in-house education programme is offered to the junior doctors. Junior doctor support is ward-based and comprises of 2 x F1 doctor, 1 x F2 doctor, 3 x ACC doctors, 5 x GPVTS doctors and 6 x CMT doctors.

Elderly Care

There is a Local Health Economy wide commitment to improving the care of older people and funding is available now to recruit consultant geriatricians to lead the developments.

Our acute service has developed over the last 3-4 years and the establishment of our 20-bedded Frail Elderly Assessment Unit (FEAU) is now nationally recognised and visited frequently as a service model. FEAU accepts patients from ED as well as community and provides early and direct specialist assessment to frail older people who meet our North Midlands Frailty Tool criteria. It is supported by daily consultant rounds and has prompt access to therapy and social services, to facilitate discharge home for those who do not require admission.

Patients who do require admission are subsequently managed by the Geriatrician team and seen on daily ward rounds on one of the five inpatient wards.

This is a great opportunity to help develop and improve the FEAU model of care as the department is now benefiting from more investment in developing newer models of care, as well as significant investment in clinical and therapy staffing.

Our future plans include establishing a hospital based in-reach team, community out-reach team, frailty clinics, training and education and further participation in research.

Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development is available and encouraged for the interested candidates including developing local, regional and national profiles in research, education and service transformation etc.

UHNM is the main teaching hospital for the Medical School of Keele University and the Geriatrician team provides under-graduate and post-graduate teaching.

Junior doctor support is provided by junior and middle grade posts (6 Specialist Registrars from the West Midlands rotation). We also offer placements to Specialist Registrars in Acute Medicine on a 4 monthly basis and they provide sessional input into FEAU and wards. Excellent training opportunities are offered in ortho-geriatrics, AMU in-reach, psycho-geriatrics, palliative care, continence, community services, service development, academic and research projects for the registrars depending on their preference. Junior doctor support is ward-based and comprises 5 x F1 doctors, 3 x F2 doctors, 6 x GPVTS doctors and 1 x CMT and 3 x specialty doctors. There are also 8 x Trust Grade doctor posts.

The Region

The University hospital of North Midlands is based in Stoke on-Trent, Staffordshire and is in close proximity to the beautiful countryside of the peak district. It has excellent road links being situated on the M6 motorway and is within easy travelling distance to the thriving cities of Manchester and Birmingham.

Staffordshire adjoins Cheshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, the West Midlands and Shropshire, and is part of the National Forest and Peak District National Park. Cannock Chase is within the County an area of outstanding Natural Beauty. There are 2 local universities and a number of high performing schools and colleges (including a number of independent and grammar schools such as the Yarlet School and Denstone College). The area boasts affordable housing within easy commute to either of the main hospitals.

The University Hospital of North Midlands is currently offering a recruitment and retention premium salary package to suitable candidates.

Application Details

For further information contact:

Dr Sven Lehm, Consultant in Acute Medicine/Clinical Lead RSUH on  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed )

Dr Amit Arora, Clinical Lead / Consultant in Geriatric Medicine RUSH on  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed )

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