Consultant in Ageing and Health
FULL TIME (10 PA, including up to 2 PA SPA)
PART TIME CONSIDERED AS WELL
Salary Scale - £87,534 - £116,313 per annum (pro rata)
Looking for a new and exciting challenge? Then think about working in NHS Forth Valley in the heart of Scotland.
Department of Ageing and Health
The Department of Ageing and Health are looking for a colleague to join a team of highly motivated Geriatricians who are passionate about the care of older people. Our service is undergoing an exciting period of change as we evolve to provide the people of Forth Valley a world class service that meets their needs.
The Department of Ageing & Health sits within the wider Acute Services Directorate and is operationally responsible to Head of Acute Services.
Within Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Ageing and Health currently has 62 acute frailty assessment beds (Wards A22 and A32). In addition there is the Stroke Unit (Ward B22) and a 29-bedded acute frailty and ortho-geriatric ward (ward A21).
The 23-bedded Acute Stroke Unit comprising of a Hyper-acute area where those receiving thrombolysis therapy are directly admitted. There is an additional 8-bedded Rehabilitation Stroke Unit in the Bellfield Centre, Stirling Care Village.
A Hospital at Home service has been developed over 2020 as part of a holistic, whole system project with Primary Care and our Health and Social Care colleagues. The aim is to provide acute care to the frail, elderly in their own home. There are links to colleagues providing assessment in Nursing Homes and Community Palliative Care.
There are also four community hospitals (Stirling Care Village, Falkirk Community Hospital, Clackmannan Community Healthcare Centre and Bo’ness Hospital) with in the region of 205 beds. These are a combination of slow stream rehabilitation beds and Intermediate Care Assessment. We are also able to use this as a step up facility from Hospital at Home if required.
The department successfully completed the first ‘Frailty at the Front Door’ collaborative supported by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. This work is supporting the ongoing transformation of the service looking at a whole systems approach to frailty. The Frailty Team have been joined by colleagues in social work, Home First and Hospital at Home.
The department provides consultant review of emergency admissions that are admitted via the Acute Assessment Unit. The consultant staff provide continuous assessment within the admissions unit seeing patients primarily presenting with Frailty Syndrome.
The department also runs a number of outpatient based clinics. The Rapid Access Frailty Clinic runs weekly and there are plans to develop more locality based face to face clinics to support this service in the future. For patients who require assessment within their own home there are strong links with the Hospital at Home team.
There is a falls service with an integrated falls team and outpatient assessment facility.
There is also Movement Disorder Team providing liaison and outpatient services. This team works closely with our Neurology colleagues to ensure a smooth transition of patient care dependent on need.
There are links to the newly established Specialist Rehab team. This team provides rehabilitation to those with complex trauma, specific neurological conditions, acquired brain injuries and those from the surgical specialties. There are plans to further develop a local spasticity service which will have links to the Stroke Service.
You can look forward to a warm welcome and strong support from colleagues. Our hospital is situated in the heart of Scotland, nestled against the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and close to vibrant towns that are richly endowed with excellent cultural and sporting facilities, offering good transport links to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
To apply for this post, please visit the job posting on the NHS Scotland Job Train website.. Applicants should have full GMC registration and a licence to practise. Applicants will be in possession of the CCT in Geriatric/General Medicine or equivalent, registered with the General Medical Council and on the Specialist Register or be within 6 months of the anticipated award of a CCT at the time of interview or have a certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR). Applicants are required to have evidence of recent continued academic and professional development. Excellent, communication, listening and organisational skills are essential.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Claire Copeland, Associate Medical Director Integration & Unscheduled Care on telephone number 01324 567641 or Dr Sarah Henderson, Clinical Director Ageing & Health, on telephone number 01324 567641
Closing date: Sunday 14th November 2021
Interview date: Tuesday 7th December 2021
Please quote reference number 073130 on all correspondence.