Consultant Geriatrician – South West London / Surrey

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Job Title:                          Consultant Geriatrician

Rota:                                10 PAs

Trust in South West London/Surrey area  Care of the Elderly Department


A Trust in South West London/ Surrey Area has a district general hospital rated as outstanding by CQC in 2018. We have approximately 350 beds and directly employ some 2,750 staff with another 300 staff employed by contractors but working on behalf of the Trust.  We are located in the South West London / Surrey Area.

We have a much higher proportion of very elderly patients within emergency admissions compared with the London (and England) average and expansion of the elderly care department reflects the large number of elderly people being cared for in our hospital as a whole. All our Care of the Elderly Care wards and several other areas in the hospital have been recently refurbished to a high standard to create a dementia friendly environment. There is dynamic Frailty Team working in accident and emergencies and we will be shortly opening a Frailty Unit.

We welcome dynamic and enthusiastic candidates who are passionate about providing great medical care to our elderly population and keen to be involved in innovative service development and quality improvement within an outstanding organisation. This is an amazing opportunity to join our department. As we undergo an exciting period of service development, we will be encouraging and willing to support within job planning any subspecialist interests that the successful candidate may have. We are happy to explore any innovative ways of working that might have a positive impact on our staff satisfaction and there will be consideration of time off in lieu if appropriate.

We encourage our consultants to participate on the training and development of our junior doctors as educational and clinical supervisors (including participating on ACRP’s). The department has a comprehensive undergraduate teaching programme and there are many educational opportunities available to the successful candidate including Grand Rounds, Schwartz rounds, live Royal College of Physician’s webcasts and the care of the elderly weekly educational meetings.


Sample weekly timetable









 Ward round and MDT  



1300-1400 Grand Round and lunch

(0.25 SPA)


0900 – 1100

Ward (review of new and sick patients)

(0.5 DCC)


1100 – 1400

Subspecialty Interest

(0.625 DCC) and lunch (30 minutes)




Ward round and MDT  

(1.125 DCC)





 Ward (review of new and sick patients)

(0.5 DCC)



Ward admin and family meetings

(0.25 DCC) 


1200 – 1400 Service Line Meeting (SLM) Elderly Care (alternate weeks)

(0.5 SPA) and lunch

0830 – 0900

Elderly care educational meetings


0900 – 1100

Ward (review of new and sick patients)

(0.5 DCC)


1100 – 1430

Subspecialty Interest

(0.75 DCC) and lunch (30 minutes)



Subspecialty (0.25 DCC)


1500 – 1700

SPA including lead roles, governance, personal appraisal, education supervision.

(0.5 SPA)


1400 – 1700

SPA including JD supervision, personal appraisal, SJRs and national /local audit

(0.75 SPA)



COE Clinic/Subspecialty interest (Alternate weeks)

(0.5 DCC)



Clinic letters/admin

(0.25 DCC)

1400 – 1700

Ward reviews, ward administration, family meetings, pre-weekend planning.


(0.75 DCC)





Key responsibilities/outcomes


  1. To contribute to the delivery of a first-class geriatric service, by providing daily consultant-delivered care to patients. 
  1. To lead and support the multi-disciplinary team with complex discharge planning
  2. To provide educational and clinical supervision for the junior medical team, and for members of the multi-professional, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency teams.
  1. To provide (together with the Specialty Trainees) specialist elderly care assessment, advice and support to other inpatient speciality wards, as required.
  2. To contribute to the development and delivery of innovative, collaborative, high quality care pathway and protocols, audit and quality improvement.
  1. To contribute to the delivery of the clinical governance and risk management strategy for our service line.
  1. To provide internal cover for colleagues in the Care of the Elderly Department, as required.
  2. To contribute to outpatient activity.
  3. The Geriatrician will also participate in the unselected general medicine on-call weekend rota (currently 1:10).  This rota may be subject to change.



Local Details

The area is one of the most attractive “green” areas in the outer London region, almost surrounded by river, three Royal Parks and open countryside. It is 12 miles from the centre of London and 10 miles from Heathrow airport. There are good road and rail links with Central London and there is a large commuter population.  It has a reputation as an affluent outer London Borough, which is reflected in the local demography. It has one of the largest regional shopping centres in the South East. The Royal Borough is a sought-after place to live, with a wealth of leisure facilities. Families with children are well catered for in educational terms with a number of very high-quality secondary schools and additionally a college of Further Education. There is also an excellent University with which the Trust has very strong links.

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