Elderly Care or Geriatric specialists are encouraged to apply for opportunities with this fantastic Health Board. CESR, sub-specialty development, mentorship, research - all sound interesting? These are all on offer in abundance, as is the opportunity to settle with your family in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
The hospital is a modern district general hospital in North East Wales serving a population of approximately 300,000. It is one of the largest towns in North Wales, with a thriving and diverse industrial centre and also being the market town for a large rural area.
The countryside surrounding is exceedingly attractive with a National Park less than an hour away. Additionally, major cities are a short commute away.
The Health Board
The Health Board comprises three acute District General Hospitals, mental health services and community hospital provision, and covers all health care providers Wales. There is a consultant body of over 150. All the major specialties and subspecialties are represented with the exception of cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. Visiting consultants provide for thoracic surgery (once a fortnight), plastic surgery, neurology, and super specialist paediatrics. Oncology services are provided by visiting consultants from a specialist Cancer Centre.
The Care of the Elderly Service
We are excited to offer this new permanent full time (1.0 WTE) consultant post within the Directorate of Medicine to improve and enhance Frailty services and the Care of the Elderly department is currently going through an exciting expansion with new services being offered. We are looking for an individual who will help shape the future of the department and can drive innovative ways of working.
The post will be for 10 sessions of which there will be 7 DCCs and 3 SPAs depending on additional duties undertaken, and they are committed to devising an individualised job plan for the successful candidate. Areas that can be incorporated into the final job plan include:
- Community working including pro-active care home medicine
The Care of the Elderly department provides the following services:
- Acute stroke unit with TIA clinics and a 24/7 thrombolysis service
- Rehabilitation in community hospitals
- Parkinson’s disease and movement disorder clinic
- Multi-disciplinary falls service
The current team comprises of 6 consultants with specialist interests in orthogeriatrics, movement disorders, stroke, frailty and falls. Junior staff is comprised of 1 Specialty Doctor (attached to the Stroke Unit), 4 Specialist Registrars, 9 SHO grades (a mix of F2s, CMT, and GPVTS trainees) with the possibility of a third strand F1 during some rotations.
These staff rotate around the department and will make up the junior doctor team supporting the new appointees – at a minimum there will be one SHO attached to each rehabilitation ward, a Staff grade based in the Community Hospital, and one SHO (often more) based on the frailty unit. There is a middle grade to cover the frailty unit and another that provides cover for the rehabilitation unit.
New consultants will be encouraged to take a mentor from colleagues and to attend the local RCP North new consultant events and courses.
Annual and Study Leave
Annual leave is 33 days per year. A maximum of thirty days study leave, over a rolling 3-year period funded study leave is available in line with national terms and conditions. Leave to attend courses will normally be granted up to this limit unless service demands are exceptional.
If you are an overseas doctor looking to develop as a specialist in the UK then this is the right job for you! CESR support, mentorship, sub-speciality development and a friendly welcoming team is there to support doctors from any walk of the UK. Of course, UK CCT-trained consultants will be offered an opportunity and will find a balance of work-life balance and/or career development easy to achieve.