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Substantive Consultant - COTE - Acute Frailty

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
Geriatric Medicine
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
10 sessions per week (Full time 10 pa's per week)
Job ref
Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum pro rata
Salary period
05/01/2023 23:59
Interview date

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

An opportunity has arisen for Consultant Geriatricians within our Frailty services at Royal Lancaster Infirmary working across our Frailty Intervention Team and wider Frailty Services. 

This role is an exciting opportunity for you to be part of developing a new model of care for the Morecambe Bay population living with frailty.

The Frailty Intervention Team pathway works on a “early intervention, better outcomes” philosophy with a focus to returning patients to their usual place of residence on the same day as presenting in the Emergency Department where appropriate.  

The Frailty Intervention Team is a developing team with approval for further MDT roles which, with successful recruitment, will become 7 day Frailty service.

As the service develops, it will continue to build strong links with our community services and establish formal links with pre-hospital urgent and emergency care services to offer direct referrals. 

This is an exciting time for our services and we hope you will want to play a part in developing a gold standard service which will achieve our aim of delivering excellent care in the Morecambe Bay area for our Frail and older patients

Application for this substantive post will only be accepted if you are in the process of obtaining your CCT/CSER within six months of interview. Fixed term positions may be offered with a view to the substantive post upon obtaining your CCT/CSER

The trust is committed to negotiating a suitable relocation package.

Interviews for this post have been scheduled for 8th February 2023

Main duties of the job

The successful appointee will be expected to:

  • Undertake patient assessments for Frail & Older patients attending the emergency department to help patients return to their normal place of residency at the earliest opportunity
  • Provide care for acutely unwell, frail patients on the AFU
  • Review appropriate patients classed as Outliers
  • Contribute to service development and quality improvement
  • Provide leadership and work as part of and develop our team

You will ensure, with Consultant colleagues that the department provides an effective 7 day service, within national and local standards. This would mean each consultant would be doing a 1:5 weekend shift in our Frailty Intervention Team service.

You will join in the running of the Department, and share the management of patients under the care of the team, in order to help achieve national key performance indicators relevant to geriatric medicine.

The appointment will be for 10 programmed activity sessions which would include direct clinical care and supporting professional activity. The number of programmed activities may be negotiated down or up.

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full registration with the General Medical Council MRCP or equivalent.
  • Certificate of completion in specialist training (CCT) in general internal medicine (GIM) and geriatric medicine or within 6 months of completion of training at the time of interview.
Desirable criteria
  • MD or PhD degree


Essential criteria
  • Broad exposure to medical diseases and the management of these
  • Comprehensive patient management, ability to train/supervise junior medical staff and medical students

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Disability Confident - two yearsVeteran AwareNo smoking policyDisability confident employerStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Step into healthArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Mark Taylor
Job title
Consultant Geriatrician Frailty Clinical Lead RLI
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Scott Bremner

Service Manager - Frailty & Stroke


Tel: 07929 728712