Consultant Geriatrician

Elderly Care

Posted: 1 year ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£84,559 - £114,003 per annum


At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We like to do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future – we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team. You’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Dorset HealthCare is seeking to welcome a new community consultant geriatrician or a doctor with a specialist interest and extensive experience in caring for people with increasing frailty to our team. We would love to hear from you to discuss how together we might be able to tailor your dream job.

This role will support an innovative service delivery model in which the successful candidate will work alongside primary care, multi-disciplinary community teams and acute care colleagues and provide clinical leadership to ensure high quality responsive care in Community Hospitals and in people’s homes.

The West Dorset Locality (Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport) is a proactive integrated ‘forward thinking’ team, who work together to achieve true integration, always having the patient at its centre. The team provide assessments and treatments for inpatients on our wards. They support our community teams by undertaking domiciliary assessments and participating in a virtual ward management of local patients, which is integral to the local service that supports frail and elderly patients to remain in their own home.

At Dorset HealthCare we strive to be ‘Better Every Day’ and our vision is to be recognised as an inspiring leader for excellence, compassion and expertise in all that we do. Our purpose is to provide integrated healthcare services that empower people to make the most of their lives. Since 2019, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust has an outstanding CQC rating.

Dorset with miles of sandy beaches along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, some of the best weather in the UK and a range of good schools and activities makes for a happy place to live and work.

In addition to our commitment to flexible working and our excellent NHS benefits, we also offer assistance with relocation expenses. If you are interested in moving to our beautiful county we can provide a generous relocation package of up to £10,000.

If you are not a consultant but are interested in this role, please do get in touch so that we are able to discuss the role in more detail with you.

We welcome all informal enquiries for the post. Please contact Deputy Medical Director for Community & Physical Health Services Dr Andy Dean; or Karen Fisher Locality Manager for Mid and West Dorset ;

If you would like a pre application conversation with the Executive Medical Director, please contact Julie Street (Executive PA to the Medical Director) on 01202 277011 or via email to

What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.



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Job Reference

Reference: 152-ME63.21

Closing Date: 2022-04-12

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