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Clinical Fellow in General & Geriatric Medicine

Job Reference: 279-MSWC519-A

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Geriatric Medicine
Worthing Hospital, Worthing
£31,127 - £49,086 per ann

Western Sussex Hospitals is a leading acute hospital trust, with rewarding career opportunities for caring, committed and innovative people who wish to be valued for the work they do and empowered to continually improve the services we provide. Here are just some reasons to join us:

  • Outstanding – we are the only CQC-rated “Outstanding” hospital trust on the south coast of England and in April 2016 became the first multi-site acute hospital trust in the country to receive the health watchdog’s highest overall rating. (Read our CQC report)

  • Patient First – in 2015, the trust’s Patient First programme was launched to empower colleagues to make lasting changes that benefit patients and to ensure the organisation continues to improve patient care by introducing lean management best practice at every level of the organisation.

  • We Care – and not just for our patients but for each other as well. The CQC said: “Staff we spoke with were exceptionally compassionate when talking about patients and we observed kindness not only towards patients but towards each other whilst on site.”

  • Leading organisation – Western Sussex Hospitals is led by NHS Chief Executive of the Year Dame Marianne Griffiths (HSJ Awards 2016 | No.1 HSJ Top CEOs 2018) and is renowned for outstanding care, excellent staff engagement, innovation and shared learning. “Western Sussex has the best learning culture I have seen anywhere in the NHS.” [Health Secretary, Worthing Hospital, February 2018]

  • Location, location, location – our hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea are all situated along the beautiful Sussex coast, between the beach and South Downs National Park. West Sussex is one of the UK’s best places to live, boasting beautiful countryside, picturesque villages, vibrant towns, excellent schools and cultural amenities, as well as quick transport links to Brighton, Gatwick Airport, London and Europe.

Applications are invited for a Clinical Fellow in Elderly Medicine. The post is available from 06 February 2019 for a period of 6 months.

The post is ideal for people with a passion for medicine and who wish to develop their non-medical skills. The post is a split post comprising both clinical work and non-clinical work in a variety of settings. For example but not limited to Leadership training, Learning and applying lean methodology, intensive care, sim teaching.

The post will work up to a maximum of 48 hours per week with a 70/30 split of which 70% is clinical and 30% is developmental.

Ideally you have decided on Medicine as your preferred career. You will have an active interest in improving the quality care provided to patients within the Trust. You will be capable of managing projects both independently and under supervision and be skilled at team working. Regular supervision meetings with an experienced training Consultant will help you shape your future career.

Full allowance of annual leave and study leave is awarded.

The clinical work will generally be on the SHO rota, but the post holders who are appointed will be able to work at an appropriate level for their seniority.


At Worthing Hospital there are 14 General Physicians who take part in the acute general medical in-take rota. There are 8 Consultants in the Department of Medicine of the Elderly who work a separate rota as well as providing a Stroke Thrombolysis rota. There is a separate on-call rota for cardiology and a GI bleed rota run by the gastroenterologists.


During clinical time, the post-holder will act as a middle-grade doctor or SHO level depending on experience, working alongside the junior doctors and the nurse practitioners providing support and advice. They are able to specify a preference for the clinical team they are part of and whether to change each 4 months or be attached to the same team for the year. This will be influenced by where the vacancies are within the Trust. The 30% development time will be ring fenced and protected. This time is flexible and will be planned with the medical rota team to suit the needs of the successful candidate.

The successful applicant will be comfortable assessing and initiating management of cases presenting to the Trust, including an active, preferably leading role in cardiac arrest teams (with supervision). It is expected the post-holder will act as a role model for the medical students and junior doctors will have excellent clinical acumen, good communication skills, initiative and leadership.

All doctors will be encouraged to participate actively in departmental audits and educational audits will be supported.
For further details / informal visits contact:


Applicants are invited to visit the hospital or to phone for informal discussion by arrangement with:

Junior Doctors Rota Coordinator (Elderly Medicine)

Department of Medicine for the Elderly

Lyndhurst Road


West Sussex

BN11 2DH




  1. If we receive a high volume of applications, we may close adverts prior to the published closing date. Therefore, we advise you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

  2. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed via the email address registered with NHS Jobs.

  3. The Trust is a Disability Confident Employer. All applicants who have a disability can opt to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme which means that providing they meet the minimum essential criteria for the post, they will be offered an interview.

  4. Applications from candidates requiring Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcomed and will be considered alongside all other applications. It is unlikely that the Trust will be able to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test where there is a suitably qualified and skilled EU/EEA candidate available for work and in these circumstances, an overseas candidate will not be offered the post. A self-assessment for the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post applied for is available on the UKBA website.


All applications submitted via NHS Jobs will be imported into Trac, the applicant management/recruitment system used by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website. We will be unable to respond to any messages sent to the Trust via the NHS Jobs website. If you are successful in being offered a position at the Trust, your information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record database and a local file will be created and retained on site at the Trust. For further information about how we use your data, please refer to our privacy notice.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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