Frailty Specialist Clinician

Hampshire Hospitals NH
Basingstoke North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke
Competitive salary
01 Apr 2021
11 Apr 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides services through its three hospitals in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester. We provide all general hospital services for planned and emergency care as well as specialist services.

Band 7 Frailty Specialist Clinician - Emergency Department and Acute Assessment Unit

Location: Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital - Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Role Description:

The successful candidate will work within the Frailty Team in the fast paced Emergency Department, Acute Assessment Unit and South Central Ambulance Falls/Frailty Car project. Frailty Specialist Clinicians are the role models of exceptional, appropriate and compassionate care of older people living with frailty.

This post will have preference for an Occupational Therapist or another professional with the skills to assess a patient's physical, cognitive and social ability to remain at home or put plans in place to meet any acute or long term needs.

Working in frailty requires and empowers the professional to work beyond the boundaries of their traditional role to provide assessment and personalised treatment and care planning which is truly patient centred.

The frailty team work very closely with our community partners and are actively involved in the Hampshire Together programme. We expect that this role will work flexibly across hospital, community and ambulance services in line with the evolving integrated care model strategy.

What we are looking for:
  • A passion for older adults
  • An understanding of the unique challenges someone living with frailty faces, especially when acutely unwell
  • Someone who values working as part of a close virtual multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Previous experience with older adults or those with complex needs
  • Advanced assessment and care planning skills using a holistic approach
  • A willingness and ability to work "hands-on" in all aspects of patient assessment and care
  • Completed or looking to complete post-graduate education related to Frailty

What we would like to offer:
  • Comprehensive multidisciplinary working in a supportive environment, linking closely with the Acute Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Community Frailty teams.

  • The opportunity to develop a holistic approach to patient care in front door working, with Senior Nursing, Therapy and Medical support.

  • Opportunities to participate and lead on quality improvement projects in Frailty.

  • Flexible working hours, training opportunities and support with other aspects to aid career progression within your profession.
  • Wessex Competency Framework for frailty
  • Potential for funded completion of Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc Apprenticeship

Who we are:

The Frailty Team consists of specialist nursing, therapy and medical professionals who work together to provide Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and personalised treatment and care planning to older people living with frailty when they initially present to the hospital.

We aim to facilitate same day discharges utilising a discharge to assess model where possible or facilitate a tailored and efficient admission. Our assessment process promotes a holistic approach to patient care and aids communication with other services both in the hospital and the community. Our proactive hands-on approach to working at the front door is critical to achieving the right outcome for our patients.

We are an expanding service with aims to strengthen links with the community to provide high quality care to patients beyond our doors. We are also developing our work with the downstream wards in the hospital for those patients who require a longer admission to hospital. Our long term aim is to develop a frailty friendly Emergency Department and Acute Assessment Unit and ensure patients living with frailty receive timely specialist assessment and treatment in the most appropriate setting.

The frailty team are also currently engaged in number of pilot projects including a Delirium pathway, Ambulance falls/frailty response car, same day emergency care for older people as well as internal quality improvement projects.

About the trust:

The vision at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to provide outstanding care for every patient. We serve a population of nearly 600,000 people across Hampshire and West Berkshire as well as some people who access our specialist services from across the country.

Created in January 2012 the Foundation Trust prioritises the provision of exceptional, compassionate, care delivered by the valued staff working in a culture of collaboration and mutual respect. HHFT employs circa 6,000 people and had a turnover of £382m in 17/18.

Four core values (CARE) Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Encourage. These are in place to support of four clear objectives, provide outstanding care of patients, empowering all members of staff, sustainable growth and innovating for the future.


We recommend that anyone interested in the role contacts the team prior to application

For further details / informal visits contact:

Hannah Munns - Frailty Matron

01256 319804

Additional contact information

Alison McGinnes - Consultant Nurse for Frailty

01256 319804

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Our commitment to you:

We are committed to equality and diversity in both the provision of our services and how we recruit and manage our staff. Applications are encouraged from everyone with the necessary attributes for the job, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

The paperwork:
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted at least 5 working days before the scheduled interview date. After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system (Trac). All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from . As all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders as emails are sometimes filtered there.
  • All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post.
  • In compliance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016, all applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English to an appropriate standard which will be assessed as part of the selection process.
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This vacancy may close before the current listed closing date. If you intend to apply you are advised not to delay submitting your completed application.

Please kindly note: If you have applied for this role within our Trust in the last 3 months and have not been successful your new application may not be considered.

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.

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