Medicine for the elderly and general internal medicine (Charing Cross)
GP trainees have the opportunity to join the elderly medicine unit at Charing Cross Hospital (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust). Post holders work across two busy elderly medicine wards where they experience daily consultant ward rounds, academic and clinical meetings as well as gain a high level of support and input from supporting therapies.
Due to the nature of elderly care medicine post holders will gain considerable expertise in managing a wide range of medical conditions. They’ll work in a strong, established, multi-disciplinary team both in acute and long-term rehabilitation settings. Post holders can also spend time working in a separate rehabilitation unit if they wish to get more experience in that area.
Post holders can maximise their experience thanks to the unit’s strong links with other medical specialties. They’ll be able to attend the following specialty clinics depending on their interests:
- Rapid access chest pain clinics run by Dr Kevin Fox
- Community chronic obstructive pulmonary disease clinics run by Dr Graeme Wilson
- Gastroenterology clinics – inflammatory bowel disease and functional gastro intestinal disease run by Dr Geoff Smith
- Rheumatology clinics
Clinic experience helps trainees gain useful insight into the management of chronic disease, the value of integrating community and hospital resources as well as learning how to manage common presentations of cardiac, pulmonary and gastro-intestinal disease.
Post holders will:
- Be responsible for the day-to-day review of patients on the elderly care unit, alongside specialist registrars and consultants
- Be responsible for record keeping, organising investigations and liaising with other specialty teams
- Attend outpatient clinics as detailed above depending on their specific interests
- Be responsible for liaising with the therapies teams
- Partake in multidisciplinary meetings including case conferences in order to facilitate management of clinical problems and community placement.
Compulsory meetings include:
- Medical grand round
- Acute medicine tutorials
- Medicine department meeting
Currently shift are run by eight trainees, and include:
Please note on-call duties may change.
Post holders can gain wide medical experience by undertaking on-call duties. Trainees will be asked to cover medical specialty wards with the support of a medical specialist registrar on-call specialty teams.