15 February 2013

The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) is seeking a Clinical Lead for Geriatric Medicine. The NHFD is now part of the wider Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP), commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of the Department of Health (DH) England, and managed by the RCP, by whom the new Clinical Lead will be appointed. 

The position will be attractive to a geriatrician wishing to take a leadership role in improving the care of people with hip fracture, and in particular to those with knowledge and experience of clinical audit and quality improvement.

The term of office will be until the end of March 2015 in the first instance. It is expected that the appointee will be seconded from their employing organisation (or directly) for two sessions per week.

The NHFD Clinical Lead for Geriatric Medicine will work alongside the Clinical Lead for Orthopaedic Surgery to direct the work of the NHFD which seeks to support hospitals in improving care and secondary prevention of hip fracture. The NHFD also provides the main platform via which the DH administers the Best Practice Tariff for hip fracture.

The Clinical Lead will work directly with the Orthopaedic Clinical Lead, the Project Manager and the Project Coordinators to form the NHFD Workstream Delivery Team. The Group meets once a month and, whilst regular direct contact is encouraged, much of the work can be carried out through electronic and teleconferencing facilities.

The NHFD is supported by an Advisory Group which meets twice-yearly. The NHFD reports to the FFFAP board and within the FFFAP there is strong internal governance to support the project running to budget, on time and to relevant quality standards.

The Clinical Lead will be a practising or recently retired consultant level specialist in Geriatric Medicine. They will have evidence of working as part of a Hip Fracture Programme and they must understand the methodological requirements for a clinical audit. Effective leadership and team working are vital, and the Clinical Lead should demonstrate the ability to build effective relationships with a wide range stakeholders.

To find out more about the position, please contact:
Dr Amirta Benning, FFFAP Programme Manager, amirta.benning@rcplondon.ac.uk,
Tel: 020 3075 1619

Mr Robert Wakeman, NHFD Clinical Lead for Orthopaedic Surgery,  robert.wakeman@btuh.nhs.uk

A job description can be obtained from:
Dr Amirta Benning,
FFFAP Programme Manager,
Royal College of Physicians,
11 St Andrews Place,
Regents Park, London,

Letters of application, including a statement highlighting relevant experience and a short CV, should be addressed to Dr Amirta Benning (as above).

The closing date for applications is 12pm, 20 March 2013. Interviews will take place in the morning of 11 April 2013 at the RCP.

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