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Geriatric Medicine

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Wessex is a fantastic place to train to become a geriatrician; offering opportunity to experience every aspect of geriatrics whilst living in a beautiful part of the country. If you live centrally it is possible to commute to every hospital on the training scheme getting the benefits of working in different sized hospitals and also community placements. There is a robust and thriving academic training programme with opportunities for all trainees to become invoved in research or education. The deanery offers a clear management and leadershipprogramme and has a professional support unit which ensures great pastoral care.

Our aim is to produce doctors who are passionate about geriatrics and the future developments of this specialty, with the majority of our trainees getting consultant jobs in Wessex.

Our sub-specialties include:

  • Community geriatrics
  • Stroke
  • Orthogeriatrics
  • Surgical geriatrics
  • Falls and Syncope
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Continence
  • Palliative care
  • Older Persons mental health


Academic geriatric medicine is led by Avan Aihie Sayer, Profressor of Geriatric Medicine, and Helen Roberts, Associate Professor, at the University of Southampton. The group currently includes expertise in epidemiology, gerontology, nutrition, statistics, basic sciene and social science.

There is an established track record of excellent research training with completion of four PhDs in the last four years; two Academic Clinical Fellows winning Welcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowships; and another gaining an NIHR Doctoral Training Fellowship.

Research interests of the group focus on sarcopenia, frailty and clinical practice in older people, supported by an MRC programme grant (PI Avan Aihie Sayer), and improving the care of older people in hospital, nutrition and movement disorders (Helen Roberts). Academic geriatric medicine is part of Medicing for Older People in UHSFT enabling our research to underpin service development where recognition and response to geriatrics syndromes, multiple morbidity, functional impairment and complex care needs are core to improving clinical practice.

Where we provide training

We provide training at the following hospitals with the following lead consultants:


Other opportunities for trainees

Many specialties dual accredit with General Internal Medicine. There is a comprehensive programme of training days arranged throughout the year covering the G(I)M curriculum. The newly appointed Training Programme Directors for general medicine ensure that trainees fulfil the requirements for dual accreditation so that they are eligible to apply for Consultant posts requiring commitment to the medical on-call rota.

There is excellent experience of unselected medical on-call available throughout the region.

Many trainees also take time out-of-programme during their training to widen their experiences including working overseas, teaching, research opportunities or a year in a stroke fellowship.

In addition, Wessex offers Medical Education Fellowships, which will help some trainees take up lead educator positions at the end of training; Quality Improvement Fellowships, which develop a greater understanding of quality improvement within the NHS; and International Fellowships.

What makes Wessex different?

Our training programme offers a broad experience in geriatrics. Specifically, Wessex offer three posts which are pure community posts giving huge opportunity to understand the role of a community geriatrician. Academic opportunities are significant; we have trainees who have academic numbers, the majority of whom go on to complete PhDs or equivalent. Those who are not academic trainees also have opportunities to be involved in research with the majority of our trainees producing, at the very least, a poster at a conference.

Wessex runs a comprehensive leadership and development course for all our trainees. There are ten WESTEC training days run every year across the region covering a five year cycle of the geriatrics curriculum. There are also regional BGS training days.

Wessex deanery offer support in the professional development of all its trainees. It specifically has the Professional Support Unit.

Is this right for you?

If you are enthusiastic and open to the opportunities that geriatric medicine at Wessex can offer, then training with Wessex is for you.

What to do next

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Please see these pages for a list of contacts:

School of Medicine Contacts

Specialty Specific Contacts

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