Geriatric Medicine

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. With a central base in the region 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 involved in research or education. Wessex Post Graduate Medical Education offers a clear management and leadership programme and has a Professional Support and Wellbeing Unit (PSW) 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 securing consultant jobs in Wessex post-CCT.

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, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, and Helen Roberts, Associate Professor, at the University of Southampton. The group currently includes expertise in epidemiology, gerontology, nutrition, statistics, basic science and social science.

There is an established track record of excellent research training with completion of four Doctor of Philosophy (PhDs) in the last four years, two Academic Clinical Fellows winning Welcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowships, and another gaining an National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Training Fellowship.

Research interests of the group focus on sarcopenia, frailty and clinical practice in older people, supported by an Medical Research Council (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 Medicine for Older People in University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust 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.