Geriatrics

General description of the work Consultant Geriatricians undertake

The Consultant Geriatrician is a doctor specialising in the care of elderly patients. He/She deals with illnesses associated with old age such as stroke (cardiovascular accident/CVA), transient ischaemic accident (TIA), dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, falls and poor mobility in the elderly.
The Consultant Geriatrician also deals with general medical problems in the elderly.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • The diagnoses and management of elderly patients who have suffered a stroke or a TIA
  • The management of elderly patients who have suffered falls

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Consultant Geriatrician may be known as a Consultant Physician with a special interest in Geriatrics. He/She may be known as a Consultant in the Care of the Elderly or as a Geriatric Consultant or as a Geriatric Physician.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Geriatrician will usually have MRCP or FRCP (Membership or Fellowship of one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians).

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Geriatrician may be a Lecturer or Professor in Medicine or in Geriatrics or in Medicine of the Elderly at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.