Physician Associate

Glenroyd Medical

Organisation: Glenroyd Medical Practice

Department: General practice

Salary: Negotiable

Job Type: Fixed term

NHS Jobs Reference: A2372-20-0991

Closing date: 01/09/2020

Staff group: Medical and Dental

Informal enquiries to: Anna Butrym

Job overview

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Physician Associate (PA) to join our team as part of the Blackpool North Primary Care Network.

The successful candidate will be well supported in this Primary Care role, by an accountable GP(s), in accordance with the needs of the PA. Both Practices are well established training Practices.

 

Main duties of the job

The candidate will be/have:

  • Post graduate diploma or degree (physician associate)
  • Member of Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register
  • Experience of working in a primary care environment
  • Experience of working as a physician associate
  • Experience in triage
  • Experience of dealing with a range of clinical conditions
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)

Please see Person Specification link for full details

 

About us

Our Network operates from Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre in Bispham, Blackpool and incorporates two Practices; Glenroyd Medical and North Shore Surgery. Our combined patient population is approximately 30K.

Network works very closely with our community team and other local Healthcare providers.

Both participating Practices adopted new methods of working via an extended clinical workforce which includes Salaried GP’s, Advanced Clinical Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists, Practice Nurses, Assistant Practitioner and Health Care Assistants. We are keen to add Physicians Associates to our repertoire as we further develop our teams.

Salary is negotiable dependent upon qualifications and experience.

If you wish to apply for this post, please complete the NHS application form, newly qualified individuals welcome to apply.

If you would like to discuss this vacancy further please contact Miss Anna Butrym on 01253 953 500

 

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB SUMMARY

The PA will provide care for the presenting patient from initial history taking and clinical assessment through to the diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of care. They will demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process, including assessment and diagnostic skills, leading to the delivery of safe care for all patients. They will work collaboratively with the healthcare team to meet the needs of the patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures. The PA will provide a holistic and clinical service, with support from GPs as required, implementing agreed management plans and following approved protocols as appropriate. The PA will be expected on a typical day to carry out some home visits and consult with patients who present on the day and via booked appointments. The PA will also review and act appropriately on blood results and referrals/correspondence regarding their patients.

Mentorship and supervision will be provided by designated senior medical personnel. The level and type of supervision will be dependent on the post holders acquisition of skills and knowledge and determined by the organisations clinical governance arrangements. The practice hold monthly education meetings and the PA would be expected to attend and partake in these.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES

CLINICAL

Participate in all treatment and preventative healthcare services in the Practice as delegated and agreed by the supervising GP(s).

Provide direct clinical care to patients using established clinical guidelines.

Consult and refer patients to physicians, medical specialists and other health professionals as indicated.

Interview patients, take medical histories, perform physical examinations, analyse, diagnose and explain medical problems during surgery consultations and home visits.

Recommend and explain appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment.

Request and interpret results of laboratory investigations when necessary.

Perform specialised diagnostic physical exams and treatment procedures.

Instruct and educate patients in preventative health care.

Conduct telephone consultations which may involve discussing the result and implications of laboratory investigations with patients as well as dealing appropriately with routine and emergency complaints

Order laboratory tests as required and agreed under supervising doctor(s).

Fully document all aspects of patient care and complete all required paperwork for legal and administrative purposes.

Contribute to the clinical development of the Practice by developing a special interest and to help establish appropriate systems to manage common chronic medical conditions, ensuring compliance with NSF guidelines.

Participate fully in the clinicians duty rota including the provision of home visits when appropriate.

Formulate diagnoses and treatment plans, in consultation with or referring to Supervising doctor(s) as appropriate.

Give clinical instructions to nursing staff and Community Team as required.

Communicate when necessary with colleagues in Primary Care and hospital specialists in order to discuss or refer specific patients, plan and co-ordinate activities or exchange information in order to improve the quality of patient care.

Deal regularly with community hospitals, consultants and other health care providers, insurance companies and other community organisations to refer/consult on specific cases, participate in community service and education projects and activities and the like.

TRAINING / EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Ensure continuing education, training and development is undertaken to meet clinical governance guidelines for Continuing Professional Development and a Personal Development Plan.

Keep up to date with relevant medical research, technology and evidence-based medical practice by attending continuing education courses and professional meetings, reading journals etc.

Undertake 50 hours of continuing medical education (CPD) every year. A minimum of 25 hours must be in accredited direct learning programmes.

Take and pass the national re-certification exam every 6 years in accordance with the requirements of the PA Managed Voluntary Register and as recommended by the National Examination Sub Committee of the UKUBPAE (UK Universities Board of Physician Associate Education) and subsequently as required by the statutory regulating body when in place.

Perform a variety of research and analysis tasks associated with improvement of clinical care, medical diagnosis and treatment where appropriate using the following means:

o Audit of clinical practice.

o Review of relevant literature.

o Research unusual symptoms and treatment options, through consultation with physicians and other medical specialists.

Provide literature reviews and the like; review, analyse and determine the significance of a variety of diagnostic test results

Assist in clinical instruction and supervision of medical and nursing students as well other learners that may periodically be attached to the practice, including the educational development and mentoring of Physician Associate students.

Attend regular multi-disciplinary meetings organised by the Practice in order to discuss and learn from recent significant events relating to clinical practice occurring within the Practices.

Attend regular educational meetings organised by the Practice in order to update clinical knowledge, practice policy and guidelines and disseminate other useful information relevant to the provision of adequate healthcare for patients.

Regularly reflect on own practice (and keep a record of learning encounters) in order to identify learning needs and encourage self-directed lifelong learning and continued professional development.

For full Job Description please see the attached document link.

 

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Post graduate diploma or degree (physician associate)
  • Experience of working in a primary care environment
  • Experience of working as a physician associate
  • Experience in triage
  • Experience of dealing with a range of clinical conditions
  • Ability to effectively triage, assess and diagnose
  • Wound care
  • ECGs
  • Chaperone procedure
  • Requesting pathology tests and processing the results, advising patients accordingly
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma
  • Spirometry
  • CHD
  • Immunisations (routine, childhood and travel)
  • Understand the importance of evidence-based practice
  • Broad knowledge of clinical governance
  • Ability to record accurate clinical notes
  • Ability to work within own scope of practice and understanding when to refer to GPs
  • Please see attached Person Specification document for full details.

Desirable

  • Member of Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register
  • Knowledge of public health issues in the local area
  • Awareness of issues within the wider health arena
  • Knowledge of health promotion strategies
  • Understand the requirement for PGDs and associated policy
  • Understanding of the audit process
  • Understanding of clinical risk management
  • Please see Person Specification Document for full details.