Physician Associate Enfield Unity PCN in Enfield

Location: Enfield
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Recruiter: Medicus Health Partners
Job Hours: Full-time

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Physician Associate Enfield Unity PCN

Employer Medicus Health Partners Location Enfield Closing date 30 Nov 2023

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Sector Contract Type Hours You need to or to save a job. Physician Associates required to join Enfield Unity Primary Care Network as part of our team of 10 PAs working alongside thewider multidisciplinary team.

The successful candidate is required to have completed the Physician Associate Postgraduate Diploma/Masters from an accredited UK university and will be registered with the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) held by the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA).

With a large team of PAs coming on board there will be lots of opportunities for development and leadership positions for the right candidates.

We offer preceptorship with protected learning time to newly qualified PAs in partnership with NCL Training hub for education and support.
Main duties of the job

Working as a physician associate, you'll be a trained health professional, providing crucial support to doctors and regularly dealing with patients. You'll hold a variety of responsibilities and will typically work in general practitioner (GP) surgeries as part of a medical team.

Our Physician associates work under the direct supervision of a doctor and carry out many similar tasks, including patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.


As a physician associate, you'll need to:
  • work under the supervision of a doctor as part of a medical team
  • make diagnoses, analyse test results and deliver treatment
  • show a caring attitude towards patients
  • have well-developed communication skills to provide treatment plans.
  • About us

    Medicus Health Partners (MHP) is the employing organisation for Unity PCN. MHP is a super-practice made up of 13 of the 21 PCN practices. The successful applicants will be based over one or two of Enfield Unity PCN's sites.

    The successful applicants will have the unique opportunity to help shape the development of PA's in general practice working closely with the PCN clinical directors and senior colleagues.

    Benefits include: Access to the NHS Pension scheme, comprehensive induction programme, 6 weeks annual leave pro rata + bank holidays, designated Clinical Professional Development (CPD) time and paid indemnity cover.

    Job description
    Job responsibilities

    Under supervision of the GP in the practice, the post holder will provide care for the presenting patient, face to face, by telephone or by e-consultation. Through focused history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of care, they will demonstrate safe, clinical decision-making and expert care, including assessment and diagnostic skills. The post holder will demonstrate critical thinking in the decision-making process. They will work collaboratively with the healthcare team to meet the needs of the patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures. The post holder will provide a holistic and clinical service, with support and supervision of GPs, implementing agreed management plans and following approved protocols as appropriate.
    Under supervision of a GP and in accordance with the timetable, the post-holder will make him/her-self available to undertake clinical sessions.

    Under supervision of a GP, you may be required to:
  • Work clinical sessions consisting of e-Consultations, telephone triage appointments, face to face appointments
  • Conduct home visits following adequate training
  • Triage incoming pathology results and documents
  • Act upon alerts (e.g. QOF, local enhanced services etc.) and reminders during a consultation.
  • Provide clinical services required (within own competencies)
  • Undertake Surgeries during extended hours (i.e. some evenings and Saturdays) in accordance with the access needs of the network
  • Respond to medical problems presented by patients, including history taking and examination
  • Provide confidence to supervising GP in your findings and in you using your clinical findings to justify the differential diagnosis
  • Organise investigation, treatment and referral where appropriate.
  • Be confident in explaining to patients their clinical management plan and able to modify plan according to age and comorbidity.
  • Develop consultation skills to enable shared patient and practitioner decision
  • Be able to justify choice of medication. Able to understand the impact of comorbidities and other medications, poly-pharmacy on agent choice and prognosis
  • Provide appropriate preventative health care and advice.
  • Adhere to the prescribing formulary, local and national guidelines.
  • Under supervision of the GPs in the practice , make professional, autonomous decisions in relation to presenting problems, whether self-referred or referred from other health care workers within the organisation
  • Record clear and contemporaneous IT based consultation notes to agreed standards
  • Collect data for audit purposes

  • Engaging in appropriate lifelong educational and audit activity - as defined by the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates. This will be in order to maintain clinical competence and performance, including 50 hours of annual CPD, good verbal and written communication skills and able to communicate complex and sensitive information to patients, relatives or carer CBDs.
  • Participate in annual appraisal which will include staff multi source feedback (MSF) and patient survey.
  • Participate in and support other staff in ensuring the network meets targets
  • Supporting the practice staff and responding to requests for advice and assistance from the practice reception, secretarial and nursing staff.
  • Attend prescribing, palliative care, clinical and practice meetings.
  • Provide additional enhanced services to the network that meet the needs of the patient population
  • Undertake additional training where necessary to provide these enhanced services
  • Awareness of and compliance with all relevant practice policies/guidelines, e.g. prescribing, confidentiality, data protection, health and safety, CQC and annual QOF Assessment of the Practice.
  • Meet timescales/deadlines for audits and written returns to ensure that the network meets quality standards and receives the designated funding


    To behave in a professional way at all times that encourages quality care and the development of a team spirit. 360 degree feedback is used to assess clinicians and you will be required to participate in this.


    In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately.

    In the performance of the duties outlined in this Job Description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the network as a business organis

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