Physicians Associate in London

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Physicians Associate

Employer LOWER CLAPTON GROUP PRACTICE Location London Closing date 30 Nov 2023

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Sector Contract Type Hours You need to or to save a job. We have an exciting opportunity for a Physicians Associate to join our GP Practice.

Are you looking to join a friendly, nurturing and dynamic practice in Hackney, East London. We are proud to excel in our clinical outcomes and are very proud of working in City and Hackney which has a history of valuing and investing in primary care.We are a training practice for undergraduate students, GPs and practice nurse trainees. The local confederation has a fantastic PA development programme. This involves regular development sessions with peer support led by an experienced trainer.
Main duties of the job

We are looking for a PA who is keen to join a dynamic and supportive team who value developing people. We would be keen to help you grow in any field you wish. There is a supervisor every session so you will always have support when you need it. We are about to move intoan amazing new building attached to a very special building (Google Portico Hackney) so there is a lot of excitement in the practice.

You will provide care for Patients from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of their care under the supervision and guidance of a GP, demonstrating safe, clinical decision making and providing expert care for our patients working in collaboration with the duty doctor. Working closely with the practice multi-disciplinary clinical team meeting the needs of our patients.
About us

We are a large but close team of the usual staff but also innovative PCN roles such as a vocational OT, mental health worker as well as a fantastic team of clinical pharmacists and FCPs as well as a great wellbeing team. We are a 7 partner practice one of which is our lead nurse and another is our experienced ANP. We have an experienced PA in the practice who has regular mentor and teaching/ development sessions. Any new Physicians associate would have their own mentor sessions and would join the other group development sessions.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities:

The Physician Associate has the following key responsibilities in delivering health services at Lower Clapton Group Practice. There may be, on occasion, a requirement to carry out other tasks this will be dependent upon factors such as workload and staffing levels:

a. Provide first point of contact care for patients presenting with undifferentiated, undiagnosed problems by utilising history-taking, physical examinations and clinical decision-making skills to establish a working diagnosis and management plan in partnership with the patient (and their carers where applicable)

b. Support the management of patients' conditions through offering specialised clinics following appropriate training including (but not limited to) family planning, cervical screening, baby checks, COPD, asthma, diabetes and anticoagulation

c. Provide health/disease promotion and prevention advice, alongside analysing and actioning diagnostic test results

d. Develop integrated patient-centred care through appropriate working with the wider primary care multi-disciplinary team and social care networks

e. Utilise clinical guidelines and promote evidence-based practice and partake in clinical audits, significant event reviews and other research and analysis tasks

f. Participate in duty rotas undertaking face-to-face, telephone and online consultations for emergency or routine problems as determined by the organisation, including the management of patients with long-term conditions

g. Undertake home visits when required

h. Develop and agree a personal development plan (PDP) utilising a reflective approach to practice, operating under appropriate clinical supervision

i. Receive referrals and directed patients from triage services and other clinicians

j. Manage a caseload of complex patients and potential care institutions

k. Plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions for patients with acute and chronic physical and psychological conditions

l. Utilise as needed the full range of non-drug therapies for all patients, consider pharmacological interventions and make recommendations to prescribers in accordance with evidence-based practice and national, local and practice protocols

m. Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care

n. Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote healthy lifestyles and apply principles of self-care

o. Review the latest guidance ensuring the organisation conforms to NICE, CQC etc.

p. Provide targeted support and proactive reviews for vulnerable, complex patients and those at risk of admission and re-admission to secondary care

q. Be responsive to the changing needs of patients and service provision in terms of scope and nature of clinical practice

r. Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes quality

s. Undertake clinical responsibilities as required by the organisation within scope of practice defined by RCP/GMC

t. Identify and be proactive in own training needs and development and as agreed with clinical mentor

u. Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the GMC

v. Produce accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultations, consistent with legislation, policies and procedures

w. Support in the delivery of enhanced services and other service requirements on behalf of the organisation

x. Support virtual and remote models of consultation and support including telehealth and telemedicine

y. Participate in the management of patient complaints when requested to do so and participate in the identification of any necessary learning brought about through incidents and near miss events

z. Develop yourself and the role through participation in clinical supervision, training and service redesign activities

aa. Contribute to a patient safety culture through the reporting and investigation of significant events and patient safety incidents and to undertake proactive measures to improve patient safety

bb. Actively signpost patients to the correct healthcare professional

cc. Undertake all mandatory training and induction programmes

dd. Contribute to and embrace the spectrum of clinical governance

ee. Attend a formal appraisal with your manager at least every 12 months. Once a performance/training objective has been set, progress will be reviewed on a regular basis so that new objectives can be agreed

ff. Contribute to public health campaigns (e.g., COVID-19 and flu clinics) through advice or direct care

gg. Maintain a clean, tidy, effective working area

Person Specification
  • Experience
  • Evidence of working autonomously or as part of a team
  • Understanding and knowledge of healthcare provision in GP surgeries, QOF, Enhanced Services and national standards that inform practice (NSF, NICE Guidelines)
  • Understanding GMC Good Medical Practice and the medico-legal aspects of PA role
  • Experience and an awareness of common acute and chronic conditions that are likely to be seen in general practice
  • Desirable
  • Experience of working in a primary care setting
  • Understanding of the mentorship process
  • An appreciation of the new NHS landscape including the relationships between individual practices, PCNs and the commissioners
  • Skills
  • Good organisational skills, enthusiastic and dynamic member of the clinical team
  • Effective time management
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and negotiation skills and organisational skills with the ability to constructively challenge the view and practices of managers and clinicians
  • Clear, polite telephone manner
  • Demonstrate personal accountability, emotional resilience and work well under pressure
  • Desirable
  • Good clinical system IT knowledge of EMIS
  • Personal Qualities
  • Ability to follow legal, ethical, professional and organisational policies/procedures and codes of conduct
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Able to get along with people from all backgrounds and communities, respecting lifestyles and diversity
  • Ability to use own initiative, discretion and sensitivity
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Sensitive and empathetic in distressing situations
  • Ability to identify risk and assess/manage risk when working with individuals
  • Able to provide leadership and to finish work tasks and be both flexible and cooperative
  • Knowledge of and ability to work to policies and procedures, including confidentiality, safeguarding, lone working, information governance and health and safety
  • Ability to follow legal, ethical, professional and organisational policies/procedures and codes of conduct
  • Qualifications
  • Physician Associate Postgraduate Diploma/Masters from accredited UK university
  • Registered with Faculty of Physician Associates/PAMVR and or the General Medical Council following implementation of statutory regulation, working within the latest code of professional conduct (CIPD)
  • Has passed the UK Physicians Associate (PA) National Re-Certification Exam which needs to be taken every six years

  • Employer details
    Employer name


    36 Lower Clapton Road


    E5 0PQ

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