SESPA GP Advisor

Position Location: Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: 20 June 2024

Salary: £11,000 per session, per annum

Specific Hours: 1 session / 4 hours per week

SESPA GP Advisor

Strategic Objectives

Working to the direction of the PA Director and in partnership with the NHSE Primary Care School, Regional Clinical Director and PA Ambassadors,  the Strategic Clinical Advisor will predominantly face ‘outward’, drawing on available data and intelligence to identify priority areas for engagement and focus, both at Integrated Care System and individual employer level [Primary Care Network and GP] particularly in areas of known workforce challenge or where employer engagement is poor and PA uptake/retention is poor, with a focus on improving patient care through workforce transformation and a collaborative MDT. They will work in partnership with the NHSE SE Workforce Transformation Leads ensuring that primary care-related information and intelligence is used to inform not only programme development within the school, but also HEI and HEI cohort growth.

They will also have a key role to support the PA Leads in the ICBs to ensure that expertise around PAs in Primary Care becomes integrated. Given their level of visibility, this may not be limited to the SE region, and Regional Clinical Advisors should have flexibility to respond to requests for help from other regions.


Key working relationships

The post is based at East Surrey Hospital with a requirement to travel and work with stakeholders [employers, education providers, and PAs] based in the following Integrated Care Systems: Surrey Heartlands; Sussex Health and Care; Kent and Medway.

The post holder will provide and receive highly complex information to and from a variety of audiences including:

  • NHSE SE Programme and Performance Oversight Group
  • NHSE National Primary and Integrated Care Team
  • NHSE SE Business Intelligence Team
  • SE PA School Board
  • NHSE SE Finance Team
  • NHSE SE Schools of Primary Care
  • South East Integrated Care Systems
  • NHS Chief Executives, Chief Medical Officers, Directors and Managers
  • Governing Body Chief Executive programme sponsor
  • Education providers
  • Professional and statutory regulators
  • Sector Skills Councils (Skills for Health and Skills for Care)
  • Primary Care Networks
  • Training Hubs

Main duties and key responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • To provide effective clinical leadership, contributing to the strategic development of the South East PA School.
  • To develop ICS-level primary care knowledge and intelligence relating to workforce challenges and pressures and provide guidance to system leadership on potential deployment and development of Physician Associates, working in partnership with the NHSE SE Workforce Transformation ICS leads.
  • Evaluates stakeholder needs from a range of qualitative and quantitative data sources (NWRS data, ICS strategic delivery plans, stakeholders’ input, commissioned research) to inform further development of PA School work streams relating to Primary Care, working in partnership with the NHSE SE Business Intelligence Teams.
  • To contribute to the vision of the local NHS and to enhance patient care by providing leadership and direction with respect to the quality of education, training and development, employment and deployment
  • To be an advocate and a positive role model on behalf of NHSE SE and the SE School, by promoting leadership that inspires, motivates and empowers all staff, and demonstrating the values of the NHS
  • To work locally with key groups and stakeholders, to attend and host events across the regions, to develop key liaisons and to ensure effective local engagement and responsiveness
  • Responsibility for representing the SE School in respect to workforce transformation to a broad range of external stakeholders
  • Supporting the PA Director to build and preserve trusted stakeholder relationships and networks of influence among external, board-level stakeholders in challenging circumstances to support the promotion of the school’s strategic objectives
  • Development of long-term, strategic delivery plans for primary care programmes of work.
  • To review how multi-professional healthcare teams interact and identify opportunities for PAs to work more effectively together through education and training.
  • Work with the Manager and Administrator to ensure development of underpinning processes to support delivery of the agreed plan
  • Ensure delivery of any PA-related requirements of the NHSE mandate through SE initiatives and programmes.
  • Provide advice to HEIs on primary care aspects of the PA curriculum and to students on careers in primary care
  • Support and train GP supervisors of PAs and contribute to the discussions and planning around best practice for GP PA supervision
  • Develop and advise on training and CPD events for PAs working in primary care
  • Support the KSS PA network, identifying champions and other centres of excellence
  • Promote the PA role to colleague and stakeholder across the network


  • Maintain up to date awareness of policy developments and intelligence, ensuring regular provision of reports to key stakeholders where appropriate
  • Play an active role in clinical governance and audit, supporting a culture of continuous improvement and learning
  • Maintain high standards of continuing professional development and medical education
  • Lead relevant research and development within the area of specialism


Key attitudes and behaviours

  • Demonstrates strong leadership to improve performance and make a difference by focusing on goals.
  • Empowered and able to deliver.
  • Committed to involving all staff in developing positive and innovative approaches to business challenges.
  • Empowers staff to take control, make decisions and act on innovative ideas.
  • Works in a way that complies with legislation, organisational policy and procedures in relation to health, safety and risk management, and ensures others do the same.
  • Takes ownership for promoting and maintaining a healthy, safe and pleasant work environment.
  • Takes action to eliminate and reduce identified risks.
  • Actively promotes change, improvement and sharing of knowledge, information and learning.
  • Adaptable, flexible and able to operate effectively when faced with uncertainty and change.
  • Willing to engage with and learn from peers, other professionals and colleagues in order to provide or support the most appropriate interventions in the course of their role.
  • Professional, calm and efficient.
  • Mindful, insightful and decisive.
  • Effective organiser, influencer and networker.
  • Thrives in a busy working environment.
  • Innovative and positive approach.
  • Demonstrates initiative and autonomy where appropriate.
  • Aware of the impact of own behaviour on others.
  • Driven by the needs of patients and service users. Recognises that improved patient care is at the heart of all decision making.
  • Leads by example, actively acts as a role model in own behaviour and fosters an inclusive culture.
  • Acts as a role model for the team in terms of delivery of high performance and instils a culture of high performance within teams and develops ability in others to manage time effectively.
  • Acts as a role model for the teams in terms of quality assurance and performance and instils a culture of high quality within team.
  • Constructively challenges and accepts constructive challenge from others.
  • Promotes a safe environment for exchange of views and ideas
  • Maintains the highest standards of integrity in all interactions.
  • Makes decisions and has a clear reason for the decisions made
  • Ability to work at the hub site at East Surrey Hospital on an agreed day of the week
  • Is able to participate as a team member
  • Willing to accept additional responsibilities as delegated by senior staff
  • Displays SASH Values: Dignity and Respect, One Team, Compassion, Safety and Quality


Person Specification 




  • Full GMC registration with licence to practice as a GP


  • Professional development as an educator or leader




  • Previously worked with Physician Associates in Primary Care


  • Regional or national experience of clinical or educational leadership


Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


  • Understand the role of the Physician Associate in Primary Care - both newly qualified and more experienced
  • Excellent communication skills - from writing a broad range of documents and communication materials and creating and giving presentations to varied groups of stakeholders
  • Able to work and make decisions autonomously guided by principles and broad policies/regulations and take action based on own interpretations
  • Able to work with people at all levels and effectively engage with stakeholders


Behaviours and Values


  • Persuasive and effective negotiator with politicial astuteness and able to achieve outcomes in difficult and contentious situations
  • Demonstrates passion for the PA role in Primary Care
  • Is of good health and good character as per GMC/GDC requirements
  • Displays SASH values: Dignity and Respect, One Team, Compassion and Safety and Quality
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