Physician Associate - Saxonbrook Medical Centre

Position Location: Crawley

Contract Type: Full-time

Closing Date: 02 June 2024

Salary: £41,000 - £48,000 per annum dependent on experience

Specific Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Physician Associate - Saxonbrook Medical Centre

Post holder will be employed by Saxonbrook Medical Centre.

Responsible to: GP Partners

Proposed salary:
£41,000 - £48,000 per annum dependent on experience (pro rata)

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week

Base:
Saxonbrook Medical Centre, Maidenbower Square, Maidenbower, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 7QH. We also operate from other sites within Crawley.

About Saxonbrook Medical

Saxonbrook Medical is a 20,000 patient population practice serving our community over two sites. The team is comprised of Doctors, Physician Associates, Paramedics, Pharmacists, Nurses and Healthcare Assistants all supported by a strong administrative team.  We work together as a team to provide the best care possible to our community. We are a teaching Practice who welcome a number of trainees into the Practice including Doctors, Student Physician Associates and Student Nurses and also support the progress and development of our employees.

We work within a local Primary Care Network, working collaboratively with Social Prescribers, Pharmacists and First Contact Practitioners.

We offer the NHS Pension Scheme. Clinical staff receive 25 days annual leave + bank holidays pro rata. There is also a provision for study leave.

We also have a fantastic employee assistance programme available which can support with a whole array of things, as well as a wellness app.

Job summary

Under supervision of the GP in the practice, the post holder will provide care for the presenting patient from 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, for patients within the service. 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.

This post will provide first point of contact care for a range of patients presenting with undifferentiated, undiagnosed problems.

Primary duties and areas of responsibility

The postholder, under appropriate supervision, will:

  • Provide first point of contact care for patients presenting with undiagnosed problems and manage a clinical caseload in a primary care setting. The postholder will take a history, carry out any necessary physical examinations and utilise clinical decision-making skills and diagnostic tools to establish a working diagnosis and management plan in partnership with the patient (and carers where applicable)
  • Review, analyse and action diagnostic test results
  • Deliver integrated patient-centred care through appropriate working with the wider primary care multidisciplinary team and social care colleagues
  • Undertake consultations face-to-face, via telephone or online for emergency or routine problems as determined by the Practice.
  • Where required by the Practice, undertake specialised clinics following appropriate training.
  • Undertake home visits and participate in duty rotas
  • Provide health promotion/disease prevention advice to patients
  • Utilise clinical guidelines and promote evidence-based practice in all interactions with patients
  • Participate in clinical audit, significant event reviews and other research
  • Participate in continuing professional development activities as agreed with your line manager and clinical supervisors
  • Work in accordance with practice policies
  • Record all patient interaction contemporaneously in the patient record
  • Provide clinical leadership where appropriate within the practice and support other members of the team to develop and maintain clinical skills appropriate to your role and expertise.

Person specification

Essential

  • Full membership at the Faculty of Physician Associates at the RCP (this is a mandatory condition for employment but those with student membership and awaiting to sit National Exam or awaiting results are encouraged to apply)
  • Registration with the UK Managed Voluntary Register (FPA MVR) as full or student member

Applicants will not be considered if they do not have all points listed above.

Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc level Degree prior to undertaking PA programme
  • PG Diploma or Masters in Physician Associate Studies from a UK training programme (or equivalent)
  • Valid certification of Physician Associate Revalidation Exam (if applicable)

Applicants will not be considered if they do not have all points listed above.

Desirable

  • BLS/ILS/PILS/ALS certification
  • Valid certification of Physician Associate National Exam

(Those registered to sit the National Exam in the near future, or awaiting results are encouraged to apply).

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • Clinical training and experience in
  • medical specialty 
  • Ability to take responsibility of clinical care of patients under the supervision of General Practitioners 
  • Demonstrates clinical leadership
  • Ability to drive change
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Experience of audit
  • Ability to work with other professionals in both acute and community services
  • Experience of teaching
  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems

Desirable

  • Experience of designing audit projects 
  • Management course experience 
  • Recognised qualification in teaching 
  • Evidence of research experience, e.g. publications
  • Previous experience in Primary Care

Qualities and Attributes

Essential

  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Demonstrates commitment to CPD 
  • Creates good working relationships 
  • Demonstrates initiative and drive 
  • Commitment to the Primary Care Network   
  • Flexibility in shift/working patterns to meet the needs of the service 
  • Is able to participate as a team member 
  • Willing to accept additional responsibilities as delegated by senior staff
  • Able to communicate professionally and effectively

Other

Essential

  • Flexibility of working hours/able to work at the desired times/change hours to suit needs of the Practice e.g., if Practice looks at extended hours etc.
  • Car driver/clean licence

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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