Physician Associate

£38,890 to £44,503 a year Per annum
14 Oct 2021
30 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Physician Associate to join the Urgent Care department at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

This post would suit a Physician Associate keen to work in a very dynamic and challenging yet rewarding environment, with multiple opportunities to progress their careers. We are looking for a quick thinking, motivated and compassionate professional who is a great ambassador for the Physician Associate profession, and eager to join us in delivering a high standard of patient care at all times. You will hold a first degree (preferably science or health-related) and then have graduated from an established PG Dip or MSc Physician Associate Training Programme based on the Department of Healths Competence & Curriculum Framework. You will need to have successfully passed the UK Physician Associates National Examination and six-yearly Re-certification Exam, and must also be on the UK Managed Voluntary Register for Physician Associates.

Please note - We are only accepting applications from candidates who have not previously been shortlisted.

Main duties of the job

The Physician Associate role in Urgent Care at Northampton General Hospital has been well established since 2012, with Physician Associates being considered integral members of the teams. There are currently five Physician Associates employed within Urgent Care, two of whom are Senior Physician Associates. There are also Physician Associates employed in other departments in the Trust.

As a Physician Associate in Urgent Care, you will be working as part of the Acute Medicine Team and will be supervised in your clinical role overall by the Consultants; and will be line-managed by the Senior Physician Associates. The Physician Associates rotate cyclically on a weekly basis between the different areas within Acute Medicine ie. the 2 Assessment Units (Esther White Ward and Walter Tull Ward), Clerking (usually in the Emergency Department but also on the Assessment Units), Same Day Emergency Care, and Acute Cardiology.

About us

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust provides general acute services for a population of 380,000 and hyper-acute stroke, vascular and renal services to people living throughout the whole of Northamptonshire, a population of 692,000. The Trust is also an accredited Cancer Centre and provides cancer services to a wide population of 880,000 who live in Northamptonshire and parts of Buckinghamshire.

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust is a very exciting, welcoming and supportive place to work. Within the Urgent Care Directorate, a modern two-storey Assessment Unit with 60 acute beds, Same Day Emergency Care, and a co-located GP-led Urgent Treatment Centre have all helped to alleviate a considerable amount of the pressure from increasing acute attendances to the Emergency Department, reduce waiting times, enhance our hospital's bed capacity, and enable us to deliver high-quality Urgent Care in an environment designed to meet the needs of both patients and staff.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Organise and implement decisions made on ward rounds, reporting to the on-duty Consultant.

Take patient histories and perform physical examinations, formulate differential diagnoses, initiate and interpret investigations, initiate treatment and management plans under Consultant supervision overall.

To fully document all aspects of patient care, and complete all required paperwork.

Perform other tasks, not prohibited by law, in which the Physician Associate has been trained and is proficient to perform.

Work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary clinical team, i.e. Consultants, junior doctors, nursing staff, therapy staff, pharmacists etc. to encourage and ensure good working relationships.

Communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, and involve them in shared decision making.

To contribute to the development of efficient pathways of care in accordance with current best practice and national guidelines.

Support and contribute to timely discharge planning including completing discharge summaries and support optimising bed capacity.

Person Specification
Qualifications & Training
  • Minimum of a BA/BSc Degree prior to undertaking the Physician Associate programme.
  • PG Dip / MSc in Physician Associate Studies from a UK training programme.
  • Current and valid certification or re-certification by the Physician Associate National Examination (OR: If US trained, Current and valid certification with the National Commission on Certification for Physician Associates (NCCPA).
  • On the UK Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PA MVR).
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • ILS, ALS & PALS certification
  • Member of the Faculty of Physician Associates.
  • oVery good knowledge of medical conditions, treatments and clinical management. Ability to support doctors in decision-making
  • oKnowledge of Emergency/Acute Medicine
  • oAbility to organise and prioritise workload effectively
  • oExperience of Emergency/Acute Medicine
  • oExperience of working as a qualified PA
  • oExperience of additional skills or clinical procedures
  • Worked as a Physician Associate for more than 1 year
  • Experience of conducting clinical audit/QIPs
  • Good interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Experience of additional skills or clinical procedures
  • Ability to work well under pressure

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