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Physician Associate

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Gross Per Annum
Closing date
5 Feb 2022

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NSFT Secure and Forensic Mental Health Services have been consistently rated Good by the CQC and we aspire to continue our journey towards becoming an Outstanding service. Our inpatient secure services form part of a wide and growing body of clinical services operating in a variety of settings linked to criminal justice services. NSFT Secure Services offer low and medium secure mental health services for men, an innovative integrated secure mental health service for women, mental health services in our local prisons, community forensic services, criminal justice liaison and diversion services and Offender Personality Disorder services in partnership with probation services.

We are seeking a Physician Associate to join the team in our secure inpatient mental health service for men based at Northside House in Norwich.

Main duties of the job

You will become part of the multidisciplinary clinical team providing holistic mental and physical healthcare to our complex service users and will work flexibly with other members of the multidisciplinary and physical health teams. The Physician Associate role will work under the supervision and guidance of a Consultant Psychiatrist and their skills will complement other roles within the clinical teams.

About us

Within Secure and Forensic Services we value every member of staff and we aspire to offer all our staff a supportive and satisfying work experience. We believe that staff, who feel valued by their employers and are truly engaged are able to provide better outcomes for our service users. We offer all staff a forensic induction programme and once part of the team you will receive regular supervision and will have access to reflective practice and to opportunities to attend additional training to continue to develop your skills and to learn from colleagues. You will also have the opportunity to be part of our quality improvement work within the service and to develop your audit and research skills.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.


Benefits included with this role are:

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more
  • Relocation packages.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Physician Associate roles will include but may not be limited to:

  • Practice under the supervision of a Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Conduct initial psychiatric assessments, take patient histories and perform physical examinations
  • Establish differential diagnosis, making appropriate treatment plans under supervision
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings, handovers and other relevant clinical meetings
  • Treat patient and their family members using a high degree of empathy and advanced communication skills
  • Respond in a timely way to requests to assess or review patients physical and / or mental health
  • Record clinical notes about patient contacts and provide advice to staff on further management / investigations / interventions
  • Review and summarise patient notes for the purposes of contributing to discharge summaries and reports.
  • Undertake assessment and assistance to ward staff in the event of medical emergencies
  • Work collaboratively with the relevant team
  • Liaise with primary care and relevant secondary health care providers relating to a patients care or treatment
  • Support health promotion activities including those relating to smoking, drugs and alcohol
  • Contribute to the development of physical health competencies in mental health staff in a range of settings.
  • Participate in undergraduate teaching- Support junior doctors on placement

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, please click the APPLY BUTTON!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification



  • PG Diploma in Physician Associate Studies or equivalent
  • Membership of UKAPA




  • Experience of working within a Mental Health setting




  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms, legislation and issues
  • An awareness of current developments and initiatives in mental healthcare




  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of patients
  • Ability to liaise with colleagues at all levels both inside Application Form / Interview / References Page | 8 JD 2020 and outside the organisation




  • Sound IT knowledge including internet, Word, Excel, Outlook




  • Ability to travel as the role requires
  • Commitment to continuing professional development and quality improvement

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 BMJRef: BMJ-60134/246-SEC3844589


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