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Physician Associate in Surgery

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Feb 2022

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Applicants will be required to be registered on the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) Managed Voluntary Register (FPMVR) before commencement of employment. They must hold, a PG Diploma or Masters in Physician Associate Studies from a recognised University and have passed the UK Physician Associate National Examinations or equivalent for internationally trained applicants.

Successful candidates will undergo an induction programme and be supported and mentored in the development of their clinical practice. They will be allocated a consultant educational supervisor to support them to develop a professional portfolio and will be offered CPD, study leave support, and teaching time.

The Surgical Directorate at Wythenshawe hospital is an exciting place to work with opportunities for this post holder to work on our Surgical Ambulatory Care Receiving Unit (SACRU), in the surgical clinics alongside consultants and working towards independence and on the wards supporting Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and in supporting older, frail patients undergoing laparotomy. There are also opportunities to get involved in clinical research within the department.

If applying as a student, please state date of university and national exams in the supporting information. You must be able commence employment by April 2022.

Main duties of the job

Patient Care

With appropriate clinical supervision, the post holder will:

  • undertake patient consultations, assessments & clinical examinations;
  • order appropriate investigations;
  • interpret investigation findings;
  • determine a list of differential diagnoses;
  • recommend a management/treatment plan;
  • take responsibility for an appropriate dedicated patient caseload.

Within your scope of practice (subject to appropriate training and experience), and as appropriate to your specialty, develop competencies to:

  • assist in operative procedures;
  • perform delegated diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

As part of a multi-disciplinary team:

  • support the delivery of care in a range of settings; including emergency assessment, inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, out of hospital and operating theatres (where applicable);
  • support and contribute to timely discharge planning where appropriate.

Maintain accurate, timely and appropriate documentation.

Contribute to the development of efficient pathways of care within specialty and across the Trust.

Ensure the provision of a high standard of care at all times, using a high degree of empathy and advanced communication skills

Liaise closely and work collaboratively within the clinical/multi-disciplinary team to ensure good working relationships are in place which maximise benefits to patient care.

Build effective networks with other teams and other organisations, working in collaboration to support efficient patient care.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of £1.8bn and is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating the most exceptional integrated health and social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we champion collaborative working and transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We're proud to be one of the major academic research centres and education providers in England and Research and Innovation is the heart of all we do, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. We're also excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable and tackling climate change.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Join us and you'll work with some of the best people in the NHS, thriving in a Trust united in its values, purpose and commitment to our patients and a drive for continual innovation and improvement.

Job description
Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Important Notice From 1st April 2022 all NHS workers in England who have face to face or incidental contact with patients must have had their first and second vaccinations for COVID-19.

Only those with medical exemptions will be excluded from this requirement.

This mandatory requirement may apply to this position. If it does apply, you will be asked to provide evidence of vaccinations / exemption as part of the employment checks if you are offered the position.

Diversity MattersMFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and across our workforce. As an inclusive employer, if you have any special requirements to support you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification
Education/ Qualifications

  • Member of Faculty of Physician Associates which includes registration with the UK Managed Voluntary Registry
  • Relevant first BA/BSC degree prior to undertaking PA programme
  • Post graduate Diploma in Physician Associate studies from UK training programme or equivalent
  • Current certification of Physician Associate National Exam or National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • Evidence of relevant ongoing personal and professional development


  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of BMJRef: BMJ-60308/349-WTWA-3814406


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