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Physician Associate

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2022

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Physician Associate
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

We are looking to recruit two Physician Associates to the Older People's Medicine service at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team helping to deliver high quality patient centred care for older people in the trust.

The successful candidates will join the current OPM team in the day to day running of a specific inpatient ward. This will involve assessing patients as they arrive from AS, requesting investigations and instigating management plans. The successful candidates will support other junior clinicians in providing consistent cover across the department.

  • Interview Date: 11 August 2022
  • 37 hours 30 minutes/week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month's pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Main duties of the job

Clinical shifts will predominantly be based on acute inpatient wards to start with but with potential scope to also work within an outpatient or community setting. Morning shifts entail joining a Consultant ward round of a set clinical area and ensuring jobs from the ward round are actioned.

Role & responsibilities-

  • Clerking, assessing and examining patients
  • Perform diagnostic/therapeutic procedures
  • Attend ward rounds
  • Develop and deliver ap
    propriate treatment and management plans
  • Maintain timely and appropriate documentation
  • Be a key part of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Contribute to the development of efficient pathways of care
  • Develop clinical guidelines

In terms of non- clinical work the PA will be involved with teaching (medical students and PA students), contribute to other departmental meetings such as the morbidity and mortality/clinical governance meetings and have the opportunity to be involved in quality improvement projects.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated 'Outstanding' by theCQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • The PA will be under the supervision of the Medical Team and will be supported in developing those skills necessary to perform their role in providing high quality, patient centred service.
  • The post holder will work collaboratively
  • The post holder will build on their skills in clerking, assessing and examining patients gained through their physician associate training, present to more senior members of the team, initiate and interpret investigations, and recommend appropriate managements/treatments (as governed by national guidelines) . They will be expected to liaise with other professionals and specialities as required and complete necessary documentation relating to their patients.
  • Will undertake home visits as and when required.
  • It is expected that the Physician Associate will become involved in the activities of the Department, including coordinating patients on treatment pathways, reviewing inpatients and providing subsequent management of cases in conjunction with the Clinical team. Physician Associates may represent the department at local meetings as appropriate.
  • Physicians Associates will be expected to contribute to the units educational activities and instruct and educate patients in preventative healthcare.
  • Fully document all aspects of patient care and complete all required paperwork for legal and administrative purposes.

Person Specification
Skills & Experience

  • High level of competence in clinical skills and practice obtained through practice
  • Able to teach clinical professionals
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including highly competent oral and written English
  • Able to apply research outcomes to clinical problems
  • Able to take responsibility for the clinical care of patients under the supervision of Consultants.
  • Demonstrates clinical leadership
  • High level of proficiency using range of IT packages including strong competence with MS Office Suite to produce documents, reports etc
  • Developing and maintaining key relationships with wide network of people to support the development and integration of the role of Physician Associate within the Trust , for example, educational supervisors, mentors, Royal Colleges etc


  • Previous experience of working within a health care environment, ideally the NHS.
  • Recent proven experience and success as a Physician Associate (UK) or Physician Assistant (US
  • Delivering teaching to clinical professionals
  • Providing support and guidance to students or colleagues
  • Experience in a medical education institution
  • Experience in specialty related to the post

Qua BMJ Ref: BMJ-82805/317-2022-21-026



The Newcastle Hospitals is one of the largest and most successful teaching hospital Trusts in the UK, recognised nationally as a centre of healthcare excellence. 

We employ over 13,500 staff and are recognised nationally and internationally as a centre for healthcare excellence.


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