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Physician Associate

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year [£35,754] per annum (Annex 21 terms and conditions apply)
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Physician Associate
Contract Type
Full Time
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Liverpool University Hospitals wish to appoint Physician Associates to add to our well-established PA Team. We are looking for dynamic individuals with a flexible approach to work who possess excellent interpersonal & organisation skills, to work alongside our dedicated specialty teams. This role comes with rotating specialities but is a permanent long term post within the trust.

Individuals will be paid at ANNEXE 21 of a Band 7 post. This will then increase to a Band 7 salary following successful appraisal after 12 months in post.

PAs will be supported with a comprehensive induction, appropriate support in their new role, supervision & training. The trust employs a separate devoted PA team that focuses on the pastoral care, education and training, study leave and budget & yearly appraisals.

We champion PAs and are attempting to promote the role on a national level. Our dedication shows through the evolution of our PA workforce & the desire to tailor each individual PA to their specific needs.

There are now PAs established across a range of specialties & has allowed us to dedicate time & training to our PAs in order to place them permanently with their preferred team & specialty.

This internship is negotiable but we normally recommend at least one year to gain the full and diverse experience. Given how established the physician associates are throughout all three sites of LUHFT, we are able to offer a variety of placements which can be discussed upon successful appointment.

Main duties of the job

Physician Associates will be expected to work alongside junior doctors and nurses to help deliver high standards of care. Physician Associates will receive close supervision, teaching, training and mentorship to embed core skills, knowledge and competencies.

Physician Associates will provide expert assistance to Medical Workforce in their speciality and the wider multidisciplinary team, and will participate in all aspects of the team's activities as appropriate. They will be expected to perform delegated duties with a high degree of clinical skill and knowledge and to assist in clinical teaching and supervision of colleagues and students.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description
Job responsibilities


Assess and examine patients, present findings, initiate and interpret investigations and recommend treatment.

Be accountable for care given and to comply with the Fitness to Practice and Code of Conduct as standard as established by the UK Physician Associate Register and subsequently the appropriate statutory regulatory body when in place.

Exercise a high degree of personal autonomy when assessing and planning care for an agreed caseload of patients with a range of presenting complaints

In conjunction with the medical team, be responsible for co-ordinating the admission, assessment and discharge arrangements of selected group's patients

To admit and discharge patients against care pathways/guidelines and refer on to other members of the multi-disciplinary team as required

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

To ensure patients are properly assessed and safely transferred between respective departments

For further information please refer to the attached job description

Person Specification
  • Ability to organise and priorities workload effectively
  • Ability to exercise sound judgements when faced with conflicting pressures
  • Ability to implement and interpret policies and procedures
  • Experience of conducting clinical audit
  • Assist in the educational development of Physician Associate students through student shadowing and/or teaching
  • Awareness of current developments and initiatives in services appropriate to rotation
  • Clinical training and experience in medicine
  • Ability to take responsibility for clinical care of patients under the supervision of Consultants
  • Undertake audit/teaching/clinical research
  • Degree at 2:2 level or above
  • PG Dip in Physician Associate Studies from a UK PA programme
  • Current and valid certification or re-certification by the UK Physician Associate National Examination
  • Member of the Faculty of Physician Associates at the RCP, which includes registration on the UK Physician Associate Register (the PA Managed Voluntary Register)
  • Knowledge of medical procedures and terminology
  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms,
    BMJRef: BMJ-93821/287-CEF-391-22-A
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