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Physician Associate

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
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7 Dec 2022

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Physician Associate
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Full Time
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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, click APPLY!

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

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Location:  Norfolk and Suffolk, East of England

Core Values:  Respectfully, Positively, Together

Size:  We employee 4,000 plus people across Community and Inpatient sites across Norfolk and Suffolk

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. 

We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services. Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was established in 2012, following the merge of Norfolk and Waveney Partnership Trust and Suffolk Partnership Trust. We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities. 

Research at NSFT

NSFT is committed to growing the amount of research taking place locally and has developed a robust infrastructure to enable this to happen. The Trust has a thriving R+D department recruiting to Portfolio studies with a large R+D team in support of this. In addition there is an innovative research development programme which has successfully helped many clinicians to develop their research ideas and careers, link to other centres of clinical and research excellence and to guide them towards potentially leading on research grant applications. The department has been very successful in these grant applications with three dedicated teams: child and youth, adult, and older peoples clinical areas each of which is now leading on major publications and funded NIHR grants and fellowships. The department has strong links with UEA and other universities and has the full support of the Trust Board.

We provide services in the following locations

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  

This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.”

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

Great Yarmouth

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