Thank you for your interest in working at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. We hope after reading more about the Trust and this exciting and rewarding role that you are encouraged to apply and become part of our team.Main duties of the job
The post spans Acute/General Medicine and Care of the Elderly/Acute Frailty wards. The postholder will work 9am - 5pm each day Monday to Friday. PA's will rotate through each of these ward positions every 4 months. Each post holder will gain a huge background in all aspects of General and Elderly Medicine and embed themselves within the ward team and wider multidisciplinary team.
Written into the work schedule at present is one session every 2.5 weeks for participating in the acute medical take during weekdays from 4pm -8pm. We envisage that his will provide further experience in the 'on call take' and management of Medical patients to those post holders.
We are also currently developing exciting opportunities to expand the role of PAs, to have regular on call sessions, evening and weekend shifts - this will be within the scope of the 37.5 hours per week PA contract. This again hopes to offer a range of exposure to develop the PAs' experience.About us
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are a committed multi- professional team who provide much-valued hospital and community services to residents in South East London. The Trust has built a good reputation as a place to enjoy job satisfaction and develop professional skills and experiences. Our people value the opportunity to work in a supportive culture and, we ensure our team are well rewarded for their contribution. By joining us now, you can play a role in shaping our organisation that continues to put patient and client care first. Whatever the challenges ahead, we're prepared to face them as one team.Job description Job responsibilities
The key duties and responsibilities will include:
- Assess and examine medical patients, order appropriate investigations, interpret investigation findings, form a list of differential diagnoses and recommend management/treatment accordingly.
- Attend consultant and/or StR ward rounds and provide continuing care for patients on their ward(s)
- Coordinate patients on ambulatory pathways related to them
- Maintain timely and appropriate
- Perform diagnostic/therapeutic procedures, subject to appropriate training and These include, but not exclusively:
- Arterial blood gases
- Urethral catheterisation
- Nasogastric tube insertion
- Abdominal paracentesis
- Instruct and counsel patients and their relatives with regard to mental and physical health
- Have, develop and maintain specialist medical knowledge related to medicine. Keep up to date with current guidelines and maintain best
- Contribute to achieving and maintaining performance within the hospital and
- To contribute to the development of efficient pathways of care in accordance with current best practice and national
- Develop clinical guidelines within their specialist area for use with the Trust by other
- To be accountable for the care given and to comply with the Fitness to Practice and Code of Conduct standard as established by the Faculty of Physician Associates for the PA MVR (and subsequently the appropriate statutory regulating body, when this is in place).
- To work within the framework of the scope of professional
- Work within the multidisciplinary team to ensure effective team working in the provision of acute medical care to patients on a day-to-day basis
- Support and contribute to timely discharge planning including completing discharge summaries and support optimising bed
- Abide by the Clinical and Corporate Governance policies of the
- Take part in the administration of the department and the involvement in the management of
- Fully document all aspects of patient care, and complete all required
The Physician Associate role will initially be developed in collaboration with the relevant Service/Clinical Leads. The job plan will be subject to review in line with service developments.Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
- 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)
Experience and Knowledge Essential
- BLS/ILS/PILS/ALS certification ??Teaching qualification
- Clinical training/experience in general medicine.
- Experience of clinical audit.
Skills and Abilities Essential
- Experience in specialty related to post applied for. ??Design of audit projects. ??Research experience. ??Experience of teaching.
Personal Qualities Essential
- Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems
- Ability to take responsibility for clinical care of patients under the supervision of Consultants.
- Demonstrates clinical leadership.
- Ability to drive change. ??Ability to work in teams
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrates commitment to CME.
- Creates good working relationships.
- Demonstrates initiative/drive.