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Physician Associate

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Closing date
1 Mar 2023

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Physician Associate
Contract Type
Full Time
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) Foundation Trust are delighted to announce several full-time rotational substantive posts for Physician Associates (PAs) across the Medical Division. You will be joining this ever-growing profession in one of the largest hospitals in East Anglia where you will be able to develop your clinical skills and knowledge whilst delivering high quality healthcare to our patients.

The posts will initially focus around medical specialties, rotating every 6 months for two years, with possible opportunities to join surgical specialties if so desired. Towards the end of the rotation, there will be further discussions around options to establish yourself in a chosen specialty.

This opening is ideal for newly qualified PAs seeking to be part of a team of committed individuals as well as experienced PAs currently in primary or secondary care posts who are in search for another rewarding challenge and an opportunity to thrive in a different environment.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for assessment, investigation, diagnosis and management of patients alongside the support of your named supervising consultant. Additionally, you will support other services as needed for patient flow within the Medicine Division, as well as contributing to decision making for patients being admitted, transferred or discharged.

The post holder will perform physical examinations, order appropriate investigation, interpret finding and formulate a list of differential diagnosis. Procedures you may be required to perform include, but are not limited to, venepuncture, cannulation, ECG and urethral catheterisation.

The post holder will be responsible for maintaining your own CPD requirements in accordance with your registration with the PAMVR and this includes contributing to the clinical governance agenda within the specialty, participating in clinical audit and research activities, keeping up to date with current guidelines and maintaining best practice.

Successful candidates will be offering their unique skill mix, imparting their valuable knowledge, and representing the PA profession in our Trust as ambassadors. We are looking for inspirational individuals who are enthusiastic in maintaining a high standard of care and share our values.

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N&N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Assess, investigate, and treat patients within the scope of practice associated with the role within both inpatient and outpatient environment
  • Provide direct clinical care, using established clinical guidelines and exercising a high degree of autonomy. This will include referral to other relevant professionals when required
  • Contribute to achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance with KPIs and performance metrics within the specialty
  • Manage a caseload of patients as directed
  • Perform physical examinations, order appropriate investigation, interpret finding and formulate a list of differential diagnosis
  • Interpret and utilise data and clinical findings to proactively develop treatment plans
  • Make person-centred, evidence-based plans in partnership with others involved in the care process
  • Escalate and seek support appropriately
  • Initiate, review and deliver treatment plans within the framework of agreed policies / protocols / guidelines
  • Using highly developed communication skills, share complex information effectively to patients and their loved ones, recognising and overcoming different levels of understanding and methods of communicating
  • Communicate effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Maintain accurate clinical records for patients, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and adherence to agreed professional standards for written and electronic record keeping.

Please refer to the Job Description for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person Specification
  • To be on the PA managed voluntary register (PAMVR)
  • Current and valid certification or re-certification by the FPA Physician Associate National Examination (PANE) Board
  • MSc/PG Dip in Physician Associate Studies from one of the Physician Associate programmes or equivalent
  • Competency in consultation skills
  • History taking, observational skills
  • Communication of complex information
  • Ability to carry out procedures, e.g. venepuncture, cannulation, catheterisation
Attitude, aptitude
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
    BMJRef: BMJ-110069/234-22-M1725

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