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Physician Associate - Silver Trauma

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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Physician associate
Full Time
We are looking for two Physician Associates to join our Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

The successful applicants will provide ward-based care within our Silver Trauma team under the clinical supervision of an Orthogeriatric Consultant.

They will be responsible for providing care to elderly trauma and fragility fracture patients on the Silver Trauma Unit, with potential to progress to additional support within the Bone Health for Older People (BHOP) Clinic and departmental Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs).

The recruited PAs will join UHBW at an exciting time, as our team of 20 PAs across sites continues to grow with individualised support and exemplary professional development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

In August 2022 a new joint model of care was launched whereby patients are managed by both an Orthopaedic and an Orthogeriatric team on the Silver Trauma Unit.

The post holders will work under the clinical supervision of an Orthogeriatric Consultant on A604 at BRI (Silver Trauma Unit) to deliver high-quality care to patients.

They will be required to:
  • Clinically assess and examine a broad caseload of patients with a high degree of clinical skill and knowledge
  • Interpret diagnostic tests and imaging and appropriately act upon the result, including timely escalation to senior clinicians
  • Conduct daily ward rounds on A604 (T& O/Orthogeris)
  • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures under appropriate supervision
  • Fully integrate within the multidisciplinary team, communicating effectively with other healthcare professionals
  • Make complex referrals to appropriate specialists and enact their advice promptly
  • Provide health and wellbeing counselling to patients and their relatives
  • Contribute to the development of efficient care pathways following current best practices and national guidelines
  • Accurately document all aspects of patient care
  • Support and contribute to timely discharge planning including the completion of discharge summaries
  • Report all actual and potential clinical incidents using the DATIX reporting system
  • Ensure excellent adherence to infection control policies and practice

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification
Knowledge and Experience
  • A minimum of one year experience in working as a fully qualified Physician Associate
  • Excellent knowledge of medical science and its application to clinical scenarios
  • Able to demonstrate sound clinical judgement
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of clinical governance
  • Experience working cohesively within a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrable interest in and an understanding of orthopaedic and geriatric medicine
  • Experience of working in secondary care
  • Experience in working in Care of the Elderly or Orthogeriatrics
  • Experience in clinical audit
  • Experience mentoring and training PA students
  • Awareness of current developments and initiatives in Orthogeriatrics
Skills and Abilities
  • Evidence of competence in management of medical emergencies and in-patients through continuous work-based assessments
  • Ability to interpret and implement guidelines, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to safely and effectively prioritise workload
  • Experience in working with and contributing to a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement when presented with conflicting work pressures
  • Ability to effectively communicate highly complex and sensitive information (verbal and written) to colleagues, patients, and relatives
  • Safe and competent performance of procedural skills (i.e. venepuncture, cannulation, catheterisation, etc.)
  • Competence in extended clinical skills (i.e. lumbar puncture, paracentesis, etc.)
  • Caring and empathic attitude towards patients and their relatives
  • Enthusiasm to learn
  • Flexibility and embracing change
  • Honesty and reliability
  • Awareness of self-development needs and motivation to seek development opportunities
  • Ability to work within limits of competency and seek help when appropriate
Qualifications and Training
  • Minimum of a BSc/BA undergraduate degree prior to undertaking PA training
  • MSc/PgDip in Physician Associate Studies from a recognised PA training programme
  • Registered with the UK Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR)
  • Evidence of post-qualification learning and development
  • Member of the Faculty of Physician Associates
  • Basic Life Support
  • Immediate Life Support
  • Advanced Life Support

Employer details
Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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