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Advanced Specialist Podiatrist

Employer
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Harlow
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata for part time, plus 5% HCA
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to be involved within a small dynamic team of community podiatrists caring for patients in West Essex.

Are you caring, empowering and willing to learn with a specialist podiatry background ?

If so this could be the job for you !

We are looking for an experienced, well-motivated, forward thinking Podiatrist who has an extensive knowledge with wound care as this will form the bulk of your caseload to join our friendly, progressive team.

You will need to be able to work independently and as part of a team, have excellent clinical and communication skills which are essential as you will be providing a quality service to 'High Risk' patients in a variety of clinical settings .

Staff are well supported and need to flexible to meet the needs of the service.

We have specialist clinics in Diabetes, Wound care, Nail Surgery and Musculoskeletal Podiatry .

We also work closely with Podiatric Surgery ,Patient Appliances and Tissue Viability and have a Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Team based at Princess Alexandra Hospital .

The post holder will also have the opportunity to be involved in helping to further develop and influence the strategic direction of the service across the community, working with acute colleagues and to improve pathways between acute and community.

The post holder will provide clinical and professional knowledge to the podiatry team.

Main duties of the job

As an advanced specialist podiatrist you will act as an autonomous practitioner providing assessment, diagnosis, treatment option and evaluation of a complex nature in diabetes/wound care.

To provide an experienced advanced resource and leadership to the Podiatry team taking a developmental and operational lead as required.

To deputise for the role of 'duty podiatrist' responsible for the day to day smooth running of the clinics which involves triaging referrals , dealing with health professional enquires into the service, cascading information to the team.

Working both in the community including patients' homes and hospital settings as an independent autonomous professional and managing the departmental caseload, excising judgement in the initiation and management of change. To be responsible for the treatment given to patients on the caseload, but to be prepared to seek and accept professional support.

As an advanced specialist podiatrist use advanced knowledge to assess and treat complex cases in a holistic way and motivate others to work in a similar way, also providing an advanced resource advice and support for junior staff .

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As an advanced specialist podiatrist you will act as an autonomous practitioner providing assessment, diagnosis, treatment option and evaluation of a complex nature in diabetes/wound care.

To provide an experienced advanced resource and leadership to the Podiatry team taking a developmental and operational lead as required.

To deputise for the role of duty podiatrist responsible for the day to day smooth running of the clinics which involves triaging referrals , dealing with health professional enquires into the service, cascading information to the team.

1.To be part of a self and highly motivated multi-disciplinary team communicating within the team and advising patients, who may have a barrier to understanding.

2.Attendance at times and places stated on the rota as determined by the team lead

3.Provide support to the team lead and service manager and deputise when required in the daily operational management for the team, including assisting/amending the team rota, prioritising patients that need to be seen during times of staff sickness. Also supporting and advising the podiatry administrative team with daily queries.
  • Working both in the community including patients homes and hospital settings as an independent autonomous professional and managing the departmental caseload, excising judgement in the initiation and management of change. To be responsible for the treatment given to patients on the caseload, but to be prepared to seek and accept professional support and guidance from senior staff.

  • As an advanced specialist podiatrist use advanced knowledge to assess and treat complex cases in a holistic way and motivate others to work in a similar way, also providing an advanced resource advice and support for junior staff .
  • To take a relevant patient history, examine and diagnose and, with the patients consent, develop and implement individual specialist care programmes in patients regarded as high risk with:
  • a barrier to understanding and communication
  • loss of sensation
  • peripheral vascular disease/gangrene
  • high risk diabetes and renal patients with acute/chronic ulcerative wounds providing specialist tissue viability care
  • rheumatoid or other inflammatory arthropathies this will require you to concentrate intensely to remain patient focused.
  • Acute or chronic discharging/purulent /malodorous or cellulitic infections which may be limb or life threatening.

  • To be responsible individually for the assessment , diagnosis ,planning, implementation and evaluation of Podiatric care to a wide variety of high risk patients with a wide range of clinical needs at an advanced level, developed through in-depth experience , specifically in nail surgery and also diabetes and wound care.

    To be responsible for advanced areas of work and be a source of advice for these specialist areas.
    • To identify when patients require interventions from other professionals and/or departmental specialists following agreed referral pathways and adhere to eligibility criteria.
    • To provide foot health advice and education to patients and their relatives/carers and other Healthcare Professionals.

    Responsible for providing education to other podiatrists, to health care professionals in areas of speciality within the trust and local region..
    • To be responsible for the maintenance, security and control of stock and the routine day-day cleaning and simple maintenance of all Podiatry equipment in their charge, as appropriate to each item of equipment.
    • To participate in departmental skin and nail surgery as required.
    • To perform diabetic and high-risk assessment review clinics, where duties will include the assessment of foot pathology using appropriate equipment, Doppler evaluation and sensory/motor evaluation to identify risk factors, allowing the appropriate categorisation of high-risk patients.
    • To be involved in the implementation of departmental policies and procedures and to suggest changes to these.

    Monitor policies, procedures and protocols , regularly reviewing proposing changes and amending those relating to nail surgery and wound dressings to ensure up to date and safe patient care, changes made will impact on other team members working in specialist areas.
    • To follow departmental policies and procedures and guidelines, but to use own clinical judgement in diagnosis and decisions within professional boundaries.
    • To have the capability to move and handle patients who may be immobile, wheelchair or bed bound, often in confined spaces.
    • To advise and arrange, dependent on your professional judgement and clinic need, follow-up patient appointments as appropriate.
    • To be manually dextrous and co-ordinated enough to use a sharp scalpel technique in debriding skin lesions/ulceration involving tendon, bone or joint and in close proximity to blood vessels.
    • To be cognisant of relevant anatomy and skilled when injecting parenteral drugs.
    • To supervise basic grade podiatrists and students in the clinical environment.

    Responsible for providing clinical/professional supervision to junior team members in the form of formal training, clinical reasoning sessions and direct observation of practice.

    To supervise, train and monitor students on placement within specialities and sign off competencies in nail surgery for students and also assist in organising student placements.
  • Undertake the role duty podiatrist if required responsible for the day to day smooth running of clinics which involves daily triaging of referrals, dealing with health professional and patient enquiries into the service, cascading information to the team, dealing with local complaints.

  • 18.To be responsible for leading advanced areas of work taking referrals of a highly complex nature that are beyond the scope of practice of less advanced colleagues and to be a source of advice for specialist areas of nail surgery and diabetes/wound care.
  • To demonstrate and apply a sound understanding of clinical governance and risk management.
  • To act professionally in relation to customer care and contribute to investigations/responses to any complaints in line with Trust policy.
  • To decide priorities for own work area balancing patient related and professional demands ensuring these remain service led.
  • To be able to adapt to regular interruptions from phone calls from other health professionals or junior staff requiring advice on patient care.
  • Be able to work on own initiative, be assertive and proactive in service developments.
  • Contribute to longer term service planning to ensure the quality of services is maintained and cost improvement opportunities.


  • Person Specification

    essential

    Essential

    • minimum of 5 years post graduate experience
    • Extensive knowledge and experience in the NHS working with high risk feet.
    • Experience of multidisciplinary working across primary and secondary care.
    • Ability to cope with patients in an emergency situation, respond appropriately and deal with frequently distressing or emotional situations.
    • Demonstrate continued professional development and show an active interest in service development
    • Ability to work autonomously as well as within wider team and MDT.


    Desirable

    • Irmer qualification
    • Independent or supplementary prescribing qualification
    • Diabetic Foot Module or Warwick qualification in diabetes


    desirable

    Desirable

    • Irmer qualification
    • Independent or supplementary prescribing qualification
    • Diabetic Foot Module or Warwick qualification in diabetes


    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

    Address

    Addison House Health Centre

    Hamstel Road

    Harlow

    CM20 1EP

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    364-A-7567-A

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