ELFT believes that the role of the Physician Associate (PA) is a crucial part of many of our teams moving forwards. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a cohort of 8 Physician Associates joining our Trust. With newly developed posts available across multiple directorates including child and adolescent services, forensic services, learning disability services and inpatient services, across East London, Luton and Bedfordshire. (Please note that each of these roles will be advertised separately, so please ensure that you apply to the post/posts that you wish to be considered for.) These roles provide an opportunity for enthusiastic Physician Associates to play a key role in the management of patients and to support the effective functioning of the multidisciplinary inpatient and community teams and contribute to wider service developments. Although you may be working in different services, as a part of this PA cohort you will have the opportunity to meet regularly with the other PAs in the trust, for peer support and teaching opportunities, facilitated by the Lead PA at the trust.
This advert is for the role of a Physician Associate within the Child Development services.
The successful applicant will be based in the Child Development Service
Main duties of the job
The Child Development Service provide a range of Community Paediatric clinics including:
- Developmental advisory clinic
- Motor Disorder Clinic
- Neurodisability Clinics for children with complex disability and medical needs
- Autism diagnostic assessment clinics for children and young people with social communication difficulties
- School Medical clinics for children and young people attending Special Schools
- Child Protection paediatric/medical assessments
- Health assessment clinics for Children and Young People in care
- Medical assessment clinics for EHCPs
- Enuresis clinic
In addition, the Community Paediatricians provide statutory Children Protection Medical Assessments for children and young people who may have been subjected to abuse. There is also a Looked After Children team undertaking the initial health assessment of children and young people who come into care as well as review health assessments. Our Medical Advisor for Adoption and Fostering provides input to the Adoption Panel, Adult Medicals for prospective adopters and medical assessments for children and young people being adopted.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, qualified Physician Associate (PA) who will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team under the supervision of a consultant Paediatrician and will be a source of continuity for service users by monitoring developmental and physical health requirements, ensuring that high quality patient care is delivered at all times.
ELFT has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental and health care, innovation and improvement. Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
The CDS is also responsible for providing statutory health assessments including Child Protection medical assessments, initial and review health assessments for Children and Young People in Care and providing medical advice towards Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs)
(CDS) at the West Ham Lane Clinic. The Child Development Service provides a focus for assessment and on-going management of children with suspected developmental problems, neurodevelopmental conditions and complex neurodisability from birth to age 18 years (or 19 years for those attending a Special School or under our Community Childrens Nursing Team for community palliative care or have complex health needs such as long-term ventilation). .
Please see attached job description and recruitment pack for more information about this role and working at East London Foundation Trust.
Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
- Undergraduate degree in a health or life science prior to undertaking the Physician Associate programme
- Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Physician Associate studies from an accredited UK training programme
- Evidence of having successfully passed the UK National Physician Associates exam (evidence of six-year recertification exam pass where necessary)
- Registration on the Faculty of Physician Associates Managed Voluntary Register- post qualification
- Evidence of understanding of the needs of the healthcare sector and the patients'/service users
- Demonstrable knowledge of evidence informed practice
- Knowledge of national and local guidance for the role of a Physician Associate
- Demonstrable patient assessment skills
Knowledge & Skills Essential
- Ability to use own initiative to organise and prioritise workload effectively to meet deadlines
- Ability to exercise sound judgment when faced with conflicting pressures
- Able to build rapport and communicate effectively with service users, colleagues, relatives and other professionals and agencies
- Ability to work autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Aware of own limitations, knowing when to ask for help from senior colleagues
- Knowledge of maintaining confidentiality and implementing data protection legislation requirements including information governance
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