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 Forensic Learning Disability services.
Main duties of the job
- Provide direct clinical care to patients using established clinical guidelines, involving consulting with and referring patients to medical specialists and other health professionals as indicated.
- Conduct psychiatric and physical assessments, taking medical and psychiatric histories from service users, performing physical examinations, establishing differential diagnoses and making appropriate treatment plans under supervision of a consultant psychiatrist.
- Respond in a timely way to requests to assess or review patient's physical and / or mental health and provide advice to staff on further management/investigations/ interventions.
- Assist the consultant by writing letters, chasing referrals/treatments, preparing medical notes and summarising patient notes for the purposes of contributing to discharge summaries and reports.
- Work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team i.e: Psychiatrists, Junior Doctors, Senior Nurses, Nursing Staff, Support Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists to ensure good working relationships.
- Attending and contribute towards weekly ward rounds, management rounds, handover and other relevant clinical meetings such as CPAs, Care and Treatment Reviews, and Tribunal hearings.
- Liaise with external (community teams, primary care and relevant secondary health care providers) and internal teams/departments relating to a service users care or treatment needs.
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
Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.
Person Specification Education and Training Essential
- 1.Undergraduate degree in a health or life science prior to undertaking the Physician Associate programme
- 2.Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Physician Associate studies from an accredited UK training programme
- 3.Evidence of having successfully passed the UK National Physician Associates exam (evidence of six-year recertification exam pass where necessary)
- 4.Registration on the Faculty of Physician Associates Managed Voluntary Register- post qualification
- 5.Training in Basic Life Support, Immediate Life Support or Advanced Life Support from the Resuscitation Council
- 1.Evidence of understanding of the needs of the healthcare sector and the patients'/service users
- 2.Demonstrable knowledge of evidence informed practice
- 3.Knowledge of national and local guidance for the role of a Physician Associate
- 4.Demonstrable patient assessment skills
- 5.Experience of working as a Physician Associate in General Practice and/or Secondary Care
- 6.Experience of working within a mental health environment
- 7.Experience of working with people with Learning Disability and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- 1.Ability to use own initiative to organise and prioritise workload effectively to meet deadlines
- 2.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
- 12.Clinical knowledge and skills in the field of Learning Disability, assessment and management.
- 13.Clinical knowledge and skills in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism and ADHD, assessment and management
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