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Physician Associate B7 - CAMHS Tower Hamlets

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year Inc HCAS
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Physician Associate within the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder services. Band 7

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.

Main duties of the job

The CEDS-CYP team deliver comprehensive clinic-based intervention packages to treat the eating disorder whilst also taking into account the service user's development and functioning. Interventions include:
  • Monitoring and management of the child or young person's physical/medical state
  • Monitoring and management of the child or young person's general mental state, overseen by a psychologist or psychiatrist
  • Nutritional rehabilitation overseen by a dietician
  • Individual psychological interventions and family-based interventions
  • The service provides telephone advice to young people, families and professionals concerning referral, assessment and treatment (within an agreed confidentially policy).
  • There is a daily rota for clinicians to screen referrals for risk and eligibility for the team.
  • Supporting paediatric and medical wards in the management of young people requiring short-term emergency admissions
  • Admission avoidance via the intensive pathway (offering daily intervention if required)
  • Interface and alignment with existing borough pathways for those young people with complex comorbidities
  • Supporting transition to adult Eating Disorder services
  • Training, Supervision & Consultation for CYP, parents, third sector, education, social care, primary and secondary care providers

About us

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 service has an intensive pathway for management of young people with severe eating disorders in the community who would otherwise require in-patient care. This includes the capacity to support NG feeding in the community if required.

The successful applicant will be based in the East London CYP Eating Disorders Team, which is a specialist CAMHS service providing assessment and treatment for young people from East London presenting with eating disorders. As well as linking with the core CAMHS service CEDS-CYP works closely with paediatric and medical wards and links with the day patient and inpatient eating disorders services provided by the Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health in Newham.

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 Psychiatrist and supported by the Nurse Clinical Team Lead. They will be a source of continuity for service users by monitoring physical as well as mental health requirements, ensuring that high quality patient care is delivered at all times.

Please see attached job description and recruitment pack for more information about this role and working at East London Foundation Trust.

Person Specification Education, Training and Qualifications 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
Experience Essential
  • 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 and Skills Essential
  • 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 use own initiative to organise and prioritise workload effectively to meet deadlines
  • 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
  • Knowledge of psychiatric intervention and terminology
  • Strong skills in ECG, venipuncture, cannulation and interpretation of blood investigations
  • Ability to manage a dedicated caseload of patients

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