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Physician Associate - General Adult

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£38,890 to £44,503 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Full Time
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust are seekingenthusiastic Physician Associates to play a key role in the management ofpatients and to support the effective functioning of community teams andcontribute to wider service developments. The post holder will be accountable for ensuring that high quality patient care is delivered at all times. The Physician Associate will be supervised by a designated consultant with regular meetings to support on-going development within the role. The Physician Associate will attend regular CPD sessions to support on-going development.

Main duties of the job

Physician Associates will have a base in Watford, Colne House at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, but may also be asked to undertake work in conjunction with Crisis teams or the inpatient unit.

Physician Associates will be expected to work flexibly and co-cooperatively with other members of the clinical team and will be required to cover for colleagues during periods of absence. The Physician Associate role will complement other roles in the team and strengthen the multi-disciplinary team. They will have continuing responsibility for patients in association with others in the clinical team. They will ensure accurate records are maintained.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

We provide mental health and social care services - including Adults of Working Age, Older Adults, Children and Adolescents and Specialist Learning Disabilities services.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Physician Associate to join our General Adult Team based in Watford, Colne House to play a key role in the management of patients and to support the effective functioning of the community team and contribute to wider service developments. delivered at all times.

Job description Job responsibilities

Physician Associate roles are likely to include, but not be limited to the following:1. Practice under the supervision of the Clinical Director.2. Conduct initial psychiatric assessments, take patient histories and perform physical examinations3. Establish differential diagnosis, making appropriate treatment plans under supervision of Consultant Psychiatrist.4. Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings, handovers and other relevant clinical meetings5. Treat patient and their family members using a high degree of empathy and advanced communication skills6. Respond in a timely way to requests to assess or review patients physical and / or mental health7. Record clinical notes about patient contacts and provide advice to staff on further management / investigations / interventions8. Review and summarise patient notes for the purposes of contributing todischarge summaries and reports.9. Undertake assessment and assistance to ward staff in the event of medical emergencies10. Work collaboratively with the relevant team i.e. Psychiatrists, Junior Doctors, Senior Nurses, Nursing Staff, Support Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists to ensure good working relationships

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • PG Diploma in Physician Associate Studies or equivalent
  • BA/BS Degree in relevant subject
  • Membership of UKAPA
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Sound IT knowledge including internet, Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to liaise with colleagues at all levels both inside and outside the organisation
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of patients
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms, legislation and issues
Previous Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities setting
  • An awareness of current developments and initiatives in mental healthcare
Other Essential
  • Car driver, and ability to travel county wide (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • Commitment to continuing professional development and quality improvement
Values Essential
  • Welcoming, Kind, Positive, Respectful and Positive.

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