Physician Associate

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa
Closing date
10 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Sheffield Health and Social Care are excited to be able to offer four posts for keen Physician Associates, in the following areas:
    • Forensic
    • Inpatient
    • Perinatal
    • Liaison Psychiatry

Successful candidates will be asked about their preferences for posts and a matching process will be used to allocate places in line with preferences as far as possible.

Main duties of the job

These roles provides 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. 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 supervisor with regular meetings to support on-going development within the role. The Physician Associate will attend regular CPD sessions to support on-going development.

All Physician Associates are expected to register with the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) run by the Royal College of Physicians and are expected to keep up to date with necessary professional development.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

Physician Associate roles include, but not be limited to the following:
  • Practice under the supervision of a supervising doctor
  • Conduct initial psychiatric assessments, take patient histories and perform physical and mental state examinations
  • Establish differential diagnoses & making appropriate treatment plans under appropriate supervision
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings, handovers and other relevant clinical meetings
  • Treat patient and their family members using a high degree of empathy and advanced communication skills
  • Respond in a timely way to requests to assess or review patients physical and mental health
  • Record clinical notes about patient contacts and provide advice to staff on further management / investigations / interventions
  • Review and summarise patient notes for the purposes of contributing to discharge summaries and reports.
  • Undertake assessment and assistance to ward staff in the event of medical emergencies
  • 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
  • Liaise with primary care and relevant secondary health care providers relating to a patients care or treatment
  • Liaise with community teams about a patients on-going care and treatment needs
  • Support health promotion activities including those relating to smoking, drugs and alcohol
  • Provide psycho-educational support to patients and carers / families
  • Support proactive screening and interventions with regard to the physical health of patients
  • Liaise with pharmacy regarding issues relating to medication
  • Contribute to the development of physical health competencies in mental health staff in a range of settings
  • Carry out procedures which will include (but not be limited to):
    • ECG
    • Venipuncture
    • IV cannulation
    • Interpretation of blood results
    • Mental state examination
    • Cognitive assessment

Person Specification Knowledge 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
Training Essential
  • PG Diploma in Physician Associate Studies or equivalent
  • BA/BS Degree in relevant subject
  • Registration on the PAMVR
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within a Mental Health setting (including during student placements)
  • An awareness of current developments and initiatives in mental healthcare
Other Essential
  • Ability to travel city wide as the role requires
  • Commitment to continuing professional development and quality improvement

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