Physician Associate

Job Description

The Acute Care Group is really excited to be in the position to offer one of Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership first opportunities to work on one of our Acute Inpatient Wards in Dartford as a Physician Associate.

Please be aware there are 3 new jobs available (comprising of  Physician Associates and Advanced Clinical Practitioners) - depending on suitability of applicants there may be more than one  Physician Associate role recruited to 

Physician Associate roles are likely to include, but not limited to the areas set out in the job description.

Please search on our job board for our Open Day to be held on 22nd October if you wish to come and meet us!

Main duties of the job

Below are some examples of what Physician Associate roles are likely to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Conduct initial psychiatric assessments, take patient histories and perform physical examinations
  • Establish different diagnosis, making appropriate treatment plans under supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings, handovers and other relevant clinical meetings
  • Treat patient and their family members using a high degree of empathy an advanced communication skills
  • Respond in a timely way to requests to assess or review patient’s physical and/or 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 and Skilled Support Staff, Peer Support Workers, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists to ensure good working relationships

Working for your organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Physician Associates play a key role in the management of patients and to support the effective functioning of the wards and 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 supervision to support on-going development within the role.  The Physician Associate will attend regular internal and external CPD sessions to support the 50 hours on-going development.

KEY RESULT AREAS:

The Physician Associate will be based on an acute inpatient ward but may also be asked to undertake work to support another ward.

Physician Associates will be expected to work flexibly and co-operatively with other clinicians to strengthen and compliment the multi-disciplinary team and will be required to cover for colleagues during periods of absence.  They will ensure accurate records are maintained.

Physician Associates will undertake mandatory training and other training specific to their role in conjunction with the Medical Education Department.  They will complete an annual appraisal and PDP.

Physician Associates will be provided with a weekly timetable outlining fixed clinical commitments such as ward rounds, hand overs, supervision and training.  They will also have time for undertaking roles related to their skill set in the clinical setting as detailed below. They will be expected to respond to clinical demands and play a role in prioritising clinical and other needs.  

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

The post holder will be accountable for their clinical responsibilities and comply with the Department of Health, UK Managed Voluntary Register for Fitness to Practice and Code of Conduct standard and all trust policies.  They will adhere to the principles of confidentiality and the Data Protection Act at all times.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name - Dr Vijay Delaffon
Job title - Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director
Email address - Vijay.Delaffon@nhs.net
Telephone number - 07833402793