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Job summary

Main area
Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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East London NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Twinwoods Resource Centre SPLD
£41,659 - £47,672 Per Annum
Salary period
30/09/2022 23:59

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Physician Associate B7

NHS AfC: Band 7

ELFT has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental and health care, innovation and improvement. So it is a very exciting time for you to come and work for us. Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving 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 overview

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 Learning Disability services.


Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be working with the Intensive Support Team within Services for People who have a Learning Disability. The services are based at Twinwoods Resource Centre in Bedford. The Intensive Support Team aims to provide high quality specialist healthcare expertise for people who have a learning disability. We work in in partnership with service users, carers and other agencies and professionals to ensure that services provided meet individual needs.


Working for our organisation

The Intensive Support Team (IST) is committed to supporting people with a Learning Disability who are experiencing a crisis in relation to a behaviour which is challenging or are experiencing a mental health need, whilst living in the community. The IST provides assessment, treatment and support to individuals in a safe and least restrictive environment, with as little impact on their daily lives as possible. They also support individuals to access mainstream services through collaborative working and education of colleagues. 


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We are looking for an enthusiastic, qualified Physician Associate (PA) who will work as part of the 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.




Person specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training

Essential criteria
  • 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


Essential criteria
  • 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 & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to use own initiative to organise and prioritise workload effectively to meet deadlines
  • 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 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

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Capital Nurse, LondonCommitted to being an Inclusive EmployerApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleHSJ Best places to workMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Stonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Neetu Klair
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Medical Education Manager
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