Physician Associate B7 - CAMHS Newham
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.
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 child and adolescent inpatient services.
Main duties of the job
The Coborn Centre treats young people with acute and severe forms of mental illness. These include major mood disorders, psychosis, complex neuropsychiatric disorders, eating disorders, severe obsessive-compulsive disorders and borderline personality disorders.
We offer a broad range of interventions including:
- Highly specialised psychiatric assessments and treatment
- Autism assessment undertaken by staff with specialist training in this area
- Specialised psychology assessments and treatment programmes, including cognitive and personality assessments
- Individual therapy (CBT, Occupational Therapy, DBT, supportive psychotherapy)
- A rich group programme comprising therapeutic groups (e.g. managing feelings such as anger and anxiety, mindfulness, relapse prevention, social skills, transitions) and recreational group activities (sports, gardening etc)
- Systemic Family Therapy, art and music therapies
- Family and parenting support with provision for families to stay onsite if necessary
- On-site education managed by Newham Education and providing an extensive range of subjects to suit a variety of abilities. Our teaching staff liaise closely with each young person’s own school or college with the aim of successfully reintegrating the young person back into education in the community by the time of discharge
- Effective liaison, discharge and aftercare planning in collaboration with the community teams starting from the point of admission.
Working for our organisation
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.
The service has been reviewed three times by QNIC at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Quality Network for in-patient CAMHS) and has received Accreditation with Excellence on all occasions, most recently in 2018. ELFT CAMHS services are rated as outstanding by CQC.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
The successful applicant will be based at The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health, which is a CAMHS service providing inpatient and day care for young people from East London and beyond from a purpose-built facility on the Newham University Hospital campus. The Centre consists of a 12 bed Acute Unit, 15 beds for Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provision and a Day Service with 6 places. The service provides Tier 4 care to young people aged 12-18 years living in the North Central and East London area.
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 will be a source of continuity for service users by monitoring developmental and physical 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.
Education/ Qualification/ Training
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Knowledge of psychiatric intervention and terminology
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.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Dr Cathy Lavelle
- Job title
- Clinical Director, ELFT Children's Services
- Email address
- Additional information
Dr Cathy Lavelle