Physician Associate

Ampleforth & Hovingham Surgeries


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Job summary

The North Riding Community Health Network are excited to offer 3 opportunities for a Physician Associate to join our expanding team. We have vacancies at Derwent Surgery, Sherburn and Rillington Medical Practice and Ayton and Snainton Medical Practice. 

The successful candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills and must act within their professional boundaries, supporting and working alongside a multi-disciplinary team in general practice. The roles are pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies within the PCN and therefore requires motivation and passion to deliver excellent service within general practice.

Main duties of the job

The PA will provide care for the presenting patient from initial history taking and clinical assessment through to the diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of care. They will demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process, including assessment and diagnostic skills, leading to the delivery of safe care for all patients. They will work collaboratively with the healthcare team to meet the needs of the patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures. The PA will provide a holistic and clinical service, with support from GPs as required, implementing agreed management plans and following approved protocols as appropriate. The PA will be expected on a typical day to carry out some home visits and consult with patients who present on the day and via booked appointments. The PA will also review and act appropriately on blood results and referrals/correspondence regarding their patients.

About us

North Riding Community Health Network was founded in 2019 and has four member practices. We are located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and our member practices are Ayton and Snainton Medical Practice, Ampleforth and Hovingham Surgeries, Derwent Practice and Sherburn and Rillington Medical Practice. We provide care to an overall patient population of 39,000. Each member practice has a CQC rating of good in all areas and 3 out of the 4 practices are rural dispensing practices. Our aim is to deliver high quality services for our patients, facilitated by working collaboratively, to better respond to the needs of our local population. We are building a multi-disciplinary clinical team to support our practices and offer new services to our patients. If you are interested in joining our team we would love to hear from you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

· Participate in all treatment and preventative healthcare services in the practice as delegated and agreed by the supervising physicians in the practice.

· Provide direct clinical care to patients using established clinical guidelines.

· To consult and refer patients to physicians, medical specialists and other health professionals as indicated.

· To interview patients, take medical histories, perform physical examinations, analyse, diagnose and explain medical problems.

· To recommend and explain appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment.

· To perform specialised diagnostic physical exams and treatment procedures.

· To instruct and educate patients in preventative health care.

· To confer with patients by telephone to convey test results, hear emergency complaints and deal with similar situations and issues.

· Order laboratory tests as required and agreed under supervising physicians.

· Fully document all aspects of patient care and complete all required paperwork for legal and administrative purposes.

· Perform a variety of research and analysis tasks associated with medical diagnosis and treatment.

· Research unusual symptoms and treatment options, through consultation with physicians and other medical specialists.

· Provide literature reviews and the like; review, analyse and determine the significance of a variety of diagnostic test results.

· Formulate diagnoses and treatment plans, in consultation with or referring to supervising physician as appropriate.

· Give clinical instructions to nursing staff and Primary Care Team as required.

· Confer regularly with the Partners, supervising physicians and other health care staff, refer specific patients, plan and co-ordinate activities, exchange information, investigate and resolve problems.

· Deal regularly with community hospitals, physicians and other health care providers, insurance companies and other community organisations to refer/consult on specific cases, participate in community service and education projects and activities and the like.

· Keep up to date on relevant medical research, technology and related issues by attending continuing education courses and professional meetings, reading journals etc.

· To ensure continuing education, training and development is undertaken to meet clinical governance guidelines for Continuing Professional Development and a Personal Development Plan.

· Work collaboratively with the clinical team to ensure continuity of care is maintained on specific services/projects.

· Work to deliver, with other members of the practice and Primary Healthcare Team, the objectives of the GMS Contract.

· Encourage and ensure good working relationships with all members of the primary healthcare team.

· To contribute to the clinical and management development of the Practice.

· Meet as appropriate with Partners on a regular basis to report on progress and contribute to the systematic development of local primary care provision.

· To commit to undertake 50 hours of continuing medical education per year (outside contracted hours) and take and pass the national re-certification exam every 6 years if relevant in accordance with the requirements of the PA Managed Voluntary and as recommended by the National Examination Sub Committee of the UKUBPAE (UK Universities Board of Physician Associate Education) and subsequently as required by the statutory regulating body when in place.

· To work within the policies and procedures of the Practice and report to the Business Manager on non-clinical work programmes and service development.

· To provide comprehensive evaluation material to enable Partners to fully evaluate the success of the role within a busy surgery for consideration.

This is an exciting opportunity for the ‘right’ person wishing to develop their clinical and management practice. The supervising team have a wealth of experience in general practice which will undoubtedly provide the opportunity for the new appointee to develop their knowledge and shape the position within a dynamic clinical team.

Person Specification



  • Patient Management Planning
  • Minor Illness, Referrals, Prescribing guidelines


  • Working in a primary care or Hospital or A & E environment
  • Experience of using the EMIS, SystmOne clinical system
  • Experience of managing chronic disease clinics



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (Written and Oral)
  • IT skills to ideally include microsoft office software and, or experience of using a clinical or similar system
  • Time management, prioritisation and the ability to work to deadlines
  • Willingness to obtain necessary training and participate in ongoing development eg venepuncture, ear syringing, chronic disease management
  • Ability to motivate patients to improve their health
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team, taking responsibility for managing your own workload
  • Have the ability to work autonomously within a supported nurse team
  • Problem solving and change management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure



  • MSC Physician Associate
  • A Levels /GCSE English
  • A-Levels/ GCSE Maths


  • Basic Life Support

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Ampleforth & Hovingham Surgeries


Back Lane



YO62 4EF

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For help with your application, contact:

Penny Coldbeck

Date posted

25 November 2021

Pay scheme



£37,000 to £39,000 a year



Working pattern

Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Back Lane



YO62 4EF

50 St. Hildas Street



North Yorkshire

YO17 8PH

Pickering Road

West Ayton


North Yorkshire

YO13 9JF

Norton Road



North Yorkshire

YO17 9RF

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