PCN Physicians Associate

Swallowfield Medical Practice


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Job summary

  • Providing direct clinical care for patients including clinical assessments, diagnosis and treatment under the training and supervision of a GP
  • Providing direct clinical care for specialist groups of patients particularly Mental Health patients and those with Long Term Conditions
  • Consulting and referring patients to physicians, medical specialists and other health professionals as required
  • Instructing and educating patients in preventative healthcare

This list is not exhaustive and a full job description is available further on.

Main duties of the job

Provide first point of contact care for patients presenting with undifferentiated, un-diagnosed problems utilising history-taking, physical examinations and clinical decision-making skills to establish a working diagnosis and management plan in partnership with the patient (and their carers where applicable).

Work in accordance with PCN policies, including the equal opportunities policy and practice.

Attend any training courses and supervision sessions as required.

We are looking for a confident PA who is happy in their role and will be able to deal with a wide cross section of our patient population.

About us

Wokingham South PCN comprises Swallowfield Medical Practice and Finchampstead Surgery both are semi-rural GMS practices with a joint population of approximately 30,000 patients. Swallowfield Medical Practice is a dispensing practice and they also offer a dispensing service to over 5000 of their patients.

The successful candidate will work across both sites which are a little over 5 miles apart.

All of the GP Partners are supportive, approachable and encourage input from all levels into the way the practices operate. Each practice has regular clinical / all practice meetings to share knowledge and understanding to help deliver patient centred services.

Wokingham South PCN dedicated staff currently comprises two Pharmacists, a Pharmacy Technician and one Social Prescriber. The PCN also offers patients an MSK service which runs across both sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and responsibilities

Provide first point of contact care for patients presenting with undifferentiated, undiagnosed problems utilising history-taking, physical examinations and clinical decision-making skills to establish a working diagnosis and management plan in partnership with the patient (and their carers where applicable).

Review, analysis and action diagnostic test results.

Deliver integrated patient centred-care through appropriate working with the wider primary care multi-disciplinary team and social care networks.

Undertake face-to-face, telephone and online consultations for emergency or routine problems, as determined by the PCN, including management of patients with mental health issues and long-term conditions. Where required by the PCN, physician associates can offer specialised clinics following appropriate training including (but not limited to) mental health, COPD, asthma, diabetes and anticoagulation.

Undertake home visits and participate in duty rotas.

Provide health/disease promotion and prevention advice to patients.

Utilise clinical guidelines and promote evidence-based practice and partake in clinical audits, significant event reviews and other research and analysis tasks.

Through participating in continuing professional development opportunities will keep up to date with evidence-based knowledge and competence in all aspects of their role, meeting clinical governance guidelines for continuing professional development (CPD).

Person Specification



  • Postrgraduate Degree in Physician Associate Studies / Diploma level via UK Physician Associate programme or equivalent
  • Pass in national PA examination
  • Membership of PA MVR of equivalent organisation


  • Membership of UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) or equivalent organisation



  • Advanced clinical practice skills
  • Management of patients with complex needs, especially mental health and LTCs
  • Clinical examination skills
  • Knowledge of the accountability of PA role
  • Knowledge of local and national health policy
  • Knowledge of clinical governance issues within primary care
  • High standard of clinical skills and experience of their use in different situations
  • Experience of liaising effectively with hospitals and other outside agencies


  • Experience using EMIS & DOCMAN
  • Knowledge of public health issues
  • Knowledge of the wider health economy
  • Able to identify determinates of health in the local area
  • Knowledge of public health issues in the local area

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

Swallowfield Medical Practice


The Street




Employer's website

https://www.swallowfieldmedicalpractice.co.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Helen Knipe



Date posted

04 May 2021

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Job locations

The Street




474 Finchampstead Road




RG40 3RG

The Street




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