Gosforth Jesmond Health Limited
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Paramedic Practitioner, though not essential a non-medical prescribing qualification would be advantageous, to join our team in the Gosforth and Jesmond Primary Care Networks. This role requires a flexible approach, working in a variety of settings in a developing network service with potential to help shape and develop the role of APP within a multi-disciplinary team.
Working closely with GPs in all 8 of our GP practices, Paramedic Practitioners provide home and care home visits for patients who need to be seen in person but are unable to visit a surgery, as well as providing face to face consultations in our same day access clinics.
Problem solving, communication skills and the ability to form effective working relationships are essential to succeeding a dynamic environment.
You will be expected to work effectively as a part of our wider team, whilst being able to independently manage and prioritise your own workload.
Main duties of the job
As a Paramedic Practitioner, based on patient history, clinical assessment, and a comprehensive physical and functional examination, using your knowledge and clinical judgement, you will be able to identify the potential diagnosis and treat accordingly. You will also be able to assess, plan and implement programmes of care, in liaison with colleagues, to support the individual.
The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator with patients and carers, as well as being able to forge close working relationships with other members of the multidisciplinary team. As an autonomous practitioner, you will manage your own time and workload effectively, while delivering consistent, high-quality care.
You will be a registered HCPC with an interest in or experience of Primary Care, or currently in an Emergency Care Practitioner role, or working at Advanced Practitioner level.
What is a Primary Care Network?
Primary Care Networks or PCNs were introduced into the NHS in 2019.
It is a group of GP practices working together, sharing resources and specialist staff, so that each practice and their patients benefit from additional services practices couldn't provide independently.
The number of practices in a PCN varies, but typically they cover between 30,000 and 50,000 patients.
Each network has a board that oversees how the PCN is run, with members coming from each GP practice and a Clinical Director who has overall responsibility for the services the network delivers.
Gosforth and Jesmond Primary Care Networks look after the health and social care of around 70,000 residents, predominantly in the Gosforth and Jesmond areas of Newcastle. Formed in 2019, we work with 8 GP practices to provide consistent, high-quality, multi-disciplinary services to meet the needs of our patients.
Our core practices include teaching and training practices, and we actively promote service innovation and personal development.
Our aim is to deliver high quality, localised primary care services that are agile to the present and future needs of patients at the 8 GP practices in our 2 networks.
Our team have a wealth of clinical and operational experience in Primary Care and the wider National Health Service.
The role will provide a paramedic resource for health care professionals and service users, working in collaboration with other members of the Multidisciplinary Team.
To work within the community, as an autonomous, accountable clinician, providing a holistic approach to individuals; including assessment, management and treatment, to deliver high quality patient care.
To assess, manage, treat, refer and/or signpost patients/service users who attend surgery with undifferentiated or undiagnosed condition.
The post holder will also provide education to service users, promoting self-care and empower them to make informed choices about their treatment.
Triage, assess and treat patients wishing to see a health care professional, making any necessary referrals to other members of the primary health care team and initiation of investigations where appropriate.
Some patients with problems needing referral to secondary care may need to be discussed with the registered GP before making such referral.
Ensure clinical practice is safe and effective and remains within boundaries of competence, and to acknowledge limitations.
Advise patients on general health care and minor ailments, with referral to other members of the primary and secondary health care team as necessary.
Work from a surgery and or within the community as an autonomous practitioner caring for patients and families.
Work in accordance with the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council and ensure that personal and professional clinical standards are maintained.
Within your scope of practice, prescribe medications as appropriate following policy, NICE (national) and local clinical guidelines, and local care pathways.
Formally and informally impart knowledge and skills to colleagues, promoting peer review and best practice within the work environment.
Communicate at all levels within the team, ensuring an effective service is delivered.
Maintain accurate, contemporaneous healthcare records appropriate to the consultation.
Ensure evidenced-based care is delivered at the highest standards ensuring de-livery of high-quality patient care.
Work within local policies and procedures.
Enhance own performance through Continuous Professional Development.
Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development to meet the needs of the service.
Participate in the audit process, evaluation and implementing plans and practice change to meet patient need.
Actively participate in mentoring and supervision, plus practice-derived CPD opportunities.
Contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the team and work colleagues.
Pathological specimens and investigatory procedures.
Undertake the collection of pathological specimens including intravenous blood samples, swabs etc. Perform investigatory procedures needed by patients and those requested by the GPs.
Administration and professional responsibilities:
Participate in the administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team.
Ensure the clinical computer system is kept up to date, with accurate details recorded and amended.
Ensure appropriate items of service claims are made accurately, reporting any problems to the practice administrator.
Ensure accurate completion of all necessary documentation associated with patient health care and registration with the practice.
Ensure collection and maintenance of statistical information required for regular and ad hoc reports and audit.
Attend and participate in practice meetings as required.
Restocking and maintenance of clinical areas and consulting rooms.
Training and personal development:
Training requirements will be monitored by yearly appraisal and will be in accordance with practice requirements.
Personal development will be encouraged and supported by the practice. It is the individuals responsibility to remain up to date with recent developments.
Participate in the education and training of students of all disciplines and the introduction of all members of the practice team where appropriate.
Maintain continued education by attendance at courses and study days as deemed useful or necessary for professional development, ensuring PREP requirements are met.
If it is necessary to expand the role to include additional responsibilities, full training will be given.
Develop and maintain a Personal Learning Plan.
Work closely with the multi-professional, management and administration teams to ensure the smooth running of the practice, reporting any problems encountered to the relevant person and ensuring everyone is aware of the different roles within the team.
There is also the need to establish and maintain good liaison with other surgeries and agencies, including secondary and social care.
In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately.
In the performance of the duties outlined in this job description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential.
Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the practice policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data.
Equality and diversity:
The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include:
Acting in a way that recognises the importance of peoples rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures and policies, and cur-rent legislation.
Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues.
Personal / professional development:
The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the practice as part of this employment, such training to include:
Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development.
Reflective practice and portfolio building.
Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work.
The post-holder will strive to maintain quality within the practice, and will:
Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk.
Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision.
Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the teams performance.
Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patient needs.
Effectively manage own time, workload and resources.
The post-holder should recognize the importance of effective communication within the team and will strive to:
Communicate effectively with other team members.
Communicate effectively with patients and carers.
Recognise peoples needs for alternative methods of communication and respond accordingly.
Contribution to the implementation of services:
The post-holder will:
Apply practice policies, standards and guidance.
Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work.
Participate in audit where appropriate.
Work as part of the team to seek feedback, continually improve the service and contribute to business planning.
Undertake any tasks consistent with the level of the post and the scope of the role, ensuring that work is delivered in a timely and effective manner.
Duties may vary from time to time, without changing the general character of the post or the level of responsibility.
There will be times when you will be lone working, there must adhere to lone working policies and procedures.
Certificate of Sponsorship
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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).