Physician Associate HIPC PCN

North Staffordshire GP Federation

The closing date is 20 June 2022

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity for the ‘right’ person wishing to develop their clinical and management practice in a fast moving PCN in the heart of the community. 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.

Main duties of the job

As Physician Associate, you will work as part of the Team using a wide range of the skills you have including (but not limited to);

· Care planning

· Supporting GPs with managing results

· Supporting GPs with their paperwork.

As the Physician Associate you will act within your professional boundaries, providing care for patients from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of their care under the supervision of a GP. You will show safe clinical decision-making and expert care for patients within the general practice, in consultation with the duty GP. You will work with the multi-disciplinary general practice team to support the delivery of policy and procedures and meet the needs of patients. Supervision and mentoring will be provided by the appropriate senior medical staff - the type of support will depend on the post holder’s skills and knowledge and determined by our clinical governance arrangements.

About us

HIPC Primary Care Network offers enhanced care and services to the patients of Furlong Medical Centre, Apsley Surgery, Tunstall Primary Care Centre, Lucie Wedgwood Health Centre and Cobridge Surgery. In total we provide care for over 42000 patients across all 5 practices that make up HIPC PCN. Together, we form a part of the NHS five year plan.Our aim is to work together at scale, to achieve better health outcomes for our patient population.As a new and developing network of GP Practices, we work together to develop local health services and aim to more effectively meet the needs of all our patients.Our team is comprised of many disciplines - including a wide range of highly-skilled local health professionals, management experts & dedicated support staff.Through experience, existing data, new research & talking with patients, we will identify the current & future needs of our population.We work at scale and in partnership with acute & community trusts, mental health, social care & voluntary sectors.

Applying innovations, our plans will aim to deliver improvements in services - including faster diagnosis, better treatments & improved prevention.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work collaboratively in HIPC PCN within the policies and procedures of the organisations, and will have the following duties and responsibilities under the broad headings below:


· Attend induction arranged by the GP Practice

· A designated clinician will supervise the PA at the GP Practice

· Participate in all treatment and preventative healthcare services in the Practice as delegated and agreed by the supervising GP(s)

· Provide direct clinical care to patients using established clinical guidelines for both routine and urgent complaints.

· Consult and refer patients to specialists and other health professionals as appropriate.

· Interview patients, take medical histories, perform physical examinations, analyse, diagnose and explain medical problems during surgery consultations and home visits.

· Recommend and explain appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment.

· Formulate differential diagnoses and develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans. Request and interpret results of laboratory investigations when necessary.

· Instruct and educate patients in preventative health care.

· Perform both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures following appropriate training and experience as required.

· Conduct telephone consultations which may involve discussing the result and implications of laboratory investigations with patients along with routine and emergency complaints.

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

Training / Educational Development

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

· Keep up to date with relevant medical research and evidence-based medical practice by attending continuing education courses and professional meetings, reading journals etc.

· Undertake 50 hours of continuing medical education (CPD) every year and record and reflect on this in line with FPARCP guidance. A minimum of 25 hours must be in accredited direct learning programmes.

· Take the UK PA National Re-certification Examination every six years, as required for Physician Associates to maintain registration on the Managed Voluntary Register (MVR) .

· Perform a variety of research and analysis tasks associated with improvement of clinical care, medical diagnosis and treatment where appropriate using the following means.

§ Audit of clinical practice.

§ Review of relevant literature.

§ Research unusual symptoms and treatment options through consultation with General Practitioners, Physicians and other specialists.

· Attend regular multi-disciplinary meetings organised by the Practice in order to discuss and learn from recent significant events relating to clinical practice occurring within the Practice.

· Attend regular educational meetings organised by the practice in order to update clinical knowledge, practice policy and guidelines and disseminate other useful information relevant to the provision of adequate healthcare for patients.

· Regularly reflect on own practice (and keep a record of learning encounters) in order to identify learning needs and encourage self-directed lifelong learning and continued professional development.

· Attend educational sessions as organised by your primary care educational tutor. This is an inclusive part of your training scheme and will equate to approximately half a day per week.


· Communicate when necessary with colleagues in Primary Care in order to discuss or refer specific patients, plan and co-ordinate activities or exchange information in order to improve the quality of patient care.

· Send and receive written information on behalf of the Practice regarding matters relating to the physical and social welfare of patients.

· Work to deliver together with other members of the Practice and Primary Healthcare Team, the objectives of the GP contract, including the terms of the Quality and Outcomes Framework and CCG Commissioning.

· Attend regular multi-disciplinary meetings organised by the Practice in order to discuss the health and social needs of particular patients.

Person Specification



  • To hold a post graduate diploma or MSc in Physician Associate Studies
  • Must be a Member of the Faculty of Physician Associates at the RCP, which includes registration on the PA MVR until such time that statutory regulation of PAs is achieved
  • Current and valid certification or re-certification by the UK Physician Associate National Examination
  • Maintains CPD requirements of 50 hours per year (As per FPARCP guidance)

Skills & abilities


  • Ability to work with unpredictable situations and under pressure and to tight deadlines with frequent interruptions
  • Ability to manage conflict calmly and positively, and adhere to procedures under pressure.
  • Ability to plan, respond and positively contribute to operational change.
  • Able to obtain and analyse complex technical information.
  • Familiarity with the audit cycle and collecting data.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills. Forming close working relationships with patients, nurses, GPs, community pharmacists, external healthcare professionals and non-clinical staff.
  • Ability to accurately input information with ability to produce high quality reports.
  • Strong sense of initiative and ability to self-direct.
  • Ability to manage time and workload, meeting deadlines as needed.

General Requirements


  • Must be able to work across multiple sites.
  • Flexible approach to all reasonable tasks.
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • High level of self-confidence and strong people skills.
  • Creative, flexible and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a high level of commitment.
  • Full UK driving licence



  • Experience of working as a physician associate for a minimum of 1 year
  • Experience of dealing with a range of clinical conditions
  • Demonstrate previous working in an NHS environment
  • Participates in CPD keeping up to date with evidence based knowledge and competence in all aspects of their role, meeting clinical governance guidelines for CPD.


  • Experience with Emis
  • Primary Care Experience
  • Experience in triage

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).

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Date posted

05 April 2022

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£40,056 a year



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