Health Coach - Pain Management and Addiction
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Health and Wellbeing Coaches are new to Primary Care and we have recently recruited a number of these roles across the borough of Stockport. The Health Coach – Pain Management and Addiction will support the Pharmacy Team to manage the principles of acute pain management in opioid-dependent patients using opioids, providing adequate analgesia, prevent withdrawal, and avoid triggering a relapse or worsening of the addiction disorder.
Main duties of the job
The Health and Wellbeing Coach will support with key activity across the PCN; supporting the PCN manager and their practices by co-ordinating activity and providing an efficient, well organised administrative and operational support to the clinicians and managers in the network to ensure effective timely delivery of the PCN objectives.
Viaduct Care is the GP Federation and is a partnership of all GP practices across Stockport.
The federation was formed to empower local GPs to provide the best possible care for patients whilst tackling some of the challenges faced by General Practice by helping doctors and other healthcare professionals work together, share resources and expertise.
Our vision is to be consistently recognised for enabling the delivery of high quality patient centred healthcare, which is innovative, equitable, efficient, effective and contributing to a healthy population in Stockport.
Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we’ll provide you with the high-quality support you need to continue developing your skills, achieve job satisfaction and help shape the future of healthcare to make a real difference to people’s lives.
Main Roles & Responsibilities:
· Construct a therapeutic plan to overcome barriers to effective pain management in a patient with addiction
· Collaborate with the patient/family and inter-professional team in evaluating change readiness, assessing patient’s wants and needs, developing plan of care, designing teaching plans/programmes, promoting self-care skills, and evaluating the patient’s progress towards foals and expected outcomes, whilst maintaining a patient-centred, whole person approach
· Use evidence-based approaches to increase patient and family activation and engagement in their own care.
· Distinguish high-risk patients from low-risk patients regarding use of opioids to manage pain.
· Design treatment plans for the management of acute pain in a patient with addiction
· Collaborate with Pharmacy Team to design a pharmacotherapy plan for patients with coexisting addiction and chronic non cancer pain
· Design a pain management plan that encompasses recommended nonpharmacologic components for patients with a history of substance abuse.
· An understanding of the pharmacology of commonly misused substances
· An understanding of the legal framework for the control and regulation of drugs that are considered dangerous or otherwise harmful
· Establish MDT meetings between the Pharmacy Team, Physiotherapy Team and Mental Health Team
It should be noted that whilst this job description lists the main areas of responsibility, there may be additional tasks appropriately assigned by either the Clinical Director or PCN Lead Manager to this role.
This list of duties is not intended to be exhaustive, but indicates the main areas of work and may be subject to change after consultation with the post-holder to meet the changing needs of the service
· Objectives for the post will be the subject of overall agreement and regular review between the post-holder and their line manager. This will via regular supervision and the organisations Performance Development Review (PDR) ‘Aspire and Perform’ process.
Confidentiality and Compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018
· The post holder must maintain confidentiality regarding information about patients, staff and other Viaduct Care business in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
· All employees of Viaduct Care must not, without prior permission, disclose any information regarding patients or staff. In circumstances where it is known that a member of staff has communicated information to an unauthorised person, those staff will be liable to dismissal. Moreover, the Data Protection Act 2018 also renders an individual liable to prosecution in the event of unauthorised disclosure of information
Health and Safety
· All employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure that the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe working environment for patients, visitors and employees
· Review and ensure systems are in place for the proactive management of risk registers
· All employees of Viaduct Care are required to contribute to the management of infection control and be proactive in awareness raising and prevention
· Ensure that all guidelines, protocols and procedures undertaken within the service are in line with evidence based practice for infection control
Safeguarding Children and Adults
All staff are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards and promotes the health and well-being of children and vulnerable adults. Familiarisation with and adherence to the policies and procedures of the Local Safeguarding Boards (Children and Adults) and those of Viaduct Care is an essential requirement of all staff as is participation in mandatory safeguarding training in accordance with individual roles and responsibilities.
Equality and Diversity
· Employees should promote diversity and equality of opportunity within Viaduct Care
· Build a culture where everyone is valued and equipped to do their job
· All employees must carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with Viaduct Care’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policies, avoiding unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with colleagues, service users, members of the public and other stakeholders
All employees of Viaduct Care have a responsibility for working in a low carbon environment, where energy is used wisely and not wasted. Environmental impact should be reduced by recycling where possible, switching off lights, computers, monitors and equipment when not in use, minimising water usage and reporting faults promptly.
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.