Physician Associate - CAMHS Eating Disorders
South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
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The SWL St George's Eating Disorders Service has a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence in treatment of eating disorders. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a consultant psychiatrist to join the Children and Young Persons Community Eating Disorders Service (CYP-CEDS), the specialist community eating disorder service for children and young people aged up to 18y. The team is highly specialist, with a particular focus on evidence-based NICE-concordant treatment, and collaborative working with service users, families and partner agencies. The service has been cited as a centre of excellence in the integration of physical and mental health care through integrated pathways and joint working with the St George's Hospital paediatric service, with the joint model of brief paediatric medical stabilisation for young people with Anorexia Nervosa, and lately, presentations of other eating concerns to the acute hospital during Covid-19, being widely disseminated. Staff members have been involved in published research into evidence-based parents' groups, inpatient treatment, liaison psychiatry, and feeding and eating disorders. Together with Wisteria ward (the inpatient service), the paediatric service at St George's Hospital, and the day patient service at the Maudsley Hospital as part of the South London Partnership provider collaborative, one of the most comprehensive pathways of care has been developed for young people with eating disorders.
Main duties of the job
This is a new post. The service is expanding with additional investment, and one of the areas of development is to expand the capacity in the service to take over from GPs the routine medical assessment and ongoing monitoring of physical health for young people in treatment in the service. The postholder will focus on this area of service delivery, supported by the consultant psychiatrist and consultant paediatrician and other medical and nursing staff in the team, and in close liaison with GPs and local paediatricians around physical healthcare.
Prior experience of working in eating disorder services is not required. If successful, the candidate will be mentored in post to fulfil the role.
The post-holder will be responsible to their medical supervisor, who will be a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
- Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
- Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
- Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
- Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
- NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.
Other benefits include:
- Eye examinations
- Looking after your health
- Cycle to work scheme
- Car lease scheme
- Season ticket loan
- Childcare vouchers
- Staff restaurants
- Free gym membership
- To provide medical 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 physical health care for all patients.
- They will work collaboratively with the mental 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 doctors as required, implementing agreed management plans and following approved protocols as appropriate.
- The PA will be expected to respond to requests from clinicians in the team to assess and treat physical illness for patients in the service, and to work proactively under the direction of the Consultant Psychiatrist with certain patients to manage long-term conditions, prevent deterioration and progression of disease, and to promote healthy living.
- The PA will also review and act appropriately on blood results and referrals/correspondence regarding their patients.
- In exceptional circumstance to provide additional services on an emergency basis under the direction and responsible supervision of a doctor, as are within the post-holders clinical competence and which would not otherwise jeopardise the delivery of services to patients.
- In emergency situations, administer basic life support, advanced life support and medications pending availability of a doctor.
- Contribute to the achievement and maintenance of key performance indicators for the trust.
- Have, develop and maintain extensive specialist knowledge and experience in general medicine, acting as a resource for the clinical team, fellow PAs and allied health professionals.
- To be accountable for care given and to comply with the Fitness to Practice and Code of Conduct standard as established by the UK Managed Voluntary Register for Physician Associates (and subsequently the appropriate statutory regulating body when in place). To work within the framework of the scope of professional practice.
- To ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment to those acting in an official capacity in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act and its amendments.
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.
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).