Advanced Practitioner Paramedic S&W Herefordshire Primary Care Network
Taurus Healthcare Limited
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37.5 hours but enquiries about part-time hours welcome
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Advanced Paramedic Practitioners to join the South & West Herefordshire Primary Care Network (PCN).
We are looking for experienced applicants to help build a team of practitioners working together in a vital role providing urgent assessments to patients across the PCN. You will be able to demonstrate excellence in clinical decision-making and expert care.
The role will exist within a team and will be both varied and diverse with clinical support and mentorship provided to allow the successful recruit to flourish. There will be a strong focus on self-development and team engagement. The workload will consist of a mixture of urgent face-to-face appointments, telephone triage, video consultations and home visits.
In turn, the post holder will be expected to contribute to the teaching and training of more junior, less experienced colleagues.
S&W Herefordshire is a very special place to live and work. This beautiful, green county is uniquely placed with providers across the system committed to working together to improve the health and wellbeing of Herefordshire people and provide more joined up care closer to home. We are OneHerefordshire.
Main duties of the job
As a senior member of the multi-disciplinary team you will be expected to provide care for patients from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and appropriate follow up and evaluation of care. You will demonstrate safe clinical decision-making and expert care, including assessment and diagnostic skills and safety netting for patients within general practice, whether this be remotely, in practice or in the patients place of residence.
Clinical Supervision will be provided within a collaborative approach across system partners, including the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Training Hub, GP mentors and fellow Advanced Care Practitioners. To discuss the role please contact Sharon Waldis PCN Manager via Taurus Healthcare or Jim Petter Advisor to the Training Hub.
There will be an opportunity for some remote working within this role and the Herefordshire PCNs in this instance includes GP practices as follows.
SW PCN Alton Street Surgery, Fownhope MC, Pendeen Surgery, Golden Valley Practice, Kingstone Surgery, Much Birch Surgery
Our PCN is forward looking with strong relationships between practices and community providers. We are keen to develop our sense of team across the PCN which in turn will improve patient care and outcomes.
Herefordshire General Practice and Primary Care Networks are supported by GP federation Taurus Healthcare to enable the best of local services and the benefits of at scale working.
JOB PURPOSE: Applicants should be experienced Paramedics (minimum 5 years post-registration) and willing to undertake the First Contact Practitioner Pathway (if not already undertaken). Acting within their professional boundaries, they will provide care for patients from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and appropriate follow up and evaluation of care.
They will demonstrate safe clinical decision-making and expert care, including assessment and diagnostic skills and safety-netting for patients within general practice.
The role will include working as part of the duty team and playing a vital part in performing urgent assessments, whether this be remotely, in practice or in a patient's home.
The post holder will demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process, with the ability to prioritise and triage the needs of patients. Accordingly, instigating appropriate investigations or referrals to colleagues and other care providers.
They will be able to follow local and national guidelines and pathways, working to the latest evidence base, and will practise in a reflective manner, completing significant event analyses and audits to evaluate the effectiveness of the care they provide.
They will work collaboratively as part of the general practice multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of the Primary Care Network (PCN) priorities for improved health and care across our geographical area. The role will exist within a team and will be both varied and diverse with clinical support and mentorship provided to allow the successful recruit to flourish. There will be a strong focus on self-development and team engagement. The workload will consist of a mixture of urgent face-to-face appointments, telephone triage, video consultations and home visits.
To be an integral part of a Network-wide team of clinicians, including GPs, ACPs/ECPs, nurses and paramedics, delivering acute and planned care to the population.
To work within the community, as an autonomous, accountable, Paramedic Practitioner, in the provision of a holistic approach for individuals including assessment, diagnosis and treatment, to deliver high quality patient services.
To assess, investigate, diagnose, treat, refer, or signpost patients/service users who present with undifferentiated or undiagnosed conditions relating to minor illness, minor injury, or urgent problems.
The post holder will use advanced clinical skills to provide education to service users, promoting self-care and empowering them to make informed choices about their treatment.
The post holder must have access to a vehicle for home visits with mileage expenses remunerated by submission of a monthly mileage form. (Please note it is the postholders responsibility to ensure that their car insurance is covered for business use).
Diagnosing and treating patients presenting with minor illness and/or minor injury
Works from the surgery as an autonomous practitioner caring for patients and families.
Triage and treat acutely unwell patients wishing to see a health care professional, making any necessary referrals to other members of the primary health care team. Consulting at 15 minutes once competent within the practice clinical system.
Support assessment and care of patients accessing the Practice using telephony or an online consultation platform after training if necessary.
Triage and treat appropriate patients in the practice or on home visits and discuss with patients GP after assessment.
May be required to help with the avoiding unplanned admissions.
May be required to help with care home provision.
Will also review patient documents and pathology results and assist in maintaining patient records where appropriate.
Assist with the annual flu and other immunisation programmes.
Advise patients on general health care and minor ailments, with referral to other members of the primary and secondary health care team as necessary.
Undertake assessment for patients within their place of residence including care homes and those attending the surgery, using diagnostic skills, initiation of investigations and feeding back to the patients GP where appropriate.
Prescribe/issue medications as appropriate following policy, patient group directives and local pathways. Independent Prescriber qualifications desirable, where not available, candidates will be supported to undertake this as part of their future development.
To impart knowledge and skills to colleagues, both formally and informally by promoting peer review and best practice within the work environment.
To communicate at all levels within the team ensuring an effective service is delivered.
Ensure evidenced-based care is delivered at the highest standards ensuring delivery of high quality patient care.
Work with local and national evidenced based policies and procedures.
Contribute to teaching and training of colleagues within the Network.
COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
As well as the multidisciplinary clinical team, there is a need to work closely with reception and administration staff to ensure the smooth running of the practices within the PCN, reporting any problems encountered to the relevant person and ensuring everyone works closely within the team.
There is also the need to establish and maintain good liaison with other stakeholders, including secondary care, community services and social care.
To attend mandatory training and fire lectures regularly and assist with fire policy/evacuation procedure when necessary and to Participate in any training as required by the PCN aligned to the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme and strategic direction of the PCN.
Maintain continued professional development (CPD) by attendance at courses and study days as deemed useful or necessary for professional development.
- To participate in Individual Performance Review and Personal Development plans on an annual basis and to undertake training and development as identified within these discussions and as indicated by the requirements of the post.
CLINICAL GOVERNANCE AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
- To realise the importance of confidentiality when dealing with patients and staff, particularly when giving or receiving information over the telephone in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
- Maintain the high standards of the service by contributing towards individual, team and service objectives and always acting in the best interest of patients.
- To accurately collect, collate and input data to Information Systems as required by procedures to ensure that patient database records are up to date and accurate.
Enhance own performance through Continuous Professional Development, imparting own knowledge and behaviours to meet the needs of the service.
To impart knowledge and skills to colleagues, both formally and informally by promoting peer review and best practice within the work environment. To communicate at all levels within the team ensuring an effective service is delivered. Ensure evidenced-based care is delivered at the highest standards ensuring delivery of high quality patient care. Work with local and national evidenced based policies and procedures.
- Post-holders will be required to always comply with Information Governance related standards and policies when dealing with confidential information, which includes any information relating to the business of the company and its service users and employees.
- Post-holders are bound by a duty of confidentiality and must conduct their duties in line with the NHS Confidentiality Code of Practice, Data Protection Act and Freedom of information Act.
- Post-holders must maintain high standards of quality in corporate and clinical record keeping ensuring information is always recorded accurately and kept up to date. The post-holder must only access information, whether paper, electronic or in other media, which is authorised to them as part of their duties.
- All Information obtained or held during the post-holders period of employment that relates to the business of the company and its service users and employees will remain the property of the Taurus Healthcare. Information may be subject to disclosure under legislation at the Companys discretion and in line with national rules on exemption.
- Any breach of confidentiality or computer misuse could lead to disciplinary action, and in serious cases could result in dismissal. Breaches after the post-holders employment has ended could result in the Company taking legal action against them.
Please see attached document for full job description and personal specification.
Taurus Healthcare Limited
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17 September 2021
£38,890 to £42,700 a year