Physician Associate - N&W PCN

Taurus Healthcare Limited


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Job summary

Interview date: 07/12/2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Physicians Associate to join the N&W Herefordshire Primary Care Network, playing a key role in building patient centred care based on the needs of the local population. They will be working with general practice teams who have longstanding relationships with their patients and provide lifelong care. The PCN Role offers a range of opportunities well matched to the skill mix and competencies encompassed in the P.A.

The successful candidate:

· You will be passionate about upholding excellent standards of care responsive to specific needs of the community, patients, families and carers

· You will be motivated to contribute to practice and network development of services

· You will be a keen team player with excellent organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure at times

· You will be open to new ideas and able to implement systems to deliver services differently and better.

PCNs are the future for delivering holistic and person-centred care. We can offer Physician Associates an opportunity to join a team with a huge range of expertise and play a part in this exciting transformation in health.

Main duties of the job

The Physicians Associates will:

· Providing direct clinical care to patients; taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, analysis, diagnosis and explaining medical problems during consultations and home visits. This may be as part of the Duty Team or in routine clinics.

· Supporting elderly and frail patients living at home or in Care Homes. Providing anticipatory and personalised care planning

· Contributing to the clinical development of network practices helping to establish appropriate systems to manage common chronic medical conditions, undertaking audits and contributing to the development of policies.

About us

The North & West Herefordshire PCN includes GP practices; Kington Medical Practice, The Marches Surgery Leominster, The Mortimer Medical Practice Kingsland, Tenbury Wells Surgery, Weobley and Staunton on Wye surgeries and Westfield Surgery Leominster. There will be an opportunity for remote working.

It is a highly organised and forward looking PCN with strong relationships between practices and community providers.

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.

The Physicians Associates will be working with established teams who have longstanding relationships with their local diverse community and provide lifelong care in this rural and small market town setting.

The N&W PCN team is committed to understanding and responding proactively to the needs of their most vulnerable patients, supporting them to enjoy good health and independence and for as long as possible.

Come and work with us and be part of this exciting new development, working in partnership with patients and enabling excellent care.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The PA will provide care for presenting patients 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 care for all patients. They will work collaboratively with the healthcare team to meet the needs of the patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures. The PA will provide holistic and clinical service, with support from the GPs as required, implementing agreed management plans, personalised care planning and following approved protocols as appropriate.

Mentorship and supervision will be provided by designated senior medical personnel. The level and type of supervision will be dependent on the post holder’s acquisition of skills and knowledge and determined by the organisations clinical governance arrangements.


The post holder will work collaboratively with other members of the Primary Care Team within the policies and procedures of their practice and the Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and will have the following duties and responsibilities under the broad headings below:

1. Clinical

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

· Provide direct clinical care to patients using established local and national clinical guidelines.

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

· Recommend and explain appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment. Administer opportunistic immunisation as appropriate eg influenza vaccine.

· Request and interpret results of laboratory investigations when necessary. Review and communicate results where appropriate.

· Consult and refer patients to physicians, medical specialists and other health professionals as appropriate; in primary, secondary or community care.

· Instruct and educate patients in all matters relating to their physical and mental health. This may include medication, diet, social habits, contraception, lifestyle and preventative healthcare.

· Conduct telephone consultations which may involve discussing the results and implications of laboratory investigations with patients as well as dealing appropriately with routine and emergency complaints.

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

· Update the patient record with information for QOF/DRUMS and other practice monitoring and review systems.

· Work with a supervising physician to visit, assess and provide care for patients in their own homes or in residential or nursing homes linked with the practice where appropriate.

· Contribute to the clinical development of the Practice by developing a special interest and to help establish appropriate systems to manage common chronic medical conditions, ensuring compliance with current accepted national guidelines. This would include carrying out audits and contributing to the development of practice policies.

· Undertake other activities when needed that are within the post holder’s clinical competence and which would not otherwise jeopardise the delivery of primary medical services to the patients.

· Liaise with community hospitals, consultants and other healthcare providers, insurance companies and other community organisations to refer/consult on specific cases.

· Engage with the nursing and non-clinical members of the Primary care team as required, requesting action where appropriate.

Person Specification



  • If UK Trained:
  • Degree at 2:2 level or above.
  • PG Dip in Physician Associate Studies from a UK PA programme.
  • Current and valid certification or re-certification by the UK Physician Associate National Examination.
  • Member of the Faculty of Physician Associates at the RCP, which includes registration on the UK Physician Associate Register (the PA Managed Voluntary Register).
  • If US Trained:
  • Current and valid certification with the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
  • Member of the Faculty of Physician Associates at the RCP, which includes registration on the UK Physician Associate Register (the PA Managed Voluntary Register).


  • If US Trained:
  • MSc Degree in Physician Associate Studies, Physician Assistant Studies or Medical Sciences.



  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgements when faced with conflicting pressures.
  • Ability to motivate and develop the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage and lead a working group.
  • Sound IT knowledge, including internet, Outlook, Word, Excel.
  • To assist in the development of the Physician Associate role in the UK.
  • Assist in the educational development of Physician Associate students through student shadowing and/or teaching.


  • Experience of working within a medicine environment.
  • Experience of preventative medicine and chronic disease management.
  • An awareness of current developments and initiatives in health care.

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Taurus Healthcare Limited


Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street




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Date posted

12 November 2021

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£41,000 to £43,000 a year



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Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street




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