PCN Physician Associate

MKGP Plus Ltd


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Job summary

As a PA you will be acting 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 demonstrate 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.

As a PCN PA, you must hold registration with the Managed Voluntary Register (or equivalent if this is superseded).

Main duties of the job

  • To deliver a high standard of patient care using advanced autonomous clinical skills with in-depth theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice working under the supervision of a GP
  • To manage a clinical caseload and deal with presenting patients needs in a primary care setting
  • To provide clinical leadership where appropriate within the practice and support other members of the team to develop and maintain clinical skills appropriate to your role and expertise.

Mentorship and supervision will be provided by designated senior medical personnel. The level and type of supervision will be dependent on the post holders skills and knowledge and determined by the organisations clinical governance arrangements. You will follow recommended annual appraisals and continuing professional development set out by the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA).

About us

We will provide a supportive learning environment, especially structured in the first preceptorship year

We will help you set out and revise specific educational goals

We will support you to receive CPD time commensurate with the requirements of your role

We will ensure appropriate clinical supervision

You will receive regular appraisals

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for full details.


The post holder will under appropriate supervision:

Provide first point of contact for patients presenting with undifferentiated, undiagnosed problems, utilising history taking, physical examination, problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills to establish a working diagnosis and management plan working in partnership with patients.

Undertake as agreed surgery-based consultations for emergency or routine problems including management of long-term conditions. In addition, undertake telephone consultations / home visits and participate in duty rotas

Instigate necessary invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tests or investigations and interpret findings/reports within the scope of a PAs practice. Discuss the result and implications of laboratory investigations with patients

Utilise clinical guidelines and promote evidence-based practice

Offer a holistic service to patients and their families, developing where appropriate an on-going plan of care/support with an emphasis on prevention and self-care

Refer patients directly to other services or agencies using appropriate referral pathways

Ensure safe handover of care within and outside the practice as appropriate

Work directly with members of the practice primary health care team and support integrated patient centred care through appropriate working with wider primary care / social care networks

Identify community health needs and participate in the development of patient/family-centred strategies to address them

Contribute to the practice quality targets to consistently achieve high standards of safe, evidence-based, cost-effective patient care and service delivery

Training and Development

Participate in continuing professional development opportunities to keep up to date with evidence-based knowledge and competence in all aspects of the role to meet clinical governance guidelines for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and a Personal Development Plan (PDP) utilising a reflective approach to practice. This requires 50 hours of CPD every year: a minimum of 25 hours must be in accredited direct learning programmes

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

    • Audit of clinical practice
    • Significant event review / root cause analysis
    • Review of relevant literature
    • Research unusual symptoms and treatment options through consultation with general practitioners, physicians and other specialists

Promote and support a learning culture within the practice and assist in clinical instruction, mentoring and supervision of medical, nursing or physician associate students and other learners that may periodically be attached to the practice

Contribute to regular multi-disciplinary and or practice educational meetings

Participate in multi-disciplinary protocol and patient group directions (PGDs) development as appropriate

Work closely with other clinical staff and administrative managers in the setting up and/or improving of practice systems for monitoring/measuring performance against Clinical Governance and Quality Indicator targets


Fully document all aspects of patient care and complete all required paperwork for legal and administrative purposes in accordance with relevant standards

Work in accordance with internal administrative systems relating to but not limited to the management of clinical data,

Send and receive written information on behalf of the practice relating to the physical and social welfare of patients

Work closely with other clinical staff and administrative managers in the setting up and/or improving of practice systems for monitoring/measuring performance against Clinical Governance and Quality Indicator targets and work to deliver the NHS contract pertinent to the practice including the terms of the Quality and Outcomes Framework and locally enhanced services

Ensure that all practice policies are fully implemented

Support, contribute to and participate in external inspections

Person Specification



  • Take the UK PA National Re-Certification Exam every six years - required for Physician Associates AND maintain your professional registration working within the latest Code of Professional Conduct (CIPD).
  • Undertake statutory and mandatory training as required by the practice

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).

Employer details

Employer name

MKGP Plus Ltd


Whalley Drive


Milton Keynes



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Date posted

22 July 2021

Pay scheme



£40,500 to £42,500 a year



Working pattern


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Job locations

Whalley Drive


Milton Keynes



241 Queensway


Milton Keynes


Cobbs Garden



MK46 5QG

25 Witham Court


Milton Keynes


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