Physician Associates


Job Description

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Our organisation

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey & North-East Hampshire. We deliver high quality care across our 140 services and we employ over 2,500 staff serving a population of 1.3 million. Our services are provided in community settings, hospitals, and residential homes.

Our mission and values “For a better life”

  • Treat people well
  • Create respectful places
  • Be Open, Honest, Accountable
  • Involve not ignore

Our services

We provide a comprehensive range of services including in the community and hospital settings: talking therapies, mental health services for adults, children and adolescents, drug, and alcohol, learning disability, eating disorder, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder clinic, forensic and other mental health.

To view our latestCQCreport please click on the link provided in this advert in the Further Links section.

About the role

We are delighted to expand our Physicians Associates workforce and be an integral part of our workforce and enhancing our clinical service delivery. We have valued our current PAs contribution in improving patients’ outcomes across services

The 4.0 wtesPhysician Associates will be employed by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and will work in the Older Adult CMHTOP according to the timetable in the job plan. The clinical supervisor will undertake 3-monthly reviews to oversee and support the development of the post-holder, with support from the Associate Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist from each service.

The geographical areas of employment are in:

  • Guildford and Waverley
  • Spelthorne
  • East and Mid Surrey

It is recognised that the successful candidate may have limited prior experience of psychiatry and appropriate supervision and training will be provided to support the candidate in fulfilling the duties of the role.

About you

  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team
  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms, initiatives, and issues
  • Personal values aligning with the Trust’s values: “Treat people well/ Involve not ignore/ Open, honest and accountable/ Create respectful places”

Education / qualifications

  • BA/BS Degree prior to undertaking PA program
  • The Physician Associate must be a postgraduate of a Physician Associate training program and be registered on the PA-MVR held at the FPARCP
  • Training required in BLS

Experience, Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

  • 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
  • Ability to implement and interpret policies and procedures
  • Experience of conducting clinical audit
  • Experience of assisting in the development of the role of Physician Associate in the UK and the educational development of Physician Associate students through student shadowing and/or teaching
  • Awareness of current developments and initiatives in psychiatric services.
  • Knowledge of psychiatric interventions and terminology
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to respond to questions in a tactful and professional manner
  • Ability to adhere to regulations as well as work flexibly to meet the needs of the Trust
  • Energy and enthusiasm and the ability to work under pressure
  • An inquiring and critical approach to work
  • Caring attitude toward patients
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, nurses, other staff, and agencies
  • Commitment to professional development

Previous experience of psychiatry or medical experience in a general hospital setting

Key new developments over the past three years include:

  • The implementation of the Care Pathways which focusses on providing specific interventions by cluster for the person’s recovery journey.
  • The implementation of GPiMHS a newly funded service which provides a mental health service in primary care for those persons who do not require or meet the threshold of secondary care.

Our offer

  • NHS Physician Associate - Band 7 - £40,057 - £45,839 + £1,845 HCAS per annum
  • CPD: 5 days study leave and up to £500 study budget
  • Relocation allowance: up to £8,000*subject to policy requirements
  • Sponsorship for international candidates: up to £3,199
  • NHS Pension: employer’s contribution 14.38% from day one
  • Subsidised nursery places
  • Car Scheme: tax saving up to £6,000
  • Nuffield Gym Membership
  • Generous annual leave and sick pay

Surrey is recognized as having many areas of outstanding beauty and is well known for its countryside. It is well serviced by excellent rail and road network links, as well as being within proximity of two of London’s main airports, Heathrow, and Gatwick. The team base is just off the M25 and there is easy access to London and the coast. Surrey has many attractions for children and families. The county also has excellent schools within the area, making it the perfect place to live and work.

Closing Date: 5th December 2021

Shortlisting Date:to be arrange after shortlisting

Assessment Centre: to be arrange after shortlisting

Interview Date: to be arrange after shortlisting

For further information and / or to arrange aninformal visitplease contact:

Raja Rutah, Lead-Clinical Engagement and Transformation,CMO Office

on [email protected]

Regarding the recruitment process please contact

Maria Chambers Medical/Recruitment and Engagement Specialist

on [email protected] or + (44)07787221781


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