PRIMARY CARE PARAMEDIC PRACTITIONER 18 views
- Postal Code HP10 9XA
- Salary Offer £32,525 - £38,745
JOB TITLE: PRIMARY CARE PARAMEDIC PRACTITIONER
REPORTS TO: THE PARTNERS (Clinically)
THE PRACTICE MANAGER (Administratively)
HOURS: 37.5hrs (1WTE)
PAY SCALE: £32,525 – £38,745
Under supervision of the GPs in the practice, the post- holder will provide care for the presenting patient from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of care. The post-holder will demonstrate safe, clinical decision-making and expert care, including assessment and diagnostic skills, for patients within the service. The post-holder will demonstrate critical thinking in the decision-making process. The post-holder will work collaboratively with the healthcare team to meet the needs of the patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures. The post-holder will provide a holistic and clinical service, with support and supervision of GPs, implementing agreed management plans and following approved protocols as appropriate and will be supervised by a member of the clinical team. The post-holder will at all times behave in a professional way that encourages quality care and the development of a team spirit.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In accordance with the practice timetable, as agreed, the post-holder will make him/her-self available to undertake clinical sessions.
You will be required to:
- Work as part of a clinical team with GPs, Practice Nurses, Minor Illness Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Pharmacist, Physician Associate and Healthcare Assistants
- As part of the wider team you will be working with Management, Administrative and Reception staff.
- Under supervision of the GPs in the practice, make professional, autonomous decisions in relation to all treatment and preventative healthcare services in the Practice as delegated and agreed by the Partners
- Respond to medical problems presented by patients, by telephone or face-to-face consultations or home visits, including history taking, examination, investigation, diagnosis, explanation of treatment and referral and management plan where appropriate
- Provide direct clinical care to patients using established clinical guidelines
- Independently decide on and carry out treatment, including the prescribing of medicines if qualified. There will be scope for further training if not qualified.
- Consult and refer patients to physicians, medical specialists and other health professionals as appropriate
- Use your practice experience to plan and provide skilled and competent care to meet patients’ health and social care needs, involving other members of the wider health care team as appropriate
- Ensure the provision of continuity of care including follow-up consultations / visits
- Assess and evaluate, with patients, the effectiveness of the treatment and care provided and make changes as needed
- Empower patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote healthy lifestyles, and apply principles to promote patient self-responsibility for managing their own care where appropriate
- Fully document all aspects of patient care and complete all required
- paperwork for legal and administrative purposes using the computerised structured clinical record
- 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 NICE and other guidelines .
- Seek advice from other health professionals on matters beyond your level of competence
- Respond to requests for advice and support from other team members
- Act upon alerts and reminders during a routine consultation
- Provide appropriate preventative health care and advice
- Adhere to practice, local and national guidelines
- Follow up the care of patients as appropriate
- Deal with Practice notes, review discuss with GP where necessary
- Collect data for audit purposes.
Most of your responsibilities will involve patients with minor illnesses, visiting patients in their home/residential home to assess their medical condition and performing comprehensive assessments at home or in surgery on frail or chronically ill patients at the request of the GPs.
Administrative and Professional Responsibilities:
- Effectively manage own time, workload and resources
- Be punctual and professional in manner
- Attend meetings in-house or offsite as required
- Participate in the administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team
- Review clinical and non-clinical data
- Participate in patient care planning
- Review hospital admissions and A+E attendances
- Undertake additional training where necessary to provide improved or new services
- Meet timescales/deadlines to ensure that the Practice meets quality standards.
This job description is not intended to be exhaustive. The post-holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude towards the duties outlined which may be subject to amendment at any time in consultation with the post-holder and in line with the needs of the organisation. The post holder may be required to fulfil other duties, as agreed with the practice manager to meet the needs of the organisation.
Training and Educational Development:
- Training requirements will be monitored by yearly appraisal and will be in accordance with practice requirements. Personal development will be encouraged and supported by the practice. It is the individuals’ responsibility to remain up to date with recent developments.
- Ensure continuing education, training and development is undertaken to meet clinical governance guidelines for Continuing Professional Development and a Personal Development Plan.
- Keep up to date with relevant clinical research and evidence-based paramedic practice by attending continuing education courses and professional meetings, reading journals etc.
- Undertake continuing medical education (CPD) as required to maintain registration with the HCPC year.
- Perform a variety of research and analysis tasks associated with improvement of clinical care, medical diagnosis and treatment where appropriate using the following means:
- Audit of clinical practice.
- Review of relevant literature.
- Research unusual symptoms and treatment options through consultation with General Practitioners, Physicians and other specialists.
- Assist in clinical instruction and supervision of medical and nursing students as well as other learners that may periodically be attached to the practice, including the educational development and mentoring of attached students
- Attend regular multi-disciplinary meetings organised by the Practice in order to discuss and learn from recent significant events relating to clinical practice occurring within the Practice
- Attend regular educational meetings organised by the practice in order to update clinical knowledge, practice policy and guidelines and disseminate other useful information relevant to the provision of adequate healthcare for patients
- Regularly reflect on own practice (and keep a record of learning encounters) in order to identify learning needs and encourage self-directed lifelong learning and continued professional development
- In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately
- In the performance of the duties outlined in this Job Description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the Practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential
- Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the Practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the Practice policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data
You have a responsibility to follow the principles of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children in accordance with Practice policy.
Health & Safety:
The post-holder will assist in promoting and maintaining their own and others’ health, safety and security as defined in the practice Health & Safety Policy, the practice Health & Safety Manual, and the practice Infection Control policy and published procedures. This will include:
- Using personal security systems within the workplace according to Practice guidelines
- Identifying the risks involved in work activities and undertaking such activities in a way that manages those risks
- Making effective use of training to update knowledge and skills
- Using appropriate infection control procedures, maintaining work areas in a tidy and safe way and free from hazards
- Actively reporting of health and safety hazards and infection hazards immediately when recognised
- Keeping own work areas and general / patient areas generally clean, assisting in the maintenance of general standards of cleanliness consistent with the scope of the job holder’s role
- Undertaking periodic infection control training (minimum annually)
- Reporting potential risks identified
Equality and Diversity:
The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include:
- Acting in a way that recognizes the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with Practice procedures and policies, and current legislation
- Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues
- Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.
The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the Practice as part of this employment, such training to include:
- Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development
- Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work
The post-holder will strive to maintain quality within the Practice and will:
- Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk
- Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision
- Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the team’s performance
- Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients’ needs
- Effectively manage own time, workload and resources
The post-holder should recognize the importance of effective communication within the team and will strive to:
- Communicate sensitively and effectively with other team members
- Communicate sensitively and effectively with patients and carers
- Recognize people’s needs for alternative methods of communication and respond accordingly
Contribution to the Implementation of Services:
The post-holder will:
- Apply Practice policies, standards and guidance
- Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work
- Participate in audit where appropriate
|Qualifications and Training||Qualified paramedic registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professionals Council)
Evidence of professional development
|Dip. Primary and Urgent Care
Accredited training in chronic disease management
Accredited training in minor illness management
Proof of qualifications required at second interview
|Experience||Experience in triage
Experience in dealing with Minor Illnesses
Experience of dealing with patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions
Evidence of delivering a service which improves quality and outcomes for patients
Up to date knowledge and use of NICE guidelines for diabetes and other relevant national and local guidelines
Use of NICE and local diabetic pathways
Experience in audit
|2+ years proven record of working in General Practice dealing with patients presenting with a wide range of medical issues
Evidence of service development
|Personal Qualities||Able to work autonomously
Effective interpersonal skills and ability to care and deal tactfully and empathetically with patients
Demonstrates motivation, reliability and commitment to team working
Able to communicate at all levels
Ability to use sound clinical judgement and initiative
Able to work calmly under pressure
Able to work with competing priorities
Flexible regarding working hours
Professional, presentable appearance
|Ability to care for patients competently within a pressurised environment on a daily basis
Time management skills to manage own consultations within clinics
Please apply by email including your cv to email@example.com or phone 01494 478650