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Physician Associate/ Physiotherapist (Dual Accredited)

Role Summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated dual accredited Physician Associate and Physiotherapist to join our Parkinson’s Team.

  1. Physician Associate

Enthusiastic and highly motivated Physician Associates (PAs) to join our team and be trained up to be a PA specialising in Movement Disorders and Falls.

  1. Extended Scope Physiotherapist (Movement Disorders and Falls)

As part of our recovery plan to improve waiting times and reduce our length of stay we are looking for a PA/ Physio to join our team and to work as a non-medic within a medical model to work alongside established Clinicians supporting our medical clinical work.

We have new role which will support our Parkinson’s work and Falls and develop this role into a career progression post through developing these sub-speciality interests.

To ensure the post holder works within their scope of practice we need somebody with dual accreditation.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

As a Physicians’ Associate, this would be suitable for somebody who was at least 12 but ideally 24 months post qualification as a PA or significant existing PD experience.

It would suit a Physiotherapist with a range of experience working with neurological patients, who wants to develop new skills and learn to work in new ways and build a portfolio.

The post will involve fast tracking your post graduate training in a meaningful career progression way.

From the outset you will join Consultant supervised clinics in PD (Dr Sheridan and Dr Jackson, Dr Hope and Dr Jones). You will be trained up to do falls assessments and bone health reviews. You will learn how to do rating scales like MOCA, UPDRRS, Hallucinations and Delusions rating scales. You will see the range of commercial and non-commercial PD research studies we support. You will spend time with our Community PD Nurses learning about admission avoidance and how the MDT team can keep people out of Hospital.

We will help prepare you for if/when PAs can prescribe in the future. This would give a Physiotherapist the grounding to decide if they wanted to then at a later stage consider becoming a non-medical prescriber.

We will teach you how to interpret DAT scans and train you up to be able to report PKG results as we use more wearable technology to assess our patients.

Parkinson’s Disease is not one but probably 20-30 different illness and we don’t know what causes it and there isn’t a cure. It is multi-system illness and not just about a small area in the brain. It involves motor and non-motor problems as well as mood and cognitive complications and patients frequently fall. We work in a multi-disciplinary way. You will join a team who are keen to work towards more understanding of the illness, better treatments, and deliver holistic care.

The PA profession has grown over the last few years with a dedicated PA leadership team. We believe a key component of the role is a clear idea of a career progression with consultant supervision and mentoring. We have regular PA specific teaching sessions which are not only beneficial for ongoing CPD requirements, but also help create a warm and welcoming PA community.

We take career development and lifelong learning seriously. Current PAs have done ALS courses, Mental Health 1st Aid Champions courses, GCP, been involved in innovative projects like major COVID vaccine studies, CMDU COVID Medicine Delivery Unit set up and more. Our PAs are learning to do ultrasound guided procedures.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team which will focus on supporting and developing your skills and knowledge.

We are a friendly and caring team who pride ourselves on our commitment to high quality care. You will join a team of medical professionals working through all clinical areas ensuring a first class service and experience.

The PD Outreach team work will involve a range of skills that are primarily aimed at admission avoidance, reducing our length of stay, looking at alternate pathways to acute Hospital admission

  • Augmenting and working alongside our existing PD Nurse Specialists (Hospital Based) in providing daily reviews of all the PD patients across the Hospital.
  • Piloting and then supporting our addition of PD to AHAH (Acute Hospital at Home) and Virtual Ward Teams. (This is not to go out to patient’s own homes as there are other teams who do that).
  • Supporting existing base ward Nurses, Therapist and other staff with facilitating Get it on Time for PD Drugs, promoting and facilitating efficient discharges home, managing delirium and common issues like constipation and postural hypotension.
  • Piloting and then supporting admission avoidance and earlier discharge of PD related psychosis

Longer term we will be looking at developing clinics in a range of PD sub speciality areas so the above job plan is only an indication and will alter with time.

  • PD and syndromes
  • PD Dementia/ LBD
  • Advanced Therapies Clinics

The appointee would be expected to be GCP trained and help us recruit tour NIHR research PD portfolio, promote research and in a flexible manner support the research teams with PD trial work.

In addition at times there will be ward based work with the usual roles of a ward based PA – patient reviews, bloods, cannulas, notes and ward rounds, discharge summary etc.

Working Pattern: 30 hours per week

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Dr Ray Sheridan, Consultant on ray.sheridan@nhs.net

This is an internal vacancy for Royal Devon employees, therefore Bank workers are currently not eligible to apply for this vacancy.

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Benefits

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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