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Patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we pride ourselves in ensuring our patients feel safe, supported, communicated with and respected, at a time when they may be feeling vulnerable. Our vision is to provide high quality, seamless health care that enables people to lead healthier lives, whilst feeling supported and cared for.
Aylesbury Central Primary Care Network (PCN) is a collaboration of two practices in central Aylesbury, Whitehill Surgery and Berrycroft Community Health Centre, collectively we care for a patient population of 41,000. The successful applicant will be working with a team of clinical pharmacists and become part of a fast-moving PCN looking for innovative ways to meet our patient needs.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to help shape our new PCN home visiting service. Aylesbury Central PCN is looking to build a home visiting team that will visit patients both in their homes and places of care such as residential and nursing homes. In addition to being a part of the home visiting team there will also be some clinical sessions as part of acute services for minor illness . We are seeking an experienced paramedic with a vision to build this service for our patient population and build on our expanding PCN teams.
The role will provide a specialist Paramedic resource for Health Care Professionals and service users, working in collaboration with other members of the Primary Care Network (PCN) Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). You may be required to work in all GP Practices within the PCN. The role will involve working as an autonomous, accountable practitioner, in the provision of a holistic approach for individuals living in care homes including assessment, diagnosis and treatment to deliver quality patient services.
The post holder will use advanced clinical skills to provide education to patients and service users, promoting self-care and empower them to make informed choices about their treatment.
The post holder will assess, diagnose, treat, refer or signpost patients and or service users who attend the surgery with undifferentiated or undiagnosed conditions relating to minor illness or minor injury. The post holder will engage in telephone consultations, taking clinical responsibility for all patients who have requested an urgent appointment.
The post holder will perform any other clinical and clinical administrative duties where trained and determined safe to do so by the organisation. This may include assisting with medical reports, safeguarding, and clinic support.
No previous experience in primary care is necessary as full and comprehensive training will be given to the successful applicant. In addition to the initial training given by the PCN ongoing clinical supervision and training will also be provided.
A Paramedic is authorised to undertake treatments and procedures for which they are trained, and which are within the College of Paramedic Guidelines in line with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards framework. The post holder will have access to appropriate clinical supervision and an appropriate named individual in the PCN to provide general advice and support on a day-to-day basis.
- To deliver a high standard of patient care using advanced autonomous clinical skills with in-depth theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice working with the support and guidance from the GPs and other independent clinicians working within the PCN MDT.
- To manage a clinical caseload and deal with presenting patient’s needs in both a nursing a residential care home setting.
- To provide clinical leadership where appropriate within the MDT, supporting other members of the team to develop and maintain clinical skills appropriate to your role and expertise.
Education / Qualification / Experience
- Full registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Educated to degree level in a Paramedic science
- Evidence of working at an advanced/specialist paramedic level
- Evidence of relevant and up to date CPD
- Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Practice or equivalent
- Advanced Life Support Provider
- Independent Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification
- Member of the College of Paramedics
Skills & Knowledge
- Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
- Ability to manage and prioritise workload
- Ability to work flexibly in core hours to meet the needs of the service
- Proven ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
- Sound organisational skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Able to professionally and appropriately challenge differing opinions as a patient advocate
- Basic IT skills in word processing and e-mail
- Experience in using I.T. based patient documentation systems
- Record keeping skills
- Understanding of health education/promotion
- Understanding of Confidentiality and the Data protection Act
- Understanding of clinical governance and its significance and impact upon practice
- Ability to participate in audit and standard setting
- Awareness of equality and valuing diversity principles
- Evidence of experience / competency in the form of a professional portfolio
- Experience of working in Primary and community Care
- Experience of clinical supervision
Training & 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.
- 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 analyses
- Review of relevant literature
- Research unusual symptoms and treatment options through consultation with general practitioners, and the wider MDT.
- Promote and support a learning culture within the PCN MDT 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 PCN and partner practices.
- Contribute to regular multi-disciplinary, PCN and OHP educational meetings.
- Undertake Audits, Appraisals and teaching and mentoring staff.
- Participate in Multi-Disciplinary Protocol guideline development as appropriate.
- Registration with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) to be renewed every 2 years to maintain registration.
- Undertake statutory and mandatory training as required by the organisation.
- Demonstrate clinical leadership.
- Pro-actively promote the role of the Paramedic within the PCN, practices and OHP and externally to key stakeholders and agencies.
- Respect patient confidentiality at all times and not divulge patient information unless sanctioned by the requirements of the role.
- Membership of the College of Paramedics Voluntary Register is not mandatory but desirable.
- Leader for the care homes multi-disciplinary team.
- GPs and General practice teams within the PCN
- PCN Clinical Director
- PCN Business Manager
- Multi-disciplinary team. members including but not exhaustive: Clinical Pharmacists, technicians, Physician Associates, Physios, Paramedics, Social Prescribing Link Workers, Care coordinators & Health and Well-being Coaches.
- OHP clinical and non-clinical staff.
Health and Safety/Risk Management
- The post-holder must comply at all times with the organisation and Practice’s Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed safe working procedures and reporting incidents using the organisation’s Incident Reporting System.
- The post-holder will comply with the Data Protection Act (1984), The General Data Protection Regulations (2018) and the Access to Health Records Act (1990).
- The post-holder will comply with all necessary training requirements relevant to the role as identified by the organisation.
- To assist the with investigating untoward incidents or near misses in accordance with the internal Significant Events.
Equality and Diversity
- The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. Co-workers, patients and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc
Respect for Patient Confidentiality
- The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. Co-workers, patients and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.
Special Working Conditions
- This role requires you to travel between practices within the PCN and/or to make visits to patients who cannot attend the surgery. The post holder is required to hold a full, clean UK driving license and have access to a suitable vehicle with a valid MOT and covered by business insurance
- Car owner/driver, with exclusive access to a vehicle
- Ability to work alone in the primary care setting