Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
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We are delighted to seek applications for a Specialist Mental Health Clinical Advisor in Psychiatry to join our team at the South East School of Physician Associates.
The role will work with the Project Manager of the Mental Health funding received by NHSE. Support with developing the programme for MH PAs and giving all PAs opportunities for CPD in MH areas. There are currently 11 PAs working in the Kent Surrey Sussex region and 0 PAs working in MH trusts in the Thames Valley Wessex area respectively. The post holder would support recruitment and retention of PAs working within Mental Health across both regions.
We look forward to hearing from any potential applicants and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this role further.
Main duties of the job
- To help support the programme of the expansion of PAs working in Mental Health in the South East region.
- To support the creation in conjunction with the Project Manager (PM) a bespoke inceptorship programme which would include monthly teaching sessions, facilitate group discussions, 121 meetings and general support throughout this process. This will support PAs moving smoothly from qualifying as a PA into a period in which, although learning clearly continues, service provision takes higher priority.
- Work with the PM to conduct an evaluation of the inceptorship programme for future learning and assess the success of the programme within the organisation.
- To support and offer professional development to the PAs working in environments that see Mental Health issues such as ED, Primary care, Geriatrics and Paediatrics.
NHSE have provided funding for development of the Physician Associate in Mental Health regional workstreams. This funding has been distributed to regions based on population to meet the needs of the local areas. The south east was giving funding for 22-23 and is due to be given more for 23-24. NHSE are providing this opportunity for funding aimed at galvanising regional innovation and transformational work whilst supporting regional infrastructure for further development of the PA in MH regional workstreams. NHSE have asked the SE School of PAs to formulate a plan for this funding as the School has the regional and organisational knowledge and is best placed to assess what can be delivered and supported to align with local needs, feasibility and existing maturity levels. Part of this plan is to recruit a Specialist Mental Health Clinical Advisor (Psychiatrist Consultant) to work half a day a weekly for 12 months.
PAs have been working in South East Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) and Thames Valley Wessex (TVW) since 2010 and there are currently about 400 PAs working within primary and secondary care in the region. PAs provide excellent systems knowledge of the department/areas and are well positioned to drive forward positive changes in patient care. However, PAs have only three or four weeks of psychiatric placement as part of their training; additional training would be beneficial.
NHSE funding guidance, the regional objectives are:
- To provide quality patient care at the right time and the right place
- To raise the profile of mental health to PA students to encourage recruitment in MH settings
- To help retain PAs in MH settings
- To upskill PAs in mental health in their area of work
This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, it is an outline description to give an overview of the responsibilities of the post. The post holder will be expected to be flexible to respond to change and the SESPA need. The post holder will be required to comply with all policies and procedures issued by their employer. The employer is an Equal Opportunities employer, and the post holder is expected to promote this in all aspects of work.
Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).