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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/09/2021.

Physician Associate

Job Reference: 262-A-21-105905

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC)
200226 CIC General Surgery
Cumberland infirmary, Carlisle
£40,057 to £45,839

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond.We’re responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of ‘safe, high quality care every time’.

  • Being a clinically led organisation

  • Quality and safety at the heart

  • A positive patient experience every time

  • A great place to work

  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Physician Associate, Carlisle 37.5 hours per week

Come and join our surgical team as a Physician Associate (PA)! This vacancy offers the opportunity to be part of a growing, vibrant composite workforce team, providing effective health care to the people of North Cumbria and working to bring about dynamic change in the way patients requiring health care are managed in North Cumbria.

Based at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, our PA posts in Surgery will involve working in relevant departments rotating to support skill and knowledge acquisition, and as such you will have the opportunity to have flexible working areas where you are able to practise.

Support is provided by a Divisional Lead as well as a Medical Supervisor. PAs will have supervisors throughout their employment.

Post holders will be required to utilise advanced clinical decision making and clinical skills to effectively manage patients within all settings. The Physicians Associate role is pivotal within both medical and nursing teams, helping to coordinate, communicate and deliver clinical care on a day to day basis.

You will provide expert assistance to the Consultant, middle grade and junior doctors in the provision of a high quality, patient centred service as part of an award winning Composite Workforce within our Trust. You will be expected to participate in all aspects of the patient pathway as appropriate and will be expected to perform delegated duties with a high degree of clinical skill and knowledge. The posts will involve regular operating theatre experience.

The Trust supports 7 day working in the delivery of care to our patients. Shift patterns will vary dependent upon area of practice at any given time as care is centred on the service requirements.

There will be a focus on acquiring skills and knowledge in the speciality field whilst under the supervision and guidance of a consultant and mentor to oversee and aid their career development. We have received excellent feedback from both students and the University of Central Lancashire on the experience of their students whilst on placement with us. We are keen to hear from anyone wishing to develop their Physician Associate career in a University hospital setting.

PAs will have the opportunity to consolidate their learning, in a supportive, friendly environment, with a tailored preceptorship programme and robust appraisal framework. You will have a named clinical supervisor and access to apply for study leave for courses and conferences to support your learning.

We would encourage anyone interested in applying to please contact: Mr Dayalan Karat, Clinical Director, (Telephone: 07795 046480).

Salary will be at mid-point Agenda for Change Band 6 (year 1), with progression to Agenda for Change Band 7 thereafter, subject to a competency review after 12 months.

  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:

  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro – Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock – Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £26 + Administration cost of £4.20 = deducted at £10.20 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 2 months.

Enhanced Check: £44 + administration cost of £4.20 = £15.20 deducted from 1st month salary and £11 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their NHS jobs account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:

  • Junk Mail is checked regularly
  • Ensure mail from NHS Jobs are added to your address book
  • Check your NHS Jobs Account frequently for updates

If you have been unsuccessful following shortlisting, you can check the status of your application by clicking on "My Applications" and reviewing the status. Due to the volumes of applications we receive we will not automatically issue feedback if you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust has implemented a Probationary Period Policy and Procedure and this will apply on appointment.

Your personal information is important to us; attached is our notice on why we need to hold certain information about you, how we process it and your rights to have it updated.

Overseas candidates wishing to apply, who would require immigration sponsorship, can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

We welcome your feedback via NHS jobs to how we can improve our recruitment service and we hope to see you working for us soon.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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