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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/10/2021.

Physician Associate

Job Reference: 358-3485926-CHI

University Hospitals of Leicester
Paediatric Services
Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum

We are actively promoting flexible working options, helping you to manage a work / life balance”.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) is looking for highly motivated and skilled Physician Associates (PAs) to join our team. We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country, serving the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as well as providing highly specialist services to the population of our neighbouring counties and beyond.

UHL has 7 physician associates currently working across a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Therefore, as part of the UHL team, you will have access to PA mentors and be working in an environment that is committed to the development of the physician associate role and extremely supportive of PAs and their wellbeing.

East Midland’s Congenital Heart Centre has now moved from the Glenfield Hospital site to the Kensington Building at the LRI, which will become the site of the Children’s Hospital planned for in the next five years. We work closely with our partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our primary purpose is to provide ‘Caring at its Best’ and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what

we’re here to do. This means:

  • We focus on what matters most
  • We treat others how we would like to be treated
  • We are passionate and creative in our work
  • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that ‘Caring at its Best’ is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience. That’s why we’re proud to be part of the NHS and we’re proud to be Leicester’s Hospitals.

The post holders will have graduated from an accredited Physician Associate (Assistant) training programme, certified by the Faculty of Physician Associates. They will work under the direction of the Children’s Hospital Consultants and specialty trainees, working collaboratively with other members of the clinical team within the Trust’s policies and clinical guidelines. The job will involve inpatient work within relevant wards and clinical areas. Please note that initially the role will be predominantly day time hours and week-days, although this may be extended to cover evenings until 10pm. As the role develops and extends to include such activities as prescribing, the role is likely to become integrated with the Children's Acute Team (CAT) and therefore post-holders will be expected to work nights and weekends as part of the CAT team in the future. This will be a contractual requirement for all new Post-holders moving forward.

As the role is relatively new to the Children’s Hospital, the operational arrangements for the role are still being formalised, but it is envisaged that post-holders will be allocated to a specific ward area and will rotate between areas after a period of time. Post-holders will also be rostered to cover evenings with the CAT team on a rotational basis. This will help newly qualified PA’s develop their acute skills moving forward. This will provide flexibility for the service, along with development and variety for the post-holders. In the future there may be opportunities for PA’s to specialise in specific areas, but this will be considered in line with national developments in the progression and evolution of the role.

The University Hospitals of Leicester is one of the largest and busiest teaching trusts in England employing over 14,000 members of staff, providing services to nearly a million people across Leicestershire and Rutland. The Children’s Hospital provides secondary care to the local population along with specialist tertiary services in a number of specialties including;

  • Paediatric General Surgery/Urology and Neo-natal surgery
  • Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
  • Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Paediatric Metabolic Disorders (working in partnership with Sheffield Children’s Hospital)
  • Paediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Paediatric Neurology
  • Paediatric Rheumatology
  • Paediatric Infectious Disease
  • Paediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy
  • Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
  • Paediatric Oncology and Haematology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Paediatric Nephrology
  • Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric Intensive care and ECMO services

These posts will allow successful candidates to develop their clinical skills and experience in a hospital with a track record of innovative service delivery, excellence in training and clinical research.

All of our Children's wards have undergone extensive refurbishment over the last three years and in 2017 we opened a brand new Paediatric Emergency Department. In 2018 we then opened a 12 bedded Children’s Short Stay Unit which is an integral part of the new department. This provides a single point of entry for all Paediatric Emergencies and unscheduled care.

About Leicester

Located at the heart of the UK, Leicester is perfectly placed as a base for exploring the surrounding countryside and beyond. With a strong

transport infrastructure, the road, rail and air links mean that you are never far from other destinations in the UK or abroad. However, Leicester

has everything you want so you may never want to leave! Famous for its diversity, Leicester has an amazing array of restaurants, shopping,

cultural celebrations as well as a vibrant arts and music scene to keep you entertai

Vacancies will close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Applications are transferred to TRAC, by completing an application you authorise the transfer of your data. Emails regarding applications will be sent via TRAC.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if indicated you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible. Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS)

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COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Due to Covid 19 we have introduced a staff risk assessment into our pre-employment process.

This is intended to ensure you are able to safely perform your duties in any of our work areas, and if you have been identified as being vulnerable to coronavirus. Our main aim is to reduce risk and to ensure the safety of all new starters as well as current staff, patients and visitors.

If it is identified that you are within a vulnerable category, we will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate this.

Tier 2 Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-UK candidates may not be appointed if the Trust is unable to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements or there is a appointable applicant who already holds the right to work in the UK.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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