Paramedic

St. Lukes Primary Care Centre

Job description
Blue PCN is a Primary Care Network of six Northampton based general practices. We have a patient population in excess of 62,000.

We are a supportive team and are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join us in providing excellent care for our patients.

Paramedics work autonomously within the community using their enhanced clinical assessment and treatment skills, to provide first point of contact for patients presenting with undifferentiated, undiagnosed problems relating to minor illness or injury, abdominal pains, chest pains and headaches. They are health professionals who have the capability to make sound judgements in the absence of full information and to manage varying degrees of risk when there are complex, competing or ambiguous information or uncertainty.

Key duties and responsibilities
1. Assess and triage patients, including same day triage, and as appropriate provide definitive treatment or make necessary referrals to other members of the PCN team
2. Advise patients on general healthcare and promote self-management where appropriate, including signposting patients to other community or voluntary services.
3. Be able to:
  a. Perform specialist health checks and reviews
  b. Perform and interpret ECGs; alongside other results as appropriate
  c. Perform investigatory procedures as required
  d. Undertake the collection of pathological specimens including intravenous blood samples, swabs, etc.
  e. Perform investigatory procedures needed by patients and those requested by GPs and the wider PCN
4. Support the delivery of anticipatory care plans and lead certain community services (e.g. monitoring blood pressure and diabetes risk of elderly patients living in sheltered housing)
5. Provide an alternative model to urgent and same day home visits for the PCN and undertake clinical audits
6. Communicate at all levels across PCNs and other organizations, ensuring effective, patient-centred service
7. Communicate proactively and effectively with all colleagues across the multi-disciplinary team, attending and contributing to meetings as required
8. Collaborate with other members of the PCN including doctors, nurses and other AHPs, accepting referrals and referring to them for specialist care
9. Maintain accurate and contemporaneous health records appropriate to the consultation, ensuring accurate completion of all necessary documentation associated with patient health care and registration with the practice
10. Prescribe, issue and review medications as appropriate following policy, patient group directives, NICE (national) and local clinical guidelines and local care pathways. This will be done in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within scope of practice
11. Work with patients in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments
12. Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication on medication regimens, side-effects and interactions
13. Assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions and care for patients presenting with an undifferentiated diagnosis, and patients with complex needs
14. Clinically examine and assess patient needs from a physiological and psychological perspective, and plan clinical care accordingly
15. Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care
16. Diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions, integrating both drug- and non-drug-based treatment methods into a management plan
17. Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote healthy lifestyles, and apply principles of self-care

Quality Requirements
18. Enhance own performance through continuous professional development, keep up to date with current evidence-based practice, and impart own knowledge and skills to PCN colleagues to meet the needs of the service
19. Be verified against the paramedic primary care roadmap
20. Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the HCPC and College of Paramedics
21. Assess effectiveness of care delivery through self and peer review, benchmarking and formal evaluation
22. Participate in research and utilise the audit cycle as a means of evaluating the quality of the work of self and the team, implementing improvements where required
23. In partnership with other clinical teams, collaborate on improving the quality of health care responding to local and national policies and initiatives as appropriate

Administrative requirements
24. Produce accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultation, consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
25. Be aware of data protection (GDPR) and confidentiality issues particularly within a PCN
26. Use technology and appropriate software as an aid to management in planning, implementation and monitoring of care, presenting and communicating information
27. Review and process data using accurate read codes in order to ensure easy and accurate information retrieval for monitoring and audit processes.

Supervision
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.

Job details

Pay

Up to £43k per annum depending on experience.

Job type
Part-time
Permanent

Schedule
Monday to Friday

Benefits
Flexible schedule
On-site parking
Company pension
Sick pay
Store discounts

If you would like to express your interest in joining the team, please submit a copy of your CV and covering letter to sabrina.dunk@nhs.net