Primary Care Network

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Primary Care Physician Associate Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen in Chippenham, Corsham and Box Primary Care Network for a newly qualified or experienced Physician Associate (PA). We are looking for a full time PA who will join our growing team working across our network of 5 GP surgeries.

Under supervision of GPs across the PCN and following approved protocols as appropriate, you will provide patient care and demonstrate safe assessment and clinical decision-making.  You will work collaboratively with the healthcare team to meet the needs of the patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures and providing holistic patient care.

This is an innovative and developing post which will require flexible working across our PCN.  You will be expected to undertake your own consultations and appointments may include face to face, telephone, video and online formats. Your day to day clinical supervision will be provided by our experienced in-house GPs within each Practice.

This is a full time, permanent position located across the Chippenham, Corsham and Box area.

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see the NHS Careers website.

Click here for full details including Job Description and Person Specification.

If you are interested in this position or wish to arrange an informal visit please send your CV and covering letter to kim.hiles@nhs.net by 28 September 2021.

Chippenham, Corsham and Box PCN

There have been huge changes in primary care and increasingly the best person for you to see may not be your GP but a specialist such as a physiotherapist or mental health practitioner. A primary care network or PCN consists of groups of general practices working together with a range of local providers, including across primary care, community services, social care and the voluntary sector, to offer more personalised, coordinated health and social care to their local populations.

Lodge Surgery has joined together with Rowden, Hathaway, Porch and Box Surgeries to form the Chippenham, Corsham and Box Primary Care Network (CCB PCN) and we are finding new ways to work more closely together. We have not merged with these practices and patients continue to be registered with us at Lodge.

The PCN aims:

  • to focus services around local communities,
  • to help rebuild and reconnect the primary healthcare team across the area,
  • alleviate workload,
  • to be practice-led, as ensured by LMCs (local medical committees) and CCGs (clinical commissioning groups) and
  • to allow GPs and primary care practitioners to deliver a new model of care for their patients and communities.

Examples include receiving same-day access to a physiotherapist working in another practice across our network and being seen in our “Hot Hub” where we are reviewing any suspected coronavirus patients in a separate, clean and safe environment. 

Shared Administration

To enable the practices in the PCN to work more closely together, we need to improve the way that we access our patients’ notes. In September 2020, we adopted a process called “Shared Administration.”

This means that clinicians and those administrative staff, who have been granted permission, will be able to access the notes of all of our patients in all of the five practices across our PCN. This will allow us to provide improved care to patients.

Examples include our “Hot Hub” where we are reviewing any suspected coronavirus patients in a separate, clean and safe environment away from the other 5 practices to ensure everyone’s safety. Patients can also benefit from same-day access to a physiotherapist working in another practice across our network.

 

Worried about your data?

How secure is my data and who can access it?

We want to reassure you that all of the GP practices in our PCN have very strict rules about how and when our patients’ notes can be accessed and that your ongoing privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If you still have concerns or questions that have not been answered on here please contact the surgery and we will do our best to help you.

Can I opt out of this?

It is possible for you to opt out of this new way of sharing access to your medical notes, but this may restrict the ways that we are able to provide care for you. If you do wish to opt out please contact the surgery on 01249 479809 or email us at enquiries.lodgesurgery@nhs.net and we will update your records.