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Physician Associate Preceptorship

Band 6 progressing to Band 7

Main area
Emergency Medicine
Band 6 progressing to Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southport & Ormskirk
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59

Working for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust offers all the benefits of coast and country living with the convenience of big city life.

We have miles of unspoilt coastline on our doorstep, attractive commuter towns, picturesque villages and stunning countryside all within easy reach. Excellent transport links mean the vibrant, historic city of Liverpool is only a short journey away. Shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, a World Heritage listed waterfront and, of course, two Premiership football teams makes this a destination for travellers from across the world.

The University of Liverpool has awarded us the status of University Clinical Education Centre in recognition of the high standard of training provided for students on placement to the Trust.

We pride ourselves in providing safe, clean and friendly care, and recruit to our SCOPE values. We also offer a range of family friendly options to staff.

Please note that all successful applicants to non-medical positions will be subject to a six-month probationary period.


Job overview

Physicians Associate Preceptorship


Full Time

Band 6 progressing to Band 7

We are pleased to offer newly graduated Physician Associates a two year training preceptorships in Southport and Formby. This preceptorship is a combined primary and secondary care posting with four 6 month placements: Emergency Medicine, General Practice, Ambulatory Care, Elderly Medicine and Enhanced Health in Care Homes.

These posts are designed to allow you to gain wide clinical experience in supportive specialties so that you emerge confident and ready to follow your future chosen career path. You will have weekly training opportunities and protected time to follow your own learning needs. Our area is a tourist destination with a vibrant seaside appeal close to Liverpool and Manchester.

Please apply to explore the possibilities ahead for you.

Main duties of the job

We want you to see patients within experienced teams that encourage you to gain confidence, to be respected for your qualification and grow into accomplished rounded clinicians ready to choose your future career path. 

Successful candidates will undergo an induction programme and be supported and mentored in the development of their clinical practice. They will be allocated a consultant educational supervisor to support them to develop a professional portfolio and will be offered CPD, study leave support, and teaching time. In addition to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, they will have the opportunity to become involved in audit/research and teaching.





Working for our organisation

Joining the current Physician Associates in the trust, the successful applicants will help develop these roles within our organisation.

Following satisfactory completion of the Physician Associate intern year and acquisition of the required competencies, there will be opportunities for progression to band 7 post to develop more specialist skills. Please express your specialty preference(s) on your application form. Interviews will be arranged for the new year.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital is an enthusiastic adopter of the Physician Associate role and this post will join our existing 7 postholders. This will be our fourth cohort of qualified Physician Associates in the Emergency Department to work alongside our teams of consultants, junior doctors, nursing staff and therapists. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see job description for further details

Advertising Date - 1st October 

Closing Date - 15th October

Shortlisting Date; w/c 16th October

Interview Date - TBC

This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (with barred list for Adults and Children’s disclosure).

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Member of Faculty of Physician Associates which includes registration with the UK Managed Voluntary Registry
  • Relevant first BA/BSC degree prior to undertaking PA programme
  • Post graduate Diploma in Physician Associate studies from UK training programme or equivalent
  • Current certification of Physician Associate National Exam or National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • Evidence of relevant ongoing personal and professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Additional clinical qualification and registration – Nurse, radiographers etc. that would allow study for Non-Medical Prescribing

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of managing complex workloads and prioritisation
  • Knowledge of clinical procedures and medical terminology
  • Knowledge to undertake a structured clinical assessment
  • High degree of understanding of confidentiality
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a clinical environment prior to undertaking PA training
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Teaching and education experience

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Clear written and oral communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Good IT skills – to use Microsoft office and clinical systems including EPR
  • Strong and positive role model Ability to manage and lead teams
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a high degree of tact
  • Ability to pioneer a new role and resilience to be part of the development of these new roles within the Trust for positive service change
  • Commitment to excellence in patient care
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

David Snow
Job title
Associate Medical Director
Email address
Telephone number
01704 704123
Additional information

For further details / informal visits contact:

David Snow,  Associate Medical Director dsnow@nhs.net  , 01704 704123