Personal Assistant Palliative Care

Application ends: March 31, 2023
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Job Description

Taunton, England

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and skilled PA to join our Specialist Palliative Care Team. This is a full time role, Monday-Friday and will be based at Musgrove Park Hospital.

The successful applicant will provide comprehensive administrative and secretarial support to the team of Specialist Palliative Care Nurses, Consultants and Multidisciplinary Teams in order to ensure optimisation of this service

We look forward to hearing from motivated individuals keen to join our dedicated Specialist Palliative Care Team.

The successful candidate will support the Palliative Care Nursing Team with the day to day administration. They will be the first point of contact for the service, communicating to the team updated information relating to patient referrals, admissions and discharges. They will be required to co-ordinate and support departmental meetings, MDT, and training and educational events

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and compassionate individual who can demonstrate excellent communication skills and an ability to use their own initiative and work without immediate supervision.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust: endeavours to provide development opportunities for those looking to develop a career in the NHS, in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

Through our training programmes, individuals can earn a salary, develop their skills, and achieve a nationally recognised qualification, all whilst contributing towards delivering excellent patient care.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:

  • Multicultural Network
  • Women’s Network
  • Armed Forces’ Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

The strength of our Trust,is in its amazing staff, a great place to work, a great place to develop your career and a great place to reach your potential.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

As part of this role you will;

  • Be a main point of contact for the specialty, having full knowledge of specialty processes, or know where to resource help or to find answers
  • Provide effective communication between Clinicians, General Practitioners, multidisciplinary teams, patients, managers and all necessary internal & external contacts to achieve an excellent and smooth patient pathway.
  • Ensure the team’s White Board is up to date with information relating to new referrals, discharges and deaths.
  • Manage the “alert flag” system on MAXIMS or future software to ensure readmissions are communicated to the team.
  • Update oncology attendance calendar for Beacon Day Unit and Radiotherapy attendances.
  • Ensure patient hand-over sheet is updated on a daily basis.
  • Organise departmental meetings, including preparing necessary paperwork, attending meetings and taking the Minutes for acute and community teams.
  • Organise educational programmes, clinical induction days or community weeks. Maintain teaching attendance records
  • Arrange, record and inform all relevant Departments of clinical team annual, study, professional leave ensuring cover arrangements are in place or sessions are cancelled
  • Assist clinical staff with audit, research etc, providing information from databases or medical records
  • Be responsible for overseeing Integra orders/value/stock control
  • Create and maintain specialised databases for acute and community teams (Involves: setting up, updating and retrieval of statistics) e.g. recording demand, caseload statistics, attendance. Providing data as required
  • Support MDTs – preparing MDT list, attending the MDTs, maintaining attendance records and recording MDT outcomes on EPRO.
  • Transcribe clinical correspondence and distribute documents to the specified addressees.
  • Record data from internal and external sources on the End of Life Care dashboard.

Please refer to the attached job description for further details.