GP Assistant isa new role and provides a unique opportunity to work in NHS primary care teamand implement a fulfilling role providing care for the local population along ateam of GPs and other clinical and non-clinical members. A GPA will support theGP(s) smooth running of clinics by performing the more routine administrationand clinical tasks on behalf of the GP freeing up their time to focus on thepatient. You can find below a detailed list of your expected duties.
You will beable to take part on a free University level structured training program for6-9 months to help you acquire the skills for the job. You will haveeducational and clinical supervision by the primary care team. At the end ofthe program, you will receive 10 credits at Level 4 (equivalent of first yearUniversity course).
If you areexcited about providing support and care, flexible in order to work in amultidisciplinary team and keen to develop in a structured and supportiveenvironment please do apply for this unique new role.
Main duties of the job
Sorting all clinical post and prioritising forthe GP in terms of actions. Signposting some post to others such as clinicalpharmacist etc.
Extracting all information from clinical lettersthat needs coding and adding to notes
Arranging appointments, referrals, tests andfollow up appointments of patients
Preparing patients prior to going in to see theGP, taking a brief history and basic readings in readiness for the GPappointment.
Dipping urine, taking blood pressure, ECGs &phlebotomy
Completing basic (non-opinion) forms and coreelements of some forms for the GP to approve and sign such as insurance forms,mortgage, benefits agency forms etc
Explaining treatment procedures to patients
Helping the GP liaise with outside agencies e.g.getting an on call doctor on the phone to ask advice or arrange admission whilethe GP can continue with their consultation(s)
Taking responsibility for own development,learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others whoare undertaking similar work
Attend all relevant annual updates
Inform the lead GP of any concerns regarding GPArole and any professional development needed
Be aware of own professional boundaries and whatto do when you have reached them
The local population in Tower Hamlets has high and complex health needs complicated by a high level of patientturnover and significant numbers of patients who do not have English as theirfirst language.
GP Practices in Tower Hamlets tend to be the first point of contact fornot only health services, but also formany welfare services.
The Primary Care Network model begun in Tower Hamlets in 2008 through thePrimary Care Resource project. Key components of theproject included:
- The creation of local federated Networks of primary care practices across the eight LAPs (Local Area Partnerships)
- Development and delivery of care packages for key Long-Term conditions e.g., Diabetes and health promotion e.g. smoking cessation.
- The realignment and integration of Community Health and Social Care services, to deliver care on a Network model.
- To ensure the promotion of healthy lifestyles is embedded into all care pathways, supporting Tower Hamlets residents to make healthy lifestyle choices and ensure access to appropriate statutory and voluntary services
The Network was originally formed in June 2009 and comprises fourpractices: Albion Health Centre, Blithehale Medical Centre, Health E1 HomelessMedical Centre and The Spitalfields Practice. These practices are situated in the LAP 2 (Local AreaPartnership) area of Tower Hamlets. The Network was legally constituted in 2012and became known as the East End Health Network Co Ltd (eehn.co.uk)
An EEHN GP Assistantwill support the GP(s) smooth running of clinics by performing the more routineadministration and clinical tasks on behalf of the GP freeing up their time tofocus on the patient.
See EEHN GPA Job Description PDF for further details.
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .
From 6 April 2017, 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. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .