Associate Specialist

  • Job Reference: 00054922-1
  • Date Posted: 12 January 2022
  • Recruiter: CV-Library
  • Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Salary: £100,000 to £120,000
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

If you are seeking an opportunity to develop your career where you can work alongside and under the supervision of our talented Consultants, then look no further!

This is an opportunity to join an experienced and forward-thinking Dermatology Service. This service is provided by Virgin Care and run by Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, delivering a full range of services including inpatients and outpatient clinics: General dermatology, skin cancer and TWW clinics, complex minor ops, patch testing, phototherapy and Iontophoresis.

We have a great department of talented and passionate individuals who you will work closely with, making an invaluable contribution to the service. Our team is made up of Consultants, Associate Specialists, GPwER in dermatology, Specialist Nurses and Healthcare Assistants.

We invest in YOU, promote collaborative teamwork, and provide training, resources, and first-class support so that you can achieve your full potential. We have opportunities to gain exposure and extensive clinical experience in Dermatology. If you have a special interest in developing your skillset within Paediatric Dermatology, Patch Testing, or Minor Ops, we encourage you to apply or contact (url removed) to arrange to discuss the post further.

Package DescriptionYou will feel valued as an Associate Specialist with Virgin Care, receiving access to exclusive rewards and benefits including: 

Competitive salary – Including NHS pension
Flexible working to provide you with that true work / life balance
Access to our Strive for Better networks, a national support and professional network made up of NHS professionals like you, giving you the chance to constantly develop industry-leading care and quality
Access to Virgin Tribe -our staff benefits scheme which grants you access to premier offers and discount off all Virgin products including flights, holidays, gyms and media, along with regular competitions and giveaways
Access to our free well-being service available 24/7/365 online and by telephone including; counsellors, post trauma incident support, legal, debt and practical life management helpline, guided self-help, telephonic career coaching and monthly well-being newsletters
We are pleased to offer access to Wagestream - which lets you track your pay throughout the month and stream your earned wages into your bank account if you need them. No more high-interest loans or overdraft fees - simply get paid as you go.
A committed Learning and Development team who work closely with Universities and Health Education England to further your potential and support your progression
Access to a range of courses and e-learning to develop further skills, bespoke career pathways and opportunities continuing your professional development
Innovative forward-thinking culture with the opportunity to put forward your ideas to contribute to the way we work. You will be encouraged to apply for national funding to drive your initiatives locally to benefit our patients and service users
Rewarding and supportive teams, you will be recognised and have opportunities to recognise others by nominating for local and national awards annually and taking part in our new virtual “Ask our Executives” event, where you can submit questions to the board and hear updates regularly on company strategy and objectives
Working in an environment focused on the highest clinical and quality standards with 100% of our services being rated overall good or outstanding by the Care Quality CommissionMain ResponsibilitiesAs an Associate Specialist your days will be fulfilling and varied, key responsibilities will include dermatological diagnostic and surgical procedures as well as autonomous prescribing for patients. 

Within this role, you will: 

Undertake new and follow up consultations including a full assessment of the medical condition, the patient’s concerns and expectations. The post holder will enter full details of history, examination findings, diagnosis and treatment plan in the case record.
Follow care pathways for the common skin problems as recommend by national guidance
Prescribe treatment only for the presenting complaint and in accordance with the dermatology formulary and prescribing restrictions
Ensure that patient or carers are informed fully about the condition, answer any questions, supply written information if available and involve them in decisions about the treatment
Dictate a letter to the patient’s GP at the time of the consultation for every patient and arrange to review the letters and amend as necessary to an appropriate timescale.
Undertake dermatological surgical procedures only with evidence of appropriate training.
Participate in Audit and evaluation
Undergo annual appraisal and participate in clinical governance meetings
Report incidents and complaints and cooperate with investigations
Undertake all required Postgraduate training and development to maintain skillsWithin the role you will have the option to join your clinical speciality, networking with professionals from across the country. We get together regularly, auditing and sharing standard methodology for innovation and service re-design. You’ll be a part of the pool of subject matter experts bringing together clinical and operational leads and you will be a part of quality improvements, research and development activity.

The Ideal CandidateApplicants must possess MRCP or equivalent, be fully registered with the GMC and hold a licence to practice. You may be working towards your CESR, which you will be fully supported in achieving.

You will need to be able demonstrate a high level of clinical experience and competence in the management of all aspects of Dermatological conditions.

You will also need to be confident using IT systems and be able to demonstrate working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel.

About The CompanyFrom 11 November 21, as a result of new legislation, anyone over the age of 18 who enters a Care Home as part of their job must have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination or hold a valid medical exemption.

As part of our pre-employment process we will therefore ask you to provide:

* proof of your vaccination status via the NHS Covid Pass (either electronically or via the PDF)

* A signed copy of the temporary medical exemption form

Further details about the legislation can be found on the government website

Virgin Care partner with the NHS and local authorities, providing high quality care for more than 1 million people each year up and down the country. We are an ambitious, forward thinking and passionate company who strive to make a real difference to people and our colleagues. We re-invest all of the money we earn to improve the experience, deliver ambitious transformations and empower all of our colleagues to make the changes, no matter how big or small, that make a real difference. 

We’re committed to equal opportunities and welcome a broad diversity of talent to apply. We reserve the right to cease any advertising prior to the published closing date for a role that receives a high number of applications. 

As a Disability Confident Committed company, we work in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide facilities, work environment adjustments and technical solutions to make our business an inclusive place for all. 

Virgin Care is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children, young people and vulnerable adults that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our services.

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