We are keen to get expressions of interest from practices looking to train a member of their team up to take on medical assistant duties, a new and enhanced role designed to reduce the administrative burden on clinicians in practice.
The team member would need a GP and practice manager to work closely with them and stay in contact with us with monthly updates on progress and an end of pilot evaluation (approximate 12 months duration).
The practice would be responsible for the ongoing employment costs during and past the pilot stage.
Nottinghamshire LMC is working with the workforce arm of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and has earmarked funds to support the early training of staff using a competency framework to relieve the pressure on the practice involved with upskilling staff members.
Similar pilots have seen staff trained to undertake tasks such as:
- Sorting all clinical post and prioritising
- Extracting all information from clinical letters that needs coding
- Dealing with all routine clinical post directly e.g. DNA letters, 2WW etc.
- Arranging appointments, referrals and follow up appointments of patients
- Preparing patients prior to going in to see the GP, taking a brief history and basic readings in readiness for the GP appointment.
- Dipping urine, taking blood pressure, ECGs & phlebotomy
- Completing basic (non-opinion) forms for the GP to approve and sign such as insurance forms, mortgage forms e.g. ESA113 etc
- Explaining treatment procedures to patients including arranging follow up appointments
Helping the GP liaise with outside agencies i.e. getting an on-call doctor on the phone to ask advice or arrange admission while the GP can continue with their consultation(s)
- Support the GP with immunisations/wound care
Ideally, we would like to pilot this as an approach and evaluate it with a geographical spread with one practice to be invited into the pilot per CCG area covered by the STP (Mansfield & Ashfield, Newark & Sherwood, Nottingham City, Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West and Rushcliffe.)
If there are insufficient expressions of interest by the deadline, we will consider other applicants in the same area.
An overview of how medical assistants have been working in similar pilot schemes can be viewed in the video below
The deadline for expressions of interest is close of play Friday 15th December, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org