GP – Wirral, Merseyside


Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Wirral, Merseyside


Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust's common purpose:

We will support you and your community to live well.

Our values:

Supportive and caring, listening to others.

Communicating openly, honestly and sharing ideas.

Trusted to deliver, feeling valued and safe.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust provides high quality community health and care services which are responsive to the needs of our local population. Services are delivered by our dedicated and innovative multi disciplinary professionals and supported by equally committed staff behind the scenes. We strive to continue developing and improving our services by working with and listening to our populations, partners, commissioners and staff.

WCHC offers you a great opportunity to be a part of a talented, passionate and committed team delivering excellent community based services across Cheshire and Merseyside.

We are proud to support our Armed Forces Community as a Veteran Aware NHS Trust and are pleased to share that we recently achieved Bronze Award accreditation, in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  We support the armed forces as an employer; recognising the experiences and skills ex-military personnel have gained through their service.

Job overview

Opportunities have arisen for GP posts within Wirral Community Trusts GP out of hours service .

There are a variety of flexible shifts are available for our GP led service which provides primary care consultations, assessment and treatment on the phone or face to face. The face to face consultations may be at the centre or on a home visit to the patients home or temporary residence


Main duties of the job

  • Provide comprehensive and competent assessment, advice and treatment for primary care problems following relevant guidance where appropriate
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of all consultations
  • Make appropriate referrals to secondary care or other agencies when appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively and supportively with other health care professionals.
  • Advise patients of the scope and limitations of the service and direct them to other services where appropriate.
  • Prescribe according to national and local evidence based guidelines.
  • Maintain appropriate professional standards as defined nationally by General Medical Council and with relevant locally agreed standards

Working for our organisation

At Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust our priority is to provide safe, high quality care to our communities every day; the kind of care we would want for ourselves and our loved ones. We strive to be the best place to work with the right staff, in the right roles, at the right time, to ensure we deliver exceptional patient care.

Located in Wirral in North West England, we provide primary, community and social care services to the population of Wirral, Cheshire East, St Helens & Knowsley. We play a key role in the local health and social care economy as a high-performing organisation with an excellent clinical reputation.

Our expert teams provide a diverse range of community health care services, seeing and treating people right through their lives both at home and close to home. Our vision recognises the important role we play in delivering integrated care with partners in the local health economy. Our hard working staff support us to embed an open, just and compassionate culture and in turn we support them by providing an inclusive workplace with health and well-being initiatives, staff benefits and opportunities for personal and professional development.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As above, also to include:

  • Maintain skills and knowledge relevant to primary care in these settings.
  • Attend appropriate educational events to maintain or develop skills essential to working in these services.
  • Review and amend CPD needs according to experience, clinical incidents, difficult cases etc
  • Maintain adherence to GP appraisal and revalidation
  • Include PCD work in PDP
  • Ensure knowledge of, and compliance with, appropriate policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Ensure that an appropriate balance is struck between commitment to these services and other professional commitments so that good clinical standards are maintained.
  • Participate in significant event analysis, audit, or other meetings as appropriate, such as GPOOH forums.
  • Be aware of and adhere to GMC guidance at all times
  • PCD services operate on National Holidays. Therefore, GPs may be required to work some Bank Holidays.
  • As much notice, as possible, usually a week, should be provided should any GP need to cancel a shift
  • If the service becomes stretched for whatever reason (e.g., a flu epidemic) GPs may be requested to cover extra hours

Please refer to the full job description and person specification for further details.

Person specification

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of clinical assessment in urgent Primary Care settings
  • Interpretation of laboratory results relevant to Primary care
  • Current skills and knowledge relevant to Primary Care in the OOH setting
  • Experience of managing complex cases independently

Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of participation in relevant clinical audit/evaluation

Qualifications & Professional Training

Essential criteria
  • Current Registration with General Medical Council
  • Recognised General Practitioner Qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Performers list inclusion

Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent patient care
  • Ability to identify problems and refer patients to the appropriate agency
  • Ability to adhere to policies and procedures
  • Effective team member

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Shows initiative, reliability and insight
  • Willing to work flexibly should the need arise in the service
  • Commitment to the service

Important Information

By applying for this post you are agreeing to Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record system.

For further information explaining how we use your information in line with GDPR please see our ‘Guidance for applicants’ document under the section 'Additional documentation'.

We are a Disability Confident and Mindful Employer. WCHC is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of disability, age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, marriage/civil partnership or transgender status. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities. We actively encourage BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled applicants and value the positive impact that difference has on our teams. We are committed to equality and diversity within our workforce and are keen to support reasonable adjustments to support our new and existing staff.

We are proud to support our Armed Forces Community as a Veteran Aware NHS Trust and are pleased to share that we recently achieved Bronze Award accreditation, in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  We support the armed forces as an employer; recognising the experiences and skills ex-military personnel have gained through their service.

Further Information:

Closing Dates:  Candidates are advised to apply early. The Trust reserves the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received.

Reference Information:  Please ensure your application is submitted with referees who can verify your employment/ education history over the last three years and include valid business email addresses for them. The Trust will not accept personal references from friends or family.

Salary Expectations:  The Trust pays staff in line with national NHS Terms and Conditions. Relevant experience may be considered when salary offers are made.

Restricted Applications:  Staff on the Trust's Redeployment Register will be given priority access to vacancies at their substantive band. 

Flexible Working: Flexible working is very important to the Trust in both the provision of this to staff and also in staff supporting the provision of our services.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to discharging its statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults and will support staff to fulfil this duty.

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