Barts Health NHS Trust is one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers and the largest trust in the NHS. It was created on 1 April 2012 by bringing together three trusts: Barts and The London NHS Trust, Newham University Hospital NHS Trust and Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust. The new trust has a turnover of approximately £1.1 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
Together our hospitals – Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, St Bartholomew’s (Barts) in the City, The Royal London in Whitechapel, The London Chest in Bethnal Green and Whipps Cross in Leytonstone – deliver high quality clinical care to the people of east London and further afield.
The hospitals offer a full portfolio of services that serve the needs of the local community, and are home to some of Britain’s leading specialist centres including cancer, cardiac, trauma and emergency care. Barts Health also has one of the UK’s busiest children’s hospitals and internationally renowned surgical facilities.
Our vision is to create a world-class health organisation that builds on strong relations with our partners and the communities we serve – one dedicated to ending the historic health inequalities in east London. We will build an international reputation for excellence in patient care, research and education. And as members of UCLPartners, the largest academic health sciences system in the world, we will ensure that our patients are some of the first in the country to benefit from the latest drugs and treatments.
We are looking for the best talent to lead our ambitious new healthcare organisation. In return, the Barts Health will provide unsurpassed professional development opportunities, enabling investment in a range of new initiatives that would mean:
• doctors and nurses in training will be able to gain experience in different hospitals along the whole patient pathway;
• there would be greater opportunity for career progression – we could retain good staff who might otherwise leave to gain promotion;
• becoming world-class will enable us to recruit some of the best doctors and researchers in the world – who can share their knowledge and experience;
• joining forces with other partners in an Academic Health Science System will mean that staff would be better able to secure funds and pool their talents to develop new technology, techniques and treatments.
Job title: Medical Typist
Clinical academic group: Surgery
Board/corporate function: Ear, Nose and Throat Services
Salary band: Band 3
Responsible to: Service Delivery Manager
Accountable to: Service Manager
Hours per week: State total hours a week the role requires
Location: Whipps Cross Hospital
Manages: Direct reports: None
Indirect reports: None
Aim of the role
The main purpose of this role is to provide audio and copy typing support to the Ear, Nose and Throat services at the hospitals. This is a core function of the service, ensuring that records are up to date, so that clinical decisions are properly informed and key stakeholders relating to the patient pathway, including referrers, clinicians and managers, have access to the relevant information. Medical typists will be expected to work using their own initiative, knowledge, skills and experience to manage and prioritise their workload in accordance with operational standards and protocols.
Key working relationships
Consultants, junior doctors, patient pathway co-ordinators, nurse practitioners, patients, relatives, schedulers, receptionists, other administrators, medical records, ICT, and management.
Key result areas
• Turnaround of clinic letters within best practice guidelines
• Accurately typed and informative letters
• Maintenance of an accurate and up to date patient record
• Clear and speedy communication with key stakeholders
Main duties and responsibilities
• Type clinic letters, correspondence, reports etc. from digital dictation for the consultant and other dental and medical staff for all specialties within the service
• Manage own work ensuring all clinic letters are typed in chronological order
• Ensure e-signed correspondence is checked and dispatched daily
• Ensure correspondence is filed before notes are returned to medical records or to the relevant specialties
• Ensure notes retained in the office are tracked on the patient administration system and returned to medical records within operational timeframes
• Develop and maintain a full and comprehensive knowledge of relevant medical and drug terminology, across all specialties in Ear, Nose and Throat.
• Maintain efficient records so that senior management are informed of the number of dictated requests requiring action
• Answer departmental phone calls where required, both internal and external, assessing nature of enquiry and dealing with as appropriate, escalating where required
• To undertake any other duties, required by the service delivery manager, appropriate to the grade and relevant to the post, covering for colleagues when on annual/sick leave
Service Delivery Responsibilities
• Adhere to all applicable safe systems of work
• Ensure awareness, understanding and compliance with national and local NHS guidelines and policies relevant to the role
• Comply with all relevant Trust policies and procedures
• Maintain confidentiality at all times
• Display a tolerant, understanding and empathetic manner to deal with anxious, distressed and sometimes angry patients and doctors
• Communicate effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
• Present at all times a professional approach in terms of conduct, appearance and punctuality
• Take every reasonable opportunity to maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence, supported by the line manager
• Undergo an annual appraisal and agree to a continuing personal development plan
The job description is not intended to be exhaustive and it is likely that duties may be altered from time to time in the light of changing circumstances and after consultation with the post-holder.
The post holder might be required to work across the Trust at any time throughout the duration of his/her contract, which may entail travel and working at different hospital.
Effort, skills and working conditions
Physical effort Sitting
Lifting case notes as per manual handling guidelines
High level of keyboard work
Mental effort High level of keyboard work, checking documents
Busy office environment subject to interruptions
Emotional effort Highly confidential documents
Working conditions Frequent use of VDU
Moving and handling casenotes
Performance management and appraisal
All staff are expected to participate in individual performance management process and reviews.
Personal development and training
Barts Health NHS Trust actively encourage development within the workforce and employees are required to comply with trust mandatory training.
Barts Health’s education academy aims to support high quality training to NHS staff through various services. The trust is committed to offering learning and development opportunities for all full-time and part-time employees.
No matter where you start within the NHS, you will have access to extra training and be given every chance to progress within the organisation. You will receive an annual personal review and development plan to support your career progression and you will be encouraged to develop your skills and experience.
Health and safety at work
The postholder has a duty of care and personal obligation to act to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). They must attend mandatory training in infection prevention and control (IP&C) and be compliant with all measures required by the trust to reduce HCAIs. All post holders must comply with trust infection screening and immunisation policies as well as be familiar with the trust’s IP&C policies, including those that apply to their duties, such as hand decontamination, personal protective equipment, aseptic techniques and safe disposal of sharps.
All staff must challenge noncompliance with infection, prevention and control policies immediately and feedback through the appropriate line managers if required.
Confidentiality and data protection
All employees are expected to comply with all trust policies and procedures related to confidentiality and data protection and to work in accordance of the Data Protection Act 1998. For those posts where there is management or supervision of other staff it is the responsibility of that employee to ensure that their staff receive appropriate training (e.g. HISS induction, organising refresher sessions for staff when necessary).
Conflict of interest
The trust is responsible for ensuring that the service provided for patients in its care meets the highest standard. Equally it is responsible for ensuring that staff do not abuse their official position for personal gain or to benefit their family or friends. The trust’s standing orders require any officer to declare any interest, direct or indirect with contracts involving the trust. Staff are not allowed to further their private interests in the course of their NHS duties.
Equality and diversity
The trust values equality and diversity in employment and in the services we provide. It is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and will keep under review our policies and procedures to ensure that the job related needs of all staff working in the Trust are recognised. The Trust will aim to ensure that all job applicants, employees or clients are treated fairly and valued equally regardless of sex, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, race, colour, disablement, ethnic or national origin, social background or employment status, sexual orientation, religion, beliefs, HIV status, gender reassignment, political affiliation or trade union membership. Selection for training and development and promotion will be on the basis of the individual’s ability to meet the requirements for the job.
You are responsible for ensuring that the trust’s policies, procedures and obligation in respect of promoting equality and diversity are adhered to in relation to both staff and services.
NHS managers’ code of conduct
As an NHS manager, you are expected to follow the code of conduct for NHS managers (October 2002).
If you have responsibility for a budget you are expected to operate within this and under the trust’s standing financial instructions (available in the intranet’s policies section ) at all times.
Barts Health values based leadership
Our leaders ensure a focus on health where patients are at the centre of all we do. They work to create a culture where innovation is promoted and encouraged. They lead by example and demonstrate value based decision making as being integral to the ways of working within the Trust.
Barts Health leaders are role models who demonstrate those attitudes and behaviours which will make us unique. Our leaders are passionate about delivering high quality patient care, take pride in the work that they do to and are committed to the delivering the Barts Health NHS Trust 10 pledges of:
1. Patients will be at the heart of all we do.
2. We will provide consistently high quality health care.
3. We will continuously improve patient safety standards.
4. We will sustain and develop excellence in research, development and innovation.
5. We will sustain and develop excellence in education and training.
6. We will promote human rights and equalities.
7. We will work with health partners to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
8. We will work with social care partners to provide care for those who are most vulnerable.
9. We will make the best use of public resources.
10. We will provide and support the leadership to achieve these pledges.
Our leaders are visible leaders who believe in spending time listening and talking our staff, patients and partners about the things that are important to them and the changes they would like to make to continuously improve patient care.
Barts Health leaders work with their teams to develop organisational values, embed them in our ways of working and create the cultural changes required to ensure that we consistently provide an excellent patient experience, regardless of the point of delivery, in an environment where people want to work, regardless of where they work or what they do.
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