Volunteer GP (Female)
Survivors of torture and human cruelty often suffer a myriad of deeply entwined physical and psychological problems. Our clients have usually had ineffective and sporadic contact with health care providers, often limited to emergency or crisis contact. Beginning to address their medical needs is extremely difficult, compounded by limitations of time and accessibility within the NHS.
In order to help clients access the medical care they need we operate a Medical Advisory Clinic. We recruit and train volunteer doctors to assess clients’ medical concerns, offer explanation and advice to clients and liaise closely with their GP. Our doctors do not treat, prescribe or refer to secondary care.
We operate the clinic from on-site treatment rooms, or remote consultations over telephone or video call as appropriate. Doctors spend as much time as they need with each client; typically, each appointment lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. The Medical Advisory Service is fully integrated into the rest of the organisation. Doctors work closely with therapists, caseworkers and the legal team to support the individual needs of each client. We have the use of specialised interpreters.
The Medical Advisory Service is run by our lead GP and a team of three to four volunteer doctors who commit to one day a week or a fortnight. This role is particularly suitable but not exclusively, for GPs. Recruitment is open and ongoing. The need for a female doctor reflects the preference of our client population, many of whom have experienced sexual violence.
Training is provided on-site by our lead GP and other clinical staff, including the foundation’s clinical psychologists and psychotherapists.
Main tasks and activities:
- Seeing clients with new and ongoing medical needs to discuss their symptoms.
- Completing a Medical Needs Assessment for new clients who have been referred to the foundation.
- Liaising with each client’s GP to discuss your findings and suggest next steps.
- Helping our clients understand how to navigate the NHS.
- Providing health education to our clients.
This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
Please attach a cover letter under 'Supporting Documents' along with your CV. Unfortunately, applications which do not include a cover letter cannot be taken forward to interview.
The Helen Bamber Foundation and Asylum Aid is an equal opportunities and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as we are keen to make sure that our staff, trustees, volunteers and ambassadors reflect the communities we serve and the wider community we work in at every level within the organisation. We particularly welcome applications from Minority Ethnicities.
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