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University Health Service
Richard Verney Health Centre 6 Bristo Square Edinburgh EH8 9AL
Tel: 0131 650 2777
Fax: 0131 662 1813
Out of Hours: NHS 24 Tel: 111

Dr S Young & Partners

1. Job Details
Job Title:                                 Part Time-Typist/Receptionist
Line Manager:                         Overall to Practice Business & Development Manager
                                               On day to day basis to Reception Manager
Salary:                                    £18,009-£19,612 per annum for 37.5 hrs per week
                                               For this post £10,805-£11,767 per annum
Hours:                                     22.5 hrs per week worked Monday to Wednesday
                                               between 8.00am to 6pm.  Hours may vary subject to
                                               service needs.  For this post 9.00am to 5.30pm is
                                               routine hours but on occasion this will require to be
                                               varied to work until 6pm.
Annual Leave:                         17 days rising to 18 after 5 years
                                                service plus 4 Public Holidays per annum
2. Job Purpose
To provide a high quality, accurate and confidential typing support service.  To respond to face to face/telephone requests from patients in a pleasant and accurate manner whilst undertaking the day to day admin work required.  To act as a focal point of communication between patients, doctors and staff in the practice reception area.
3. Dimensions/Role
The post holder will work between the admin department and reception  as required. 
To efficiently and accurately type clinical correspondence for all of the doctors within the practice of which there can be up to 14.  To undertake typing as required for the Practice Manager/Nurses.  The aim is to ensure the delivery of a high quality patient service by ensuring a timely and efficient turn around of secretarial work within set turnaround targets.
To be part of the reception team providing a front line patient service.  Responding to a variety of queries and ensuring reception work is undertaken as per day to day  requirements.
Appreciation of and adherence to patient confidentiality at all times is required.
4. Main Responsibilities

  Approx. % of time
Provision of a high quality audio typing service for the clinical team and Practice Manager.  Production/transmission of correspondence within 2-3 days of dictation. This includes medical referrals, certificates, reports, minutes of meetings and other routine correspondence.
In house IT systems will be used for recording and retrieval of patient information.
2. Administration:
Deal with telephone enquiries from patients, hospital departments, internal and external agencies directing and prioritising queries as appropriate to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.
Process administrative forms and undertake administrative processes as required.
3. General Office Tasks:
Undertake photocopying, faxing, laminating, production of posters and filing as required.  Undertake franking of mail and taking to the post office.
4. Reception Work:
To work in reception receiving patients, booking/cancelling appointments, answering telephones, dealing with patient records, electronic filing, scanning and work flowing. Any other reception duties as required.
5. Any other duties appropriate to the grade of the post

5. Planning and Organising:
The job holder is responsible for planning their workload on a day-to-day, weekly and monthly basis based on completion guidelines for each aspect of the post. The jobholder must ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner, within set standards, to ensure the most up to date information is available for patient care.
6. Problem solving
Prioritisation of work requires a problem solving approach, as many conflicting demands are made on the job holder’s time. The following are examples of issues that demonstrate resourcefulness:

  • The job holder regularly deals with patient queries regarding referrals/outpatient appointments giving information as per agreed practice protocol.


  • Telephoning various agencies to request information for medical/nursing/admin staff

7. Decision Making
The job holder must be able to work confidently on an independent basis, being able to make prompt and appropriate decisions concerning the typing of urgent items. Appropriate judgements need to be made as to who to refer queries to.
8. Key Contacts/Relationships
Patients on a daily basis
Staff from hospitals/University
All practice staff         
9. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job:
As per Person Specification for Post
10. Dimensions
The University Health Service provides patient services to approximately 26,000 patients. We have 13-14 medical staff, 4 nurses and 11 reception/admin staff.
11. Job Context and any other relevant information
We operate in an ever changing environment and so the post holder will have to be responsive to change and also have the ability to deal with anxious and sometimes   irate patients.
The job holder will be required to work amended/additional hours to cover for staff absences due to holidays and sickness.




Good General Education
Secretarial Skills & Audio Typing
Proven Medical Terminology experience
Experience Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
Use of clinical software system so need good keyboard/IT skills
Previous General Practice/NHS experience.
Special aptitude and abilities Able to communicate with all levels of staff and members of the public.
Confidentiality awareness.   Good organisational skills/Accuracy/Attention to detail in work.
Disposition Ability to work as part of a Team but also using own initiative.  Friendly, tactful and approachable.  Pleasant and professional telephone manner.  
Physical requirements General good health.  Good attendance record.  
Particular requirements of post Enthusiastic and willing to be adaptable to changes within the Practice.  To be flexible in terms of working hours and to work additional hours as required on occasion.  

There are no particular Health & Safety risks associated with this post.  A VDU assessment will be undertaken for all computer equipment used.  Training and induction will be provided in all areas of the post and to the Practice in general.

NHS Application Form with covering letter to Mrs Jean Grant, Practice Manager by
Closing Date: Friday 22nd November 2019

Nov 2019


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