Appointments/Call Centre Officer | Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Job details
Posting date: 24 April 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £22,816 - £24,336 Per annum, pro rata
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 24 May 2024
Location: St Helens, WA9 3DA
Company: St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 6111071/409-6111071

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1x Part Time (30.00 hours) permanent post.

Are you enthusiastic, hardworking and self-motivated?

An exciting and challenging opportunity has become available for an Appointments / Call Centre Officer within Patient Booking Services.

The post holder will be responsible for providing clerical and administrative support to the department. You will work closely with a wide range of staff across the Organisation, including other hospitals, GP services and mainly, our patients.
• You must have excellent telephone communication skills as you are very often the first contact with the Trust. A pleasant and courteous disposition is essential.
• You will have a flexible approach to the demands of this post and there will be an expectation that you can work autonomously or as part of a team to ensure we deliver the highest standard of care to our patients.

The Secretary of State has approved the partnership between St Helens & Knowsley and Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.

From 1stJuly we have come together as a single organisation under the name Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk and Newton hospitals.

The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.

Our Vision is to deliver 5 Star Patient Care:
• CARE that is evidence based, high quality and compassionate
• ​​​​​​SAFETY that is of the highest standards
• COMMUNICATION that is open, inclusive and respectful
• SYSTEMS that are efficient, patient centred and reliable
• PATHWAYS that are best practice and embedded, but also respect the individual needs of patients

Our achievements include:
• Trust rated Outstanding by CQC Inspection August 2018
• Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers & Health Service Journal)
• Awarded National Preceptorship Accreditation (2023) for our Nursing & AHP Preceptorship Programme

Please see our Wellbeing & Benefits booklet for more information on our staff benefits. Accessible version available upon request.

• Enter tertiary referral letter details accurately onto the Patient Administration System (PAS) on a daily basis adhering to the timescales within the Trust Patient Access Policy and ensuring the outpatient entry is attached to the correct 18 week pathway with appropriate referral/pathway/referral source code.
• To deal with pending elective appointments and cancellations, liaising with all relevant staff (including Consultants, Outpatient Managers, Directorate Managers and clinical support staff). Escalating any issues/breaches to the Team Leader/Administration Services Co-ordinator.
• Meet/liaise with Consultant’s on a regular basis in order to manage outpatient clinics lists effectively whilst working within the Department of Health guidelines. Be responsible for the updating and accuracy on electronic systems.
• Independently compile clinic status lists 6 weeks in advance, taking into account the composition of lists to include, clinical urgency, diagnostic investigations, therapeutic investigations, complex procedures and 18 week referral to treatment target. Inputting information on to PAS and NHS e-referral.
• Liaise with Team Leader/Outpatient Manager and/or Directorate Manager’s to ensure clinic sessions are utilised when Consultants are on leave. If Consultants are on annual leave/professional leave ensure that Registrar/Staff Grade cover is in place prior to booking patients into clinic session.
• Book appointments using the PAS/NHS e-referral system and identify the type of outpatient appointment required. Obtain relevant reports/ information and request HRS/case notes. Update clinic of list changes due to cancellations/alterations. Frequently negotiate with nursing staff to provide additional outpatient clinics.
• Update the PAS system and NHS e-referral with all information following patient referral triage with all special requirements.
• To ensure management of all clinic requests/reductions/cancellations/clinic changes/patient requests are managed within sostenuto independently
• Order interpreters for patients attending outpatient clinics by e-mail.
• To arrange patient appointments by telephone/letter ensuring that patients are offered choice of date with reasonable notice in accordance with the current operating framework and the NHS constitution.
• Order all necessary equipment for appointments via Outpatient Managers by e-mail.
• Responsible for informing the Radiology/Cardio-Respiratory Department of additional clinics arranged.
• Take into account daily cancellations and alterations, contacting patients by telephone explaining in a polite and courteous manner reasons for cancellation. To follow the correct procedures and processes for all cancelled appointments and DNA’s to ensure dates are re-booked and/or removed according to the Trust Patient Access Policy, escalating any issues.
• Manage Netcall reminder report ensuring outpatient slots are backfilled maximising outpatient capacity.
• Advise patients of all available options with empathy and discretion particularly when dealing with aggrieved patient’s regarding outpatient waiting list enquires. Significant conversations including outcomes are to be recorded on PAS.
• Monthly validation of 18 week (PTL) for each speciality to maintain 18 weeks, ensure patient availability and/or still require appointment.
• Monitor and maintain the Outpatient waiting list reports for individual specialities ensuring that all patients are booked in accordance with Multi-Disciplinary Team guidelines and Department of Health guidelines.
• Book linked appointments foe ENT and Ophthalmology prior to appointment date.
• Complete data checks on computerised systems (PAS, NHS e-referral, EDMS) amending any changes e.g. appointment procedures, patient details, patient/hospital cancellations or time changes due to allergy risks etc.
• Complete Netcall cancellation report, slot availability reort within ers, sostenuto, net account on a daily basis.
• ASI report managed independently within DOH guidelines for Paper Switch Off Compliance
• Management of pas admin reports, clinic changes/amendments for all specialty clinics and directorates
• Set up and amendments of clinic schedules on PAS system
• Training/mentoring of staff on all roles within the Appointments Department
• To ensure that all two week rule referrals/upgrades are managed independently within DOH guidelines on PAS and NHS e-referral system.
• To ensure all case notes are requested and available for appointments in line with local standards and protocols. Ensure that any documentation in relation to the patient is sent to the Health Records Department to be scanned onto EDMS (Electronic Document Management System). To file all correspondence and documents, as required, thereby maintaining an effective filing system.
• Organise and order stationary items as appropriate.
• Deal appropriately with concerns from staff in line with Trust policy.
• To provide cover for colleagues during periods of annual leave and sickness. Mentor and train relevant staff as required by the Team Leaders or Administrative Services Co-ordinator.
• Participate in call centre rotation.
• Liaise with other hospitals both NHS and private, GP’s, secretarial, clerical, wards, and cancer services.
• Following PTL meeting, complete actions for individual specialities and update capacity for Directorate Managers.
• To work in a flexible manner in accordance with the Trust policy.
• Any other duties required by Line Manager.

This advert closes on Wednesday 8 May 2024

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