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Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP)

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP)
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Hours to be worked to cover a 7 day service)
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Salary period
25/10/2022 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

This is an exciting time to join us as we introduce our new Medical and Respiratory High Care Unit. The trust has secured significant investment to introduce this new unit which will enhance the care we provide to our patients. These roles are a key part of this development. 

The posts are open to both nursing and Allied Health Professionals who have successfully completed their MSc.

The post holder will be a key member of the multi-disciplinary team to provide clinical quality care to all patients on the Medical and Respiratory High Care Units at Victoria Hospital. You will also rotate onto our respiratory wards as part of the role.

The role will also include development of the team and expanding the clinical role. You will be expected to provide expertise and decision-making skills to inform clinical reasoning when dealing with individual patient presentations.

You will be a team player and work collaboratively with staff from all wards consisting of respiratory  patients and patients who require a enhanced level of care which includes NIV and CPAP. 


Main duties of the job

Develop and maintain communication with others relating to complex issues.

Be proactive, demonstrating increased autonomy, clinical judgement and decision-making skills.

Act as an expert practitioner demonstrating advanced skills and knowledge in medical conditions, rehabilitation and complex patient needs.

Demonstrate expert knowledge in physiological and psychological functioning when there are diseases and disorders and producing an effective plan of care.

Working for our organisation

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please review the Job description for a full outline of the job role and responsibilities. 

You will be responsible for all day to day management of patients liaising with medical colleagues any concerns when completing board rounds.

You will be expected to assess, plan and evaluate a range of interventions which may include prescribing medications requesting investigations and providing lifestyle changes.

The medical and respiratory high care will moved to a purpose built unit within the next 12 months. We are part of the Integrated Medicine and Patient Flow Division and very much part of a great team. 

*Hours in this post to be worked over a 7 day service.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MSc in Advanced Practice
  • Relevant Nursing/AHP Degree Qualification
Desirable criteria
  • NMC/AHP teaching qualification
  • ALS qualification


Essential criteria
  • Advanced Clinical Practice skills in the management of care of older person/orthopaedic patients.
  • Management of patients with complex needs
  • Accountability of own role
  • Significant post registration experience
  • Recent acute NHS/Primary Care experience
  • Recent acute NHS/Primary Care experience
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Audit
  • Research
  • Non- Medical prescribing
  • Compiling protocols and clinical guidelines


Essential criteria
  • Clinical Leadership Skills
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of the principles of clinical governance and its application
  • Teaching and mentoring in clinical settings


Essential criteria
  • Self-directed practitioner Ability to work across boundaries
  • Highly motivated
  • Flexible working pattern
  • Enthusiasm
  • Team player
  • Ability to work across boundaries
  • Ability to work across boundaries

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Fiona Verenakis
Job title
Clinical Matron
Email address
Telephone number
01253 955605