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Advanced Clinical Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Advanced Clinical Practitioner
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Clifton Hospital
Lytham, St Annes
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Salary period
04/10/2022 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

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 at Clifton Hospital. 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 care of older person, complex pathways, rehabilitation and orthopaedic non-weightbearing patients. 

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.

Clifton consists of 4 wards and is part of the acute site at Blackpool. We are part of the Integrated Medicine and Patient Flow Division and very much part of a great team. 

As a Trust, we recommend that individuals employed in patient facing roles, or those located on a ward or department where patients receive a service are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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

  1. To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your care and to ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management, and those of other staff, by providing expert care for a complex caseload of patients.
  2. To accept clinical responsibility for a diverse and often complex caseload of patients and to organise this efficiently and effectively regarding clinical priorities and use of time.  To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management.
  3. To receive referrals from and make referrals to healthcare professionals review the patient and act, accordingly, thereby reducing length of time patients wait for intervention and discharge process.

According to current legislation to undertake independent prescribing and make appropriate use of the administration of medication using your Non-Medical Prescribing and/or Patient Group Directions.  

  1. Develop and maintain communication with people about complex issues and/or in difficult situations.
  2. Be proactive in developing own professional practice, demonstrating evidence of increasing autonomy, clinical judgement and decision-making skills and contribute to the development of others.
  3. Promote, monitor, and maintain best practice in health, safety, and security.
  4. To act as the day to day expert operational lead within Clifton wards, working autonomously and in collaboration with multi-disciplinary professionals both internal and external to the trust.
  5. To provide clinical leadership and work alongside the supporting Medical Consultants to develop evidence-based practice and maintain clinical excellence, which will promote the delivery of quality care development.
  6. To act as an expert practitioner demonstrating and applying advanced skills and knowledge in Medicine and provide expert advice, including producing guidelines, and inputting into future developments, service planning and provision.
  7. Assess the need for and order investigations within scope of practice to meet National Clinical Guidelines.
  8. Support equality and value diversity.
  9. Plan, develop and implement approaches to promote health and wellbeing and prevent adverse effects on health and wellbeing.
  10. Address complex health and wellbeing needs and develop, monitor, and review care plans to meet those needs.
  11. Assess physiological and psychological functioning when there are complex and/or undifferentiated abnormalities, diseases and disorders and develop monitor and review related treatment plans.
  12. To lead regular follow up in-patient Ward Rounds, decision making and discharge planning.
  13. Having a visible presence within the ward areas across the hospital to promote expert clinical presence and ensure timely discharges by the appropriate use of existing and the development of community services, enhancing patient experience
  14. Gather, analyse, and report a wide range of data and information.
  15.  Demonstrate a high level of complex decision making in relation to the assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of patient care.


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

● Other

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

Gill Hodgkinson
Job title
Assistant Lead
Telephone number
01253 955135
Additional information

I will be available Monday to Friday for any informal visits/teams meeting