Rapid Response Advanced Practitioner

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Rapid Response Advanced Practitioner

Our vision is for the people of Croydon to experience well-co-ordinated care and support in the most appropriate setting, which is truly person-centred and helps them to maintain their independence.

Living Independently for Everyone- LIFE

Croydon Health Services are in a new Alliance Partnership with other health and social care providers in Croydon and the LIFE service is one of our new integrated service models. This means bringing together health and social care teams who work to support people to remain independent and healthy in particular to prevent admissions to hospital and shorten hospital stays.

The Rapid Response Service is an admission avoidance service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner who will be expected to take a lead in the advanced assessment, management and treatment of patients over 18 years of age referred to thecrisis service. As an autonomous practitioner you will provide comprehensive healthcare sensitive to the needs ofthe population, including advanced clinical assessments, history taking, diagnostics, treatment planning, decision making, non-medical prescribing and evaluation. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team and across the primary, secondary and social care interfaces you will be responsible for co-ordinating the provision of specialist interventions to meet the urgent health care needs of people at risk of hospitalisation or those requiring a facilitated timely discharge from ED, SDEC and ACE and supporting a more intensive level of care in the intermediate care environment.The post holder will provide specialised input as an independent and interdependent practitioner developing and leading relationships with members of the multi-professional team allowing for consultation and collaboration in a variety of health care settings including the community, primary care and the acute hospital.As a senior clinical decision maker, you will aim to prevent unnecessary acute hospital admissions and keep patients in their own homes for longer and prevent premature admissions into long termcare facilities. (continued in JD)

About us

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon. The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 4,100 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.

Our main hospital site, Croydon University Hospital is one of the busiest in London. We're also leading the way in providing more healthcare outside hospitals at clinics, specialist centres and in people's homes. Our experienced district nursing teams, Allied Health Professionals and community matrons look after people of all ages across Croydon and our Children's Hospital at Home cares for children with long-term conditions without them having to come to hospital.

Across the NHS everyone is working hard to meet growing demand and we're no exception. But with the right people on board, we are rising to this challenge, putting our people in the driving seat, encouraging innovation and transforming our services to give local people the quality of care they deserve. Croydon Health Services puts a great deal of importance on education and training throughout the careers of all of our staff. As well as offering access to a range of core skills training and professional development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the role in job description and person specification. Alternatively, please contact Aisling Vaugh.

Person Specification



  • MSC in Advanced Clinical Practice Or In process of completing MSC in Advanced Clinical Practice but has already completed Independent non-medical prescriber (V300) and has at least 2yrs practice with wide scope of practice
  • Relevant professional health degree (nursing or Paramedic Practitioner)
  • Current registration with NMC, HCPC and or other statutory body
  • Mentor


  • Research and development



  • At least 3yrs Leadership experience at Band 7 or above
  • Proven experience of working as an independent practitioner
  • In-depth knowledge of recent NHS legislation, relevant to community.
  • Experience of leading, planning and completing audit / research
  • Experience of teaching and mentoring of staff across the multi-disciplinary team.


  • Evidence of applying research in practice.
  • Experience in the management telehealth within the community setting



  • Advanced clinical skills
  • Able to work as an autonomous practitioner
  • Able to demonstrate care which reflects evidence based practice.
  • Evidence of quality improvement, monitoring and developing quality outcome measures
  • Ability to manage acute disease and crisis care
  • Leadership skills with ability to engage and deliver change through negotiation and partnership working
  • Management skills with team building abilities
  • Ability to manage complexity and develop and sustain partnership working with both individuals and across organisations
  • Ability to manage high pressured situations
  • Able to prioritise workload, achieving a balance between clinical and other aspects of role


  • Evidence of recognised knowledge/skills in service improvement.
  • Previous in-reach experience to Emergency Departments and Same Day emergency Care



  • Car driver, current UK licence and access to car for work purposes.
  • Flexible to meet the needs of 7 day, extended hours community service

Employer details

Employer name

Croydon University Hospital NHS Trust


Croydon Health Services

12-18 Lennard Road



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