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Advanced Clinical Practitioner - Urgent Treatment Centre

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum plus 5% High Cost allowance
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic, progressive team as part of an Integrated Urgent Treatment Centre located on the Acute site at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.

Are you keen to have a key role within the Hertfordshire and West Essex Health and Care System? Working in collaboration with our acute colleagues at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Stellar Healthcare and Stort Valley Healthcare (GP Federation), we are seeking to employ ambitious, motivated, forward thinking individuals to take active roles in our new integrated Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC).

These exciting new posts are integral to the successful delivery of the UTC, a ground-breaking collaboration between PAH and community providers in Herts and West Essex. The service will support the NHS long term ambition of preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and ensuring delivery of care by the right person, in the right place at the right time.

There will be opportunity to rotate and gain experience across a range of services/teams within the system including virtual wards, urgent community response team and Minor Injuries Unit.

If you have the desire to work within a service that will deliver urgent and responsive high-quality care to patients and have the advanced skills and specialist knowledge to support safe, competent clinical decision-making to deliver expert patient care come and join our team.

Main duties of the job

To work autonomously in assessing diagnosing, treating and evaluating care for patients presenting with a minor illness, acting within the parameters of their Code of Professional Conduct and Trust guidelines.

The post holder will require specialist advanced knowledge and skills to demonstrate safe, competent, clinical decision making and expert patient care, to provide a service to meet the needs of the patients who attend the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). As an autonomous practitioner the post holder will provide holistic health care for patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed problems.

Working closely with colleagues at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Triage, Minor injuries and Emergency Department. Building strong communication links to facilitate a seamless patient journey and to ensure that the service delivers the best possible high quality patient led care which is dynamic, proactive, anticipatory, innovative, safe and responsive to health needs.

Internal rotation to community Virtual Wards and Minor Injury units within Herts and West Essex ICB.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Operational Delivery
  • To have a duty and responsibility to act within their professional boundaries. In order to work at this level NMC/HCPC requirements for advanced practice must be met.
  • The post holder will provide clinical expertise and leadership to the team drawing on clinical knowledge to undertake advanced assessment, diagnosis and treatment inclusive of independent prescribing.
  • Provide direct access to patients seeking health care management and advice.
  • Assess, diagnose, treat or refer patients with minor Illness and assess and direct illnesses as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Where appropriate and required liaise with onsite STELLA Healthcare Lead GP for advice and support.
  • Interpretation of plain film x-rays, with access to the duty radiographer for diagnostic advice.
  • Promote and use evidence based practice to provide clinically effective care.
  • Ensure that the wellbeing of children/ families and vulnerable adults is safeguarded in accordance with national and local policies and procedures.
  • Provide professional and clinical support and advice to other members of the team.
  • Act as a role model, demonstrating good practice and ensuring these standards are maintained.
  • To ensure that the infection control policies and procedures are followed by all of the team.
  • To contribute skills and knowledge as required.
  • Reports all accidents/incidents/complaints involving patients, carers, staff to the senior nurse and commence inquiries or documentation as necessary.
  • Develop protocols and policy for specialist area that impact on all disciplines involved for this specialist service
  • Ensure the implementation of effective and high quality audit of service and participate in the trust audit steering group.
  • Be responsible for conducting research and development in specialist clinical area as appropriate
  • Be responsible for establishing the interpretation of policies within the team ensuring team members have the same understanding and guidance on implementation.

Communication and Relationship Building
  • Work in a collaborative manner with other agencies to ensure seamless service delivery for patients.
  • Ensure that patients and carers at risk of cultural or language barriers are helped to understand and make use of the service available.
  • To liaise with staff in the hospital and the community health services and Social care staff.
  • Ensure that all written documentation is clear, concise, and timely, and complies with the NMC/HCPC Standards for Records and Record Keeping.
  • Communicate very sensitive, complex condition related information to patients, carers and relatives with empathy and reassurance.

Finance and Resource Management
  • Involved in identifying what resources are needed to keep service delivery, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
  • Be involved in calculating the resources required to deliver the service safely and effectively.
  • Ensure delivery of core contractual KPIs and targets for UTC

Person Specification



  • o1st level Registered Nurse/Registered Paramedic
  • oAutonomous Nurse/Care Practitioner Training e.g. A33 or equivalent
  • oMasters in Advanced Clinical practitioner (Emergency Care) or appropriate relevant experience.
  • oAcademic studies (LEVEL 2/3 OR M) in Minor injury/Minor illness modules.


  • oIndependent non-medical prescriber
  • oEvidence of further x-ray interpretation training e.g. Red Dot.

Managerial Experience


  • oExtensive post registration experience.
  • oAbility to organise the swift flow of patients through the unit safely & effectively
  • oDemonstrate responsibility for establishing the interpretation of policies within the team ensuring team members have the same understanding and guidance on implementation.
  • oHave experience of working under Patient Group Directions (PGD's) for the supply of medications.


  • oProven post registration experience in an Emergency Department.

Job Planning / Appraisal Skills


  • oProvide evidence of continuous personal and professional development
  • oDemonstrates expert clinical skills.
  • oThe ability to work autonomously to meet the individual needs of patients from the age of 1 year: safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
  • oAbility to communicate very sensitive, complex condition related information to patients, a carers and relatives with empathy and reassurance
  • oAbility to communicate effectively with patients from varied social and cultural backgrounds.
  • oHigh standards of written/computer skills.


  • oSystmOne experience or similar electronic patient record systems

Other requirements


  • oWillingness to uphold the Trust's and provider's values
  • oEligible to live and work in the UK.
  • oEligible to live and work in the UK.

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Princess Alexandra Hospital

Hamstel Road


CM20 1QX

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