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Acute Intervention Team Nurse Practitioner

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 May 2024
An opportunity has arisen to join the Acute intervention team (AIT). The AIT service supports the provision of care across the Trusts three acute sites by providing education and support for all healthcare staff caring for the acutely ill deteriorating patient. Facilitating decision making and communication between clinical staff, patients and relatives is a key component of the role. The Team is firmly committed to ensure all patients are treated by the right professional, in the right place, at the right time, first time, every time, 24 hours-a-day.

This is an exciting role that will allow you to utilise your education and clinical skills to improve practice and ensure that patients receive the best possible standard of care. The role would suit any experienced nurse or paramedic with a background in acute/emergency/critical care who has an interest in teaching.

1 x 30 hour fixed term temporary post until 13th of October and 1 x 30 hour fixed term temporary until 19th of January

Main duties of the job

To ensure that patients with clinical deterioration have their needs prioritised with appropriate assessment, intervention and on-going management. To ensure that patients at risk are reviewed regularly and appropriate intervention initiated in a timely manner.

The post holder will assist with the delivery of education through enhancing staff confidence, competence and experience of ward staff through sharing of skills.

The service will utilise physiological track and trigger tools to identify patients whose condition is deteriorating via EPR.

They will assist/support audit projects and update guidelines/policies within the Acute Intervention Nurse remit

Assist / Support ward staff with care of the dying patients, complex DNACPR decisions and ensure effective communication with the patient and their families.

To assist the anaesthetic team to stabilise critically ill patients throughout the hospital.

To be an active member of emergency response teams within the hospital, taking a lead role in the Medical Emergency Team.

Capable of acting as team leader in the Cardiac Arrest Team when required.

Active member of the Paediatric Emergency Team.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Effectively utilises members of the multi-professional team within the Trust to enhance patient care and positively impact on patient safety.

Routinely work using own initiative and have the ability to seek advice when necessary from the most appropriate personnel.

Provides continuing support and advice to ward staff when dealing with patients at risk of deterioration and those patients deteriorating in ward environments.

Ensures the rights, dignity and confidentiality of the patients are respected and upheld at all times.

Demonstrate the ability to learn, develop and apply new and existing skills to maintain standards and quality of care.

To be professionally accountable for own actions, aware of limitations, actively seeking advice and support when necessary.

Provide educational input to specific established training programmes.

Work closely with CAP team to deliver education in line with identified current themes within the Organisation and clinical need.

Provide bedside teaching to all health care professionals involved in the management of the acutely / critically ill patient.

Encourage a learning environment that enhances understanding of the relevance of an evidence base to practice at ward level.

Act as preceptor and mentor as required, actively encouraging staff to development skills with regard to the management of acutely / critically ill patients.

Line manage junior team members.

Demonstrate leadership abilities to support enable and inspire all members of the multi-professional team in the provision of safe comprehensive acute care.

Assist in the development and maintenance of policies for Acute Intervention Nurse, ensuring all policy and service developments are impact assessed in respect of equality requirements.

Assist as requested with recruitment, absent management, and training of staff.

Encourage others to strive to develop excellence within the clinical area.

Implements change processes which support Trust protocols, procedures and directives.

Participates with audit projects.

Keeps accurate and contemporaneous records of the patients condition, treatment and progress as an on-going daily process.

Updates the band 7 Senior Sister with all issues relating to Acute Intervention Nurse activities within the Trust as an on-going process.

Uses IT skills to produce management information, reports, audit data and other material.

Attends team brief and other information giving meetings.

Possesses skills of delegation, arbitration, negotiation and leadership.

Performs audit of the Acute Intervention Nurse Service, evaluates findings and changes practice where required to improve patient or service outcomes.

Empowers and supports staff in the delivery of care to acutely ill patients.

Person Specification



  • Background in acute care area e.g. ED, AMU,ITU


  • Experience in palliative care.

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • ILS provider. Experience of teaching junior colleagues in the clinical environment


  • ALS and / or EPLS provider. ALS or EPLS instructor or instructor candidate. Teaching qualification (998 or C& G) or relevant teaching experience. Ability to plan and prioritise workload. Able to make comprehensive patient assessment. Ability to make complex decisions. Demonstrate critical thinking. Experience in audit

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post



  • Degree in a relevant subject or significant progress towards, Comprehensive Knowledge in relation to the Acutely unwell and Deteriorating Patient, Evidence of Continuing professional development.


  • Physical Assessment Skills,Nurse Prescriber

Statutory Registration


  • Registered Nurse

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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