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Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Due to the expansion and development of the Gastroenterology service we are able to offer an exciting opportunity to recruit Advanced Clinical Practitioners to establish a dedicated ACP team to the service.

We are looking for dedicated, motivated and experienced Advanced Clinical Practitioners to support the delivery of our Gastroenterology services, develop our cancer pathways in Upper GI, Pancreas & NSS. Support improvements of our inpatient pathways and the development of a virtual ward service, specialist clinics as well as support the Endoscopy service with improved patient admission pathways.

You will be joining a forward thinking, innovative and dedicated team where patient experience and excellence in care is our priority. The Gastroenterology/Endoscopy service has recently undergone a transformation with expansion of the department so it is an exciting time to join the team.

We are a JAG accredited Unit, undertaking diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, including Colonoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, ERCP, Bronchoscopy, EBUS, EUS. Therapeutic and Palliative stenting, inpatient services with a 24 hour, 7 day a week GI bleed service.

Successful candidates will play an essential role in the development and future growth of the Gastroenterology & Endoscopy services, you will be supported by senior clinicians, specialist nursing teams and the wider division. We welcome you to visit us to show you around our Unit and introduce you to the team !

Main duties of the job

Your expertise will be invaluable in cancer pathway transformation, ensuring efficiency of fast track triage of patients in Upper GI, pancreatic and NSS pathways. Supporting MDT decisions and outcomes, patient clinics to optimise treatments as well as dedicated sessions for research and personal development.

The successful candidate will clinically support the dedicated gastroenterology ward, present patients at board rounds to senior clinicians and consultants. And support the introduction of the Gastro virtual ward to streamline inpatient services, optimise patient care and reduce length of stay.

Your expert advanced clinical expertise and decision making will support a safer direct admission pathway from Emergency Department/Endoscopy Unit to the Gastroenterology ward, provide clear clinical assessment and plan of treatment & optimising ward cover.

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner role will be a rotational programme throughout all the varying specialities within the service, providing safe, senior clinical decision making and expert care. Working collaboratively with the wider team.

This is an exciting time to join the Gastroenterology service at Blackpool with huge plans for expansion, you will be welcomed into a friendly and supportive, dedicated team.

If you are passionate, innovative and enthusiastic about the delivery of high quality care and service improvement and are looking for a new challenge and direction in your career then come and join us !!

About us

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 and employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

The organisation 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. We also have specialised Cardio-thoracic Surgical and Sleep Medicine services (including polysomnography) and provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will be responsible for clinical triage across cancer pathways.

Leading on pathway improvement work including reviewing straight-to-test models, expediting clinical triage and streamlining the faster diagnosis pathways in line with the Faster Diagnosis Framework and Best Practice Timed Pathway guidance, where available.

Order necessary investigations and provide treatment and care both individually, as part of a team, and through referral to other agencies.

Have the authority to admit or discharge patients from their caseload and r

Support the establishment, embedding and success of a Gastroenterology Virtual ward, providing clinical expertise and decision making to prevent admissions into the hospital setting. To collaborate effectively with the wider teams and improving patient outcomes.

Support and establish inpatient pathways

Refer patients to other health care providers as appropriate.

To provide support to the Ascitic drain service

Please see detailed Job description and Person specification, for further details and before applying for this post.

Person Specification



  • Clinical based professional degree.
  • Current registration with the NMC or HCPC.
  • Advanced Practice MSc or NHS England credentialing via the supported e-portfolio route.
  • Management / leadership qualification or attendance at equivalent study days (master's qualification or equivalent).
  • Non-medical prescriber (V300).
  • Evidence of continuous professional development in line with the four pillars of advanced practice.


  • Postgraduate qualification in specialty.
  • Teacher/Assessor qualification.



  • Evidence of extensive professional/clinical knowledge managing unwell patients in the community, primary or acute setting.
  • Evidence of patient history taking, clinical examination and developing management plans for patients.
  • Experience of managing own caseload.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing chronic disease and long term conditions.
  • Effective communicator - able to communicate complex and highly sensitive information.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of leading service development and quality improvement work.
  • Evidence of effective people management and leadership skills.
  • Experience of teaching staff.
  • Evidence of involvement in policy and practice change.


  • Evidence of working at a senior position within an appropriate health care field.
  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the mentorship and development of nurse and AHP practice.
  • Evidence of managing staff.
  • Involvement in research.
  • Computer Literacy.

Skills & Attributes


  • Prioritise workload under pressure.
  • Evidence of working on own initiative
  • Identify trends for analysis.
  • Deal with confidential information
  • Work as part of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate effective time management and organisational skills
  • Actively manage gaps in rota's due to annual leave, sickness etc
  • Always maintains a high level of professionalism and role models this to others.
  • Ensures that own actions support equality, diversity, rights and maintain quality.
  • Clinical credibility - regarded as a successful clinician by peers


  • Presentation skills, including the presenting of research and audit findings

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Whinney Heyes Road



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