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Advanced Clinical Practitioner in General Surgery

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
We are seeking to appoint a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) from a Registered Nurse or Allied Health Professional background, to join our Emergency General Surgical team for a 12-month period.

The role entails working across the Surgical Division including our Surgical Wards, Surgical Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (SAECU) and Emergency Surgical Unit (ESU). Our departments are supported by General Surgical Consultants, Surgical Registrars, ACPs and Junior Doctors. Flexible working is required as we cover SAECU/ESU seven days a week. This role does not entail working night shifts, however weekend day cover is required on a rotational basis every eight weeks.

Interested applicants must be a qualified ACP and possess a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. The ability to work as an independent Non-Medical Prescriber is essential therefore applicants must also possess a NMP qualification.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to assess and diagnose patients presenting with acute surgical presentations whilst devising management plans and implementing safe, personal and effective care.

You will be required to practice in a professional and self-directed manner with confidence and expertise.

You will be expected to provide strong leadership to both the nursing, medical and surgical teams across all of our departments, ensuring episodes of patient care are managed thoroughly.

We are continuously looking at ways in which we can improve our services therefore you will be required to partake in audit and research, and quality improvement initiatives within the Surgical Division.

This role can be demanding therefore evidence of effective organisational and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm and flexibility will need to be demonstrated.

About us

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, our vision is to be widely recognised for providing Safe, Personal and Effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 7,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

We are committed to providing a working environment that is supportive, responsive and realistic with the demands we face, whilst taking into account the specific clinical interests of the post holder.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Have a wide knowledge base of common surgical presentations
  • Ability to undertake thorough patient history
  • Competence in clinical examinations
  • Have a thorough understanding of relevant diagnostics
  • Knowledge of investigation interpretation, such as blood, x rays and ECGs
  • Keep up to date with best clinical practice
  • Safely prescribe treatments in line with national and local guidance and formularies
  • Prepare accurate and concise reports
  • Assist with the management of Trainee ACPs within General Surgery
  • Support junior clinicians to plan and manage episodes of patient care
  • Act as a role model for junior clinicians
  • Practice in an autonomous, professional and self-directed manner
  • Partake in audit and research, attending clinical audit sessions as necessary
  • Partake in learning and educational opportunities in order to meet specific learning requirements

Person Specification

Person Specification


  • First level Registered Nurse/Allied Health Professional currently working at an advanced level
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical skills
  • Evidence of effective leadership - supports, encourages and motivates others
  • Detailed knowledge of current best practice in relevant clinical area
  • Documented evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Demonstrate flexibility within the role
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Computer literacy
  • Willingness to undertake and get involved with audit processes and research
  • Understands the principles of Quality Improvement
  • Willingness to undertake Advanced Life Support training
  • Post-registration clinical experience (or equivalent) normally minimum of 2 years


  • Evidence of Quality Improvement initiatives/project work
  • Demonstrates ability and knowledge on how to undertake audit and feedback to clinicians
  • Up to date Advanced Life Support training

Professional Body


  • Holds professional registration with governing body (NMC/HCPC)



  • MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Non-Medical Prescribing qualification


  • Teaching or Mentoring qualification
  • Evidence of Minor Surgical Skills training and completed competencies

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust



Haslingden Road



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