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Advanced Nurse Practitioner

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Stoke on Trent
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Old Age
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Advanced Nurse Practitioner : Band 8A, Older Person Mental Health Inpatient Services, Harplands Hospital

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Advanced Nurse Practitioner within Older Persons Mental Health Inpatient Services at the Harplands Hospital. The Advanced Nurse Practitioner will be at the forefront of delivering excellent quality services to improve the care and service to our older adult inpatient services; with this in mind, an opportunity has arisen for a motivated and articulate Advanced Nurse Practitioner to become part of a highly skilled established team. Suitable candidates will have had significant clinical experience working with older adults and be able to demonstrate clinical and strategic leadership experience and qualities.

We are keen to show you any of our services and provide an opportunity to meet some team members, if you would like to arrange an informal visit prior to making an application please email

Main duties of the job

  • Exercise advanced clinical expertise, levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in the delivery of clinical care. Provide advanced clinical skills in relation to assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the service user group. Promote recovery based care programmes and set high standards for the delivery of care to patients and their families and be responsible for delivering high quality mental health care.
  • Work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team providing the highest quality Mental Health care to Service users, their families and carers. The nature of the Service and philosophy of the team may require the post holder to work flexible hours.
  • Contribute to the medical prescribing provision within the team through supportive dedicated non-medical prescribing.
  • Work collaboratively as part of the multidisciplinary team developing shared goals, complementing the roles of others to support and maintain team growth and continuous improvement.

About us

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our team prides themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Team will offer a full induction package.

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring and compassionate person who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country.

In return we offer;

A competitive progressive salary

We cover the cost of your DBS Check (£44)

Competitive staff benefits such as weekly offers and discounts

Individual Personal Development Plan and Career Progression

Excellent pension scheme available

27- 33 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays (pro rata)

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Provide specialist assessment, advice on interventions and treatment plans for service users presenting with mental ill-health within the Older Adult areas.
  • Provide advanced clinical skills and advice demonstrating a sound understanding of the issues related to the identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of service users who have mental ill-health.
  • Lead on innovations and improvements to standards of care through development of care pathways, provision of clinical supervision of practice, clinical audit, evidence based practice, teaching and supporting professional colleagues and the delivery of skilled clinical leadership.
  • Act in accordance with NMC standards and be accountable for own clinical practice and professional actions and omissions at all times. Retain clinical competency ensuring your skills are up-to-date and relevant to the role.
  • Lead on implementation of research into practice and participate in relevant audits and research studies to aid development of the evidence base and to contribute to clinical governance.
  • Exercise advanced level immediate problem solving and decision making skills and contribute to long term planning for future developments both within the immediate clinical area, Trust and local health economy.

  • Clinical Practice
  • Provide complex mental health assessments, diagnosis and formulations using highly developed clinical knowledge and skills; considering differential diagnosis where necessary.
  • Undertake complex clinical decision making through critical analysis of multifaceted clinical situations where at times all information is not freely available and the client group and environment are unpredictable.
  • Provide physical health examinations using highly developed clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Order necessary investigations, formulate problems and diagnose from a bio-psychosocial perspective.
  • Develop complex care plans and implement multifaceted programmes of evidence based care with service users, evaluate and monitor the implemented treatment plans as appropriate
  • Provide treatment through individual and team working and by referral to other relevant agencies.
  • Deliver interventions which demonstrate highly skilled psychological approaches. Ensure that interventions are appropriate to the needs of the patient group and based upon person centred care and recovery and evidence of best practice.
  • Develop proactive and preventative strategies to counteract deterioration of an individuals mental health, promoting the identification of relapse indicators and early interventions.
  • Undertake non-medical prescribing responsibilities and ensure that prescribing remains within the scope of your professional practice and that commitment is made to attend educational updates and peer support provided by the trust.
  • As ANP, review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence practice and national and local protocols.
  • Participate in appropriate and regular supervision pertaining to prescribing and maintain regular updates to ensure competency is maintained.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in non-medical prescribing and in particular within field of expertise. Be aware of prescribing costs and ensure prescribing takes place within a good clinical governance framework.
  • Ensure that appropriate interventions are planned and delivered according to assessed need and in line with best practice guidance.
  • Provide advanced clinical nursing skills appropriate to the role, ensuring clinical competencies are maintained.
  • Provide advice, information and support to team and staff caring for service users with mental ill-health.
  • Provide advanced knowledge and complex advice and support to service users and their carers.
  • Promote a positive practitioner patient relationship and engage with carers / relatives as appropriate.
  • Ensure that child protection and vulnerable adult legislation is adhered to within own practice and service.
  • Lead on the development and evaluation of policies/ guidelines related to expert practice and protocols for advanced and specialist clinical practice taking responsibility for updating and monitoring policies, guidelines, protocols specific areas of expertise.
  • Contribute and lead on the development of care pathways.
  • Provide a highly visible clinical profile, having both an advisory and clinical input into service users care.
  • Prepare accurate and concise clinical verbal and written reports.
  • Deploy effective communication strategies to ensure that information and knowledge is imparted sensitively according to the needs of the service users, carers, staff and students in training.
  • Continually review and evaluate own role and clinical practice informing the annual review process with the team manager and clinical director.
  • Be an active member of relevant trust committees and groups contributing to developing/ implementing local/ national strategy.
  • Plan and manage own workload in a flexible manner, ensuring that service provision meets the needs of service users and carers.
  • Keep relevant records and submit reports in a professionally acceptable manner.
  • Promote a positive relationship with all stakeholders within the service.
  • Contribute to the clinical governance process, including adverse incident reporting / investigation and the management of complaints, as appropriate.
  • Collect and collate data as required by the area of expertise, in order to inform internal and external professional and operational bodies.
  • Relate complex communication processes to individual situations.
  • Be involved in peer review of own practice and that of others.
  • Promote a culture in which positive and proactive engagement and intervention with service users and carers is actively encouraged. Act as a role model and patient advocate in respect of this.
  • React promptly to changes in condition, liaising with other care givers, members of the multi-disciplinary team and other agencies when necessary, reviewing care and communicating any amendments to the care plan.
  • Provide clinical supervision both within and external to the organisation in order to support the development of individuals and practice.
  • Provide clinical advice to team members, ensuring service users receive the most appropriate care based on their clinical need, in an environment that is safe with care provided by appropriately skilled staff within an appropriate time-scale.

  • Leadership
  • Role model standards of care and behaviour through clinical practice, in line with Trust values.
  • Be highly visible in clinical areas.
  • Contribute to the development of MDT/Team objectives for the area of expertise.
  • Act as a role model of standards of behaviour and professionalism, though commitment to the integration of policies and procedures within role and workplace.
  • Contribute to local clinical networks and speciality specific groups, working in partnership with other key professionals.
  • Critically analyse relevant National policy, within area of expertise, advising on impact for service, leading the implementation of changes and evaluation of processes in partnership with the MDT.
  • Maintain professional registration and practice through continued professional development
  • Maintain professional portfolio to demonstrate competency.
  • Maintain personal standards of conduct and behaviour consistent with Trust and NMC guidelines.
  • Monitor and assess own workload through analytical skills and critical reflection.
  • Ensure appropriate use of resources in order to meet service / service user needs.
  • Identify gaps in service provision and work with the MDT to implement the changes required to improve service provision.
  • Participate in the implementation and delivery of the standards set within the trusts nursing strategy.
  • Recognise and act as an advocate for service users, carers, service and organisation.
  • Act as a Change Agent and actively seek to develop practice, leading change as required, influencing others and addressing conflict as needed.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Degree in Nursing
    Experience Essential
    • Significant post qualification experience

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