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Rapid Response Advanced Practitioner
NHS AfC: Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
  • Flexible working
30 hours per week
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Fylde Coast
£50,952 - £57,349 per annum
Salary period
07/06/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Advanced Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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. The organisation also 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. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

Work as an Advanced Practitioner within the Rapid Response Service to provide assessment and interventions to meet Community health Services  two hour crisis response standard guidance

Main duties of the job

The Rapid Response Team is pleased to have secured additional resource to meet the requirements of the Community health services two-hour crisis response service guidance.

We have a well-established integrated service and are now seeking Advanced Practitioners to join us supporting people in their usual place of residence during a crisis.

Crisis may be due to a clinical condition which is a new or acute problem such as infection, an exacerbation of a chronic condition or a social crisis such as breakdown of unpaid carer arrangements causing an immediate health risk.

The Rapid Response Team provides an alternative pathway that will treat people at home where it is safe to do so to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and facilitate early safe discharge. 

As an Advanced Practitioner you will have experience of working collaboratively within a community or acute setting, have excellent assessment, intervention, and communication skills.

You will be able to carry out comprehensive assessments and make autonomous decisions based on the data obtained. You will be a key decision maker on the patient’s pathway during and post crisis.

You will support staff within the team through remote advanced consultation and clinical advice and supervision.

We will provide interdisciplinary induction, clinical supervision, and links to Primary Care Networks for prescribing and clinical support.


Working for our organisation

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As attached

Receive patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed problems, making an assessment of their health care needs, based on highly-developed nursing or AHP knowledge and skills, including skills not usually exercised by nurses, such as physical examination.

Screen patients for disease factors and early signs of illness.

Make differential diagnoses using decision-making and problem solving skills.

Develop with the patient a care plan for health and well-being to be implemented during crisis and post crisis response

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

Have a supportive role in helping people to manage health or social crisis and live with illness.

Have the authority to admit or discharge patients from their caseload, and refer patients to other health care providers as appropriate.

Work collaboratively with other health care professionals and disciplines. Provide a leadership and consultancy function as required.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Clinical based Post-graduate Degree
  • MSc Advanced Practice (or working towards)
  • Five years post registration experience of which 3 years’ experience are within speciality at a senior level
  • Non-Medical Prescriber (V300)
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development
  • Current registration with the NMC or HCPC
Desirable criteria
  • Management Qualification
  • Post basic qualification in speciality

Experience and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of extensive expert professional/clinical knowledge in acute care.
  • Specialist clinical training and CPD in managing long term conditions.
  • Effective communicator able to communicate complex and highly sensitive information
  • Evidence of relevant involvement in meeting the Trust clinical governance objectives
  • Evidence of effective people management and leadership skills
Desirable criteria
  • Can demonstrate assertiveness, tact and diplomacy appropriately
  • Evidence of working in the community setting
  • Evidence of involvement in policy and practice change
  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the mentorship and development of nurses and nursing practice or AHP’s

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to: • Prioritise against tight deadlines and work under pressure • Work on own initiative • Identify trends for analysis. • Deal with confidential information. • Work as part of the interdisciplinary team • Prioritise and demonstrate effective time management and organisational skills. • influence & motivate others • Use own initiative • Use IT systems

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sue Townson
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Recruiting Manager
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Sue Townson Team Leader 01253 951068

Sarah Welsby Clinical Specialist Occupational therapist

01253 951068

Debbie Bates Head of locality

01253 951435

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