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Advanced Practitioner
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (9-5)
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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Queens Resource Centre
£49,178 - £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
25/07/2024 23:59

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Band 7 Advanced Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 7


South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Wandsworth and Richmond.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’.

We launched our five-year strategy, Aiming High; Changing Lives  in 2021 together with Our Care Improvement System as our quality management system methodology  to make a positive impact on patient care, outcomes and staff experience. By joining SLaM, all staff will get the opportunity to be part of this exciting improvement journey supported with learning and development to harness everyone’s potential as change makers.

The trust recognises the unique and valuable contribution that people with lived experience of mental illness can bring to a role. We therefore welcome applications from people with lived experience and consider them as an asset to the Trust. 

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I’m going to do is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you’ll be part of something special.

As a Trust we are happy to talk flexible working.

Job overview

A Registered Mental Health Professional with an established clinical background who has successfully completed a period of academic education and clinical supervision to be competent against the relevant competency requirements for an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. 

Please see attached Job Description for this role.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve a substantial level of direct care and support to services users and carers working within the shift pattern of the team, as well as providing clinical and professional supervision and supporting service development initiatives within the team. It is vital that you have an excellent understanding of safeguarding and practical experience of how it affects your role and the service users you support.

As part of your professional development, you will receive specialist training including the opportunity to undertake specialist Masters level training designed for the role of Advanced Practitioner.

The rota for this role includes working weekends and weekdays between the hours of 8am and 10pm. i.e. early, late or long day shifts making certain that there is always an Advanced Nurse Practitioner on duty during the hours of 8am to 10pm 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Pay Scheme: NHS Agenda for Change Band 7. 

Working for our organisation

The South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust is part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), which includes seven hospitals and over 150 community based services.  It is responsible for seeing two million patients each year, has 25,000 employees and 19,500 students, and a £2 billion annual turnover.  It brings together the best of basic and translational research, clinical excellence and world-class teaching to deliver advances in physical and mental healthcare ( 

The Trust is committed to innovation, effective interventions and improved service user outcomes. It provides mental health and substance misuse services to the people of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon, as well as substance misuse services for people in Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley and some more specialist services to people from across the UK.

The Trust’s core value states that 'everything we do is to improve the experience of people using our services and to promote mental health and well being for all'. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will work as an experienced mental health professional (Nurse, OT or Social Worker) who acting within their own professional boundaries will ensure that all possible alternatives to hospital admission have been thoroughly and carefully explored for those patients who present to the Emergency Department or general hospital wards in a mental health crisis. The post holder will provide a trusted, senior assessment and Home Treatment opinion where admission is being considered by the initial assessor. The post holder will also ensure that in the event a patient is admitted to an acute ward timely reviews are undertaken to ensure discharge occurs at the earliest opportunity.     

Advanced Nurse Practitioners undertake assessments and home visits whilst exhibiting the ability to balance both clinical demands and managerial responsibilities. They will be available shift to shift to consult and take a lead in the treatment of more complex and/or high risk cases demonstrating safe clinical decision-making and expert care, including assessment diagnostic skills and effective interventions. The post holder will be able to demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical decision making process. They will work with the multi-professional team to meet the needs of the service users and provide clinical professional supervision and leadership to the team.

The post holder will need to co-ordinate robust multidisciplinary working and maintain excellent communication and working relationships with all staff across the Home Treatment and Psychiatric Liaison service and the acute wards.  

The post holder will provide management support as delegated by the Clinical Services Lead, including supervision of staff, team training and service development initiatives. It is expected that the post holder be responsible for organising the roster ensuing safe staffing at all times. They will also be expected to deputise for the Clinical Service Lead in their absence.   

Advanced Nurse Practitioners are expected to work either the early or late shift making certain that there is always an Advanced Nurse Practitioner on duty during the hours of 8am to 10pm 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Person specification

Qualifications / Education

Essential criteria
  • (Nurse Advanced) Professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by post graduate diploma specialist training, experience, short courses plus further specialist training to master’s equivalent level.
  • (Social Worker Specialist) Professional knowledge acquired through degree/diploma in social care, supplemented by further specialist knowledge, for example in needs of a specific client group, experience to Masters equivalent level.
  • (Occupational Therapist Advanced) Professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by further training, short specialist courses, to Masters equivalent level.
  • (Psychologist) Doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology or equivalent and Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Recognised leadership qualification or equivalent experience Mentorship Course (or other relevant teaching/assessment course).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.


Essential criteria
  • Three years experience of managing clinical practice in a mental health service.
  • Comprehensive experience at local leadership level within specialty Sound knowledge and understanding of current issues in specialty Experience and knowledge of quality standard setting and audit Experience of implementing and monitoring standards of care.
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and knowledge of methods to develop culturally sensitive practice.
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff.


Essential criteria
  • Specialist clinical knowledge relevant to the service, including evidence based practice.
  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation associated with acute mental health care, including MHA, CPA procedures, Human Rights Act, NSF, Child Protection and NHS Plan.
  • Understanding of the role and function of other organisations providing services to people with mental ill-health.

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Proven leadership skills through experience of leading a team
  • Ability to analyse complex issues/problems, gather relevant information and exercise sound judgement in reaching the most appropriate conclusions.
  • Strong commitment to improving patient services with a clear focus on achieving performance goals
  • Organisational and people management skills
  • Proven ability to effectively manage change
  • Good time management skills, with the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure
  • Competence in provision of clinical supervision
  • Sound IT skills (incl email and office packages)
  • Ability to think and work strategically
  • Teaching and mentorship within a clinical setting
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Clinical examination skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with other client groups and of using a variety of models and approaches to care.
  • Experience of project management.
  • Evidence of undertaking audit work.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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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Sarah Moodie
Job title
Clinical Service Lead
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