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NHS AfC: Band 8a
Permanent: Shifts - over 7 days
  • Full time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week (Shifts , working 7 days)
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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Smithfield 1 Building
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
07/12/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Virtual Ward Advanced Clinical Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Job overview

 This post is part of the Acute Care at Home service which is responsible for the Unscheduled Care Co ordination Centre (UCCC), Community Rapid Intervention Service (CRIS) and the Community Virtual Ward Service (CVWS)

We are looking for enthusiastic, innovative and engaging individuals, who have a passion for the delivery of high quality patient care within the community. The candidates will have to be able to prioritise their own workload without supervision, have an excellent patient focussed approach and be able to use their initiative as well as work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Our General Acute Medicine and Frailty Virtual Ward is a new and innovative Service, that has an agreed admission criteria and works in partnership with supporting care services to deliver acute care in the patient’s own home. The aim of a virtual ward is to reduce length of acute hospital stay and/or avoid hospital admission; this leads to quicker recovery and reduces disruption to patients’, and their carers’ lives. This means we can proactively manage people living with frailty at home, and for those that have a sub-acute episode we can improve a patient’s experience and outcomes. In addition, this means we have more space in our hospitals for acutely unwell patients and reduces the pressure on urgent care.

Come and join us for a Virtual Ward Recruitment Information day on 16th November 2022 if you are interested in applying but want to know further information drop in and see us at the Smithfield One Building, Leonard Coates Way, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DR between 9.00am-6.00pm




This is a re-advertisement as we did not fill all of the vacancies


Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a Registered Healthcare Professional and hold an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice or equivalent at MSc level to be agreed as part of the application process. They will be an independent Non-Medical Prescriber. They will practice at an advanced level demonstrating in depth knowledge and competence in all aspects of acute care within the patient’s home setting & environment, encompassing enhanced assessment, critical thinking and clinical management skills that are evidence based and deliver high quality patient centred care.
The post holder will have both UHNM and MPFT responsibility to promote clinical excellence in the care of patients referred to or managed by the Virtual Ward by providing clinical advice and support to nursing staff and other health care professionals. They will provide expert professional and independent clinical care which enables the coordination of a multi professional seamless service for all patients referred through the CRIS and Virtual Ward service.
The role will include developing audit and research projects within their sphere/ area of practice, and participating in up-dating and implementing departmental policies, protocols and guidelines, in line with national guidance and contemporary evidence

Working for our organisation

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The ACP will provide an alternative medical workforce within a new service providing acute care to patients in their own home / place of residence. The ACP will work as an autonomous expert within the patient’s home environment providing acute assessment, Intervention and medical management plan for that patient.
A list of main tasks and duties are outlined below but are not exhaustive due to the evolving nature of this role and service.
Use highly developed clinical knowledge to independently assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatments and interventions for patients presenting with an undifferentiated diagnosis referred by external agencies in to the Virtual Ward Service
Undertake physical examination as indicated by the patient’s condition; autonomously analysing complex clinical signs and investigation results to consider differential diagnoses and diagnose conditions, initiating treatment as required.
Perform clinical procedures appropriate to the history and physical examination of the patient, including further invasive testing and treatments requiring highly developed skills and precision, including (but not limited to) catheterisation, cannulation, peripheral arterial blood gas sampling as relevant within the patient’s own home setting.
Request investigations such as blood, urine and other laboratory tests, electrocardiographs (ECGs), ultrasound scans, X-Rays and computed tomography (CT) scans in accordance with IR(ME)R regulations and as local policy allows.
Autonomously formulate appropriate management plans for patients, formulate clinical decisions and often complex treatment plans to manage acute illness and acute episodes of chronic illness including referral, admission or discharge.
Continuously revaluate findings and clinical response to treatment and establish an appropriate ongoing management plan accordingly.
Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately in complex, urgent and emergency situations, including initiation and leadership of resuscitation.
Manage regularly clinical events involving patients often requiring unpredictable and high levels of physical effort according to the patient’s dependency and clinical need.
Prescribe and review medication (as an independent prescriber) for therapeutic effectiveness appropriate to patient need and in accordance with best/evidence based practice and national and local protocols and within the role’s scope of practice and legal framework.
Integrate both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment in patient care/management plans.
Assess patients with mental health needs using local policy and guidelines and refer to appropriate services.
Communicate effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and others using appropriate communication styles. Anticipate barriers to communication and ensure patients and significant others are kept fully informed and consent to treatment.
Work in partnership with the existing senior multi-disciplinary teams, driving service development and change.
Manage conflicting views and liaise between groups where there may be conflict.
Highlight and address areas of witnessed poor practice and manage the situation appropriately.
Manage staff performance, training and supervision of trainee ACPs including annual appraisals.
Support staff development in order to maximise potential, encouraging everyone to learn from each other and from external good practice.
Support patients, carers, relative’s and staff during difficult situations arising in the clinical area e.g. breaking bad news or following an unexpected event
Produce accurate and complete documentation and patient records consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
Possess excellent time management and personal organisation skills.
To be an available knowledge resource in how to initiate and manage the impact of change
Develop and contribute local guidelines, interpreting and adapting national protocols and standards to enhance patient care and safety.
To be aware of budgetary constraints within the department and manage resources appropriately and encourage others to do likewise.
Ensure appropriate representation and participation in departmental meetings as appropriate for role.
To actively contribute and provide leadership with service development plans within the directorate.
Take responsibility for own learning and performance including participating in clinical supervision and maintaining awareness of relevant research evidence.
Develop health promotion and education in conjunction with other health care professionals ensuring that all patient care within the multi-disciplinary team is based on research and best practice.
 Act as a constant source of clinical and theoretical knowledge for all grades and disciplines of staff as well as patients and their significant others, providing support and clinical advice in specialist areas, based on evidenced based research.
Possess proficient typing, IT and computer skills. Use audio/visual equipment to record and impart information and research.
Prepare and deliver presentations and participate in workshops on a local, regional and national level, to ensure the communication of good practice.
Work with the MDT to further develop appropriate clinical pathways and care approaches. To disseminate learning and good practice gained to other team members.
Design, coordinate and undertake collaborative audit, research and development into Oncology and related practices.
Planning, delivering and implementing programmes of education and training for trainee ACP’s, nurses, medical and other disciplines and continue to be involved in their ongoing support.
Undertake/ participate in research/ audit and publish findings.
Support Trust research and development plans
Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct
Ensure that own practice is kept updated, using an acceptable model of clinical supervision.
Take every opportunity to expand own practice in line with the Professional codes for the discipline. Identify personal career development pathway as part of formal appraisal system.
Through supervision and mentorship identify personal learning needs, participate in personal continuing education and other activities to promote own personal growth.
Develop clinical knowledge and professional skills through relevant training.
Adhere to occupational health guidelines at all times.
Be able to work on own initiative – independently and as a team.
Be able to read and interpret extensive policy documentation; sometimes of a clinical nature requiring periods of intense concentration.
Communicate with enthusiasm and conviction; motivating, inspiring and encouraging.
Utilise and demonstrate sensitive communication styles to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment.
Anticipate barriers to communication.
Communicate effectively often about complex, sensitive and potentially distressing information with patients with carers.
Create a trusting partnership with patients and/or relatives in order to communicate and explain complex medical issues including new diagnoses and agree a management /treatment plan.
Ensure awareness of sources of support and guidance such as PALS and provide information in an acceptable format to all patients recognising and referring any difficulties and referring where appropriate.
Be responsible for the delivery of a detailed, accurate and potentially complex clinical handover to other specialities and General Practitioner’s. To produce detailed and accurate written information within the medical notes or medical IT system regarding all clinical assessments, investigations completed and requested and treatments administered
Maintain confidentiality as required by professional, local and national policy, but acknowledge situations where there can be a breach of confidentiality.
Be able to recognise and defuse potentially aggressive and violent individuals/situations in line with local policy and legal frameworks
Interpret national and local policy regarding virtual wards and make recommendations regarding the way in which this should be applied to the service
Role involves a mixture of driving, assessments in the patient’s home, sitting at a computer to update patients records, managing emails

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Current NMC Registration first level Nurse essential
  • Clinical Based Master’s Degree in Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Registered Independent Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Teaching/supervision and assessment skills.
  • working in a team
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of providing acute care within a community setting and/or service
  • Evidence of autonomous decision making within a patient’s own home
  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the mentorship and development of junior healthcare professionals
  • Flexable


Essential criteria
  • working with others

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Lesley Roberts
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Operational manager
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Additional information

Come and join us for a Virtual Ward Recruitment Information day on 16th November 2022 if you are interested in applying but want to know further information drop in and see us at the Smithfield One Building, Leonard Coates Way, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DR between 9.00am-6.00pm


Due to financial restrictions within the project at this stage unfortunately we are unable to support sponsorship of out of country visa applications


North Staffordshire clinical posts (based at Smithfield One building) there are vacancies within both UHNM and MPFT



Please contact Lesley Roberts Head of Operations (email or telephone 0300 123 0989) or Sarah Piggott, 
Programme Manager for the Virtual Wards ( for any further information or to discuss further