ACP - Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ANP)

Affinity Care


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Job summary

We are looking for an experienced advanced clinical practitioner to join us who is passionate about delivering exceptional patient care. The postholder will be proud of their professional achievements and will contribute to our successful practice, work autonomously, and take a lead in performance areas and undertake long term condition management.

We have an excellent group of senior clinicians, including trainers, GPwSIs in cardiology, ENT, dermatology and gastroenterology, all of whom offer leadership, support, guidance and camaraderie within our practice team.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be an independent prescriber; will have experience of delivering face to face and telephone consultations, directing care appropriately and managing complete episodes of care independently. We would like someone with post-registration experience two of which are ideally working in a primary or urgent care environment. We would expect you to hold a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.

About us

Our ethos is to provide patient focused care based on the model of GP-led family orientated general practice tailored to local population needs. Our practices are highly accredited training practices, level 3 research ready sites within an embedded ethos of a learning organisation.

Our established support structure provides:

  • Practice Support Unit (PSU), central reporting, submissions, recall, finance, HR, common protocols and policy
  • Specialist Clinical expertise
  • ACPs integrated with the clinical team
  • Highly developed clinical system delivering templates, protocols and care pathways to support decision making and referrals
  • Prescribing Pharmacist in situ providing medication review and support
  • Monthly organisational level Protected Learning Events

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Role

  • Provide the choice of direct access to a NP, face to face, telephone triage, telephone and video consultations, and e-consult for the general practice population
  • Make professionally autonomous decisions for which he/she is accountable
  • Provide a first point of contact within the service for patients presenting with undifferentiated, undiagnosed problems, making use of skills in history taking, physical examination, problem-solving and clinical decision-making, to establish a diagnosis and management plan
  • Undertake home visits as a contributing member of the Affinity Care home visiting teams
  • Instigate necessary invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tests or investigations and interpret findings/reports
  • To prescribe safe, effective and appropriate medication as defined by current legislative framework
  • Provide safe, evidence-based, cost-effective, individualised patient care
  • Offer a holistic service to patients and their families, developing where appropriate an on-going plan of care/support, with an emphasis on prevention and self-care
  • Promote health and well-being through the use of health promotion, health education, screening and therapeutic communication skills
  • Refer patients directly to other services/agencies as appropriate
  • Contribute to the delivery of specialist primary care services, such as long term disease management (diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease and hypertension) and sexual health
  • Work with nursing, medical and health care assistant colleagues to ensure that National Service Frameworks (e.g. Coronary Heart Disease/Older People/ Diabetes /Mental Health) are being delivered
  • Work with multi-disciplinary team within the Practice and across the wider Primary health and social care community to promote integrated and seamless pathways of care
  • Contribute to the practice achieving its quality targets to sustain the high standards of patient care and service delivery
  • Work across locality sites if required
  • Provide clinical advice concerning care within specialist area
  • Respond to requests for clinical reports, undertake audits that may impact beyond own area
  • Participate in identification of community health needs and develop patient/family-centred strategies to address them
  • Promote health and well-being through health education, patient engagement that impacts on the wider Affinity Care patient population
  • Develop and deliver specialist primary care services, such as long term disease management (diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease and hypertension) and sexual health
  • Help develop and set up new patient services and participate in initiatives to improve existing patient services
  • Be aware of and contribute to planning and delivery of practice-based commissioning
  • Participate in research and development in order to identify innovative ways of working to improve the quality of healthcare

Professional Role

  • Promote evidence-based practice through the use of the latest research-based guidelines and the development of practice-based research
  • Monitor the effectiveness of their own clinical practice through the quality assurance strategies such as the use of audit and peer review
  • Maintain their professional registration
  • Participate in continuing professional development opportunities to ensure that up-to-date evidence-based knowledge and competence in all aspects of the role is maintained, and undertake regular performance appraisals
  • Work within the latest NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Record accurate consultation data in patients records in accordance with the latest NMC guidance and other pertinent standards
  • Keep up to date with pertinent health-related policy and work with the practice team to consider the impact and strategies for implementation
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within and external to the practice
  • Contribute positively to leadership and demonstrate exemplary practice
  • Pro-actively promote the role of the NP within the service and externally to key stakeholders and agencies
  • Encourage and develop teamwork within the practice

Managerial role

  • Identify appropriate opportunities to delegate both clinical and administrative tasks to more junior staff, providing support as needed
  • Help the service operate in a cost-effective manner
  • Participate in audits and inspections as appropriate
  • Participate in service meetings, locality and practice management meetings, reporting progress as required

Teaching and mentoring role

  • Promote a learning environment for patients, colleagues and other health professionals
  • Supervise and support junior members of staff and promote staff development
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of the teaching for existing staff, such as medical students, NP students, GP registrars, Health Care Assistants, within the Practice
  • Deliver clinical presentations and learning sessions for colleagues lead and deliver PLT sessions for the whole organisation
  • Provide mentorship support for members of staff

Person Specification



  • Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice
  • PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Training in advanced clinical skills and examination

Knowledge and skills


  • Understanding of clinical governance and clinical audit
  • Understanding of Caldicott and data protection
  • legislation
  • Understanding and knowledge of policy developments related
  • to the delivery of primary care services including General
  • Practice, the GMS/PMS contract, Clinical Governance, Quality &
  • Outcomes Framework
  • Understanding of systems to gain an understanding of
  • the health needs of the Practice population as they
  • relate to primary care
  • Knowledge of national standards that inform practice
  • (e.g. National Service Frameworks, NICE guidelines etc)
  • Awareness of local and national health policies
  • Clinical examination skills and advanced clinical practice
  • abilities
  • The ability to communicate and interact with the public in a
  • discreet and sensitive manner, recognising their needs for
  • alternative methods and styles of communication.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Competent in the use of clinical systems
  • Ability to provide, receive, convey & present information in a
  • clear way
  • Ability to gain respect from staff and clinicians
  • Optimal utilization of resources
  • A friendly and approachable manner with good
  • people skills.
  • Strong interpersonal capabilities the ability to communicate
  • clearly and effectively with a wide
  • range of individuals both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary
  • team.
  • Demonstrable leadership skills/experience
  • Experience of teaching and mentoring
  • Ability to manage conflicting views to achieve
  • positive outcomes
  • Ability to reconcile inter and intra profession
  • differences of opinion
  • Fresh vision & ideas to help with our service
  • improvement ethos and performance indicators
  • Ability to think strategically


  • Ability to manage resources to ensure delivery of a
  • service/project



  • 3-5 years post registration experience
  • Experience in management long term conditions
  • e.g. asthma, COPD, diabetes, CHD
  • Experience of supporting changes in working practices
  • Proven record of effective use of networking and
  • influencing skills


  • Specialist training and experience in a Specialist area e.g.
  • Womens health, sexual health, COPD
  • Experience of SystmOne

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Affinity Care


Westcliffe Medical Practice

Westcliffe Rd


West Yorkshire

BD18 3EE

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Date posted

12 April 2022

Pay scheme






Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working, Compressed hours

Reference number


Job locations

Westcliffe Medical Practice

Westcliffe Rd


West Yorkshire

BD18 3EE

Town Gate



West Yorkshire

BD12 9NG

Thornaby Drive



West Yorkshire

BD14 6ES

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