Advanced Community Practitioner

Lakeside Healthcare Group

The closing date is 26 June 2022

Job summary

This role is part of our new Collaborative Care Team which aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to care where primary, community and voluntary sectors work together to provide tailored support to help people live well and independently at home for longer. Giving them more say about their care and the support they receive and offering more support to those who look after family members, partners or friends.

What we offer you (Benefits)

· Generous holidays (additional long service entitlements)

· NHS pension and continuous service entitlements

· NHS Discounts (Blue light card)

· Development opportunities

· Great team environment

· Lakeside Healthcare is proud to be a Living Wage employer

Main duties of the job

You will be assessing patients with undifferentiated medical conditions, using clinical assessment skills, and organise appropriate treatment plans in conjunction with the patient. You will liaise with GPs and other professionals, make onward referrals and organise diagnostic tests as appropriate. This will involve the provision of evidence based care in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of those with minor illnesses, long term conditions and complex conditions. This may also require the provision of palliative care.

Essential Criteria

1. Clinical Assessment Qualification

2. Independent Prescriber

3. Current experience of working in an independent and semi-autonomous role, diagnosing and treating patients.

4. Demonstrates the ability to manage clinical risk and an understanding of health care governance systems.

5. Ability to priorities, delegate and organize own workload, meeting and achieving deadlines.

About us

LAKESIDE HEALTHCARE is changing the face of primary care provision in England. We are bold, adventurous and ambitious and determined to thrive in uncertain times. We are the largest ‘true’ partnership in the NHS and operate from various sites across the East Midlands. We serve the healthcare needs of over 170,000 patients across Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire & Cambridgeshire.

Lakeside Healthcare Corby operates over 3 sites and are rated as GOOD with CQC. We have 30 people in our nursing team across various roles all supported by our Lead Nurse.

We have a strong team ethos and believe that including those delivering the service in decisions are key to the best patient outcomes so actively engage with all parts of the surgery to achieve this.

We have created a supportive environment through clinical supervision, team and quality meetings and an open and honest working relationship across our team.

We continue to invest in the training and development of our nursing team and recognise the importance of personal as well as organisational development.

As a practice we like to undertake projects to improve both patient and staff experience and have recently signed up to the Green Impact Toolkit for Practices. We also enjoy supporting local and national charitable events and regular social events.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Advanced Community Practitioner: Collaborative Care Team

REPORTS TO: Lead Nurse (Clinically)

Hub Manager (Operationally)


HOURS: Full time (37.5 Hours per week)

Job Summary:

The role of the Advance Community Practitioner (ACP) is to work with the lead GP in developing, leading and providing a proactive and responsive Collaborative Care Team for patients based in our community, promoting a multidisciplinary team approach to provide tailored support that helps people live well and independently at home for longer.

Focusing on the acute minor illness, long-term conditions and complex case management of patients who are considered to be frail, as well as working to maintain the health and wellbeing of patients within the community setting, the ACP is expected to develop and review frailty care plans with patients, family members, partners or friends and contribute to and work with local community and voluntary teams to actively manage the patient’s health whilst giving people more say about the care and support they receive particularly toward the end of their lives. This role will work closely/as part of the Integrated Care Across Northamptonshire (iCAN) program.

Supporting the overarching Lakeside Healthcare Group strategy and service delivery, the CNP provides complete episodes of care for patients with a wide variety and range of presenting problems and health care needs. This encompasses the provision of evidence based, high-quality care for patients whose issues fall within urgent/acute episodes, long-term/chronic conditions and including health promotion and public health elements.

CNPs operating in primary care have a wide range of skills, a broad knowledge base, and the ability to deliver specific aspects of care. At times these will need to be supplemented by the skills of specialist health care professionals in both primary and secondary care and include use of a range of diagnostic and screening services. Although independent practitioners, the CNP act collaboratively with colleagues working in the same area of practice or refer to and share care with colleagues in more specialist areas.

In summary, the post holder is an experienced nurse who, acting within their professional boundaries, will provide care for the presenting patient from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of care. They will demonstrate safe, clinical decision-making and expert care, including assessment and diagnostic skills, for patients within the general practice. The post holder will demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process. They will work collaboratively with a range of multi-professional teams to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures, and providing nurse leadership as required. In order to work at this level, NMC requirements for advanced practice must be met.

As a professional and experienced CNP, the post holder will undertake/demonstrate: -

· An ability to make professional autonomous decisions for which they are accountable.

· An ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed problems.

· Screen patients for disease risk factors and early signs of illness.

· Make differential diagnosis using decision-making and problem-solving skills.

· Develop, with the patient, an ongoing care plan with emphasis on health education and preventative measures.

· Order and follow up on necessary investigations providing treatment and care both individually, as part of a primary care team and through referral to other agencies.

· Work collaboratively with other health care professionals and disciplines.

· An ability to provide leadership, education, and mentorship.

· An ability to provide clear and accurate documentation.

· An appreciation of the importance of confidentiality.

· The ability to assess for safeguarding issues and proactively refer on to relevant organisations / safeguarding teams.

· An acknowledgement of the importance of equality, diversity and the rights of patients, carers, and colleagues. The CNP will demonstrate a non-judgmental and respectful approach to each individual’s circumstances, feelings, beliefs, priorities, and rights.

Person Specification



  • RGN Qualification.
  • NMC 1st level Registration.
  • Educated to Masters Level Nurse Practitioner Pathway.
  • Independent Prescribing Qualification.
  • Evidence of continued professional development.


  • Mentorship course.
  • Clinical Supervision training.
  • Leadership course.
  • Accredited training in chronic disease management.

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

Lakeside Healthcare Group


Cottingham Road



NN17 2UR

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Date posted

10 June 2022

Pay scheme



£44,973 to £54,085 a year



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Job locations

Cottingham Road



NN17 2UR

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