Lead Advanced Care Practitioner (Community)

East Cheshire NHS Trust

The closing date is 24 May 2022

Job summary

East Cheshire NHS Trust are looking to recruit a Lead Advanced Care Practitioner in Congleton and Holmes Chapel (CHOC)

Permanent position

Hours variable; minimum 30 hours - maximum 37.5 hours per week

CHOC Care Community team is an an integrated multidisciplinary team of professionals namely Nursing, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. The team works collaboratively with the wider care community services such as the local authority and voluntary sector. The Care Community is aligned to the Primary Care Network

The Lead ACP will provide clinical leadership for the integrated team in particular the acute home visiting service enabling people to remain in their own homes and prevent avoidable Accident and Emergency attendances to support adults with a health/social crisis at home. The service also supports the Discharge 2 Assess initiative to provide timely assessment for rapid hospital discharge.

As the Lead ACP you will work alongside the Care Community Coach and Clinical Lead working strategically, contributing to the planning and development of integrated services, acting as a driver for change and ensuring standards of care and best practice in line with up to date evidence base.

Travel is essential to this role, please demonstrate this in your application how you will meet these requirements.

Main duties of the job

To undertake advanced clinical assessment of patients with differential and undiagnosed illness or exacerbation of existing conditions using advanced clinical skills, critical thinking, decision making and risk analysis to provide safe, high quality, evidence based care preventing unnecessary acute hospital admissions, supporting patients in their own homes for longer and preventing premature admissions into long term care facilities

To provide proactive caseload management and acute intensive support/ intervention to manage clinical episodes/care in partnership with patients, families and other health and social care professionals

Provision of advanced practice support to members of the multi-professional team through provision of professional advice, consultancy, clinical expertise and leadership to patients, carers and staff. This will be done in collaboration with senior colleagues within the team and will require demonstration of advanced skills and competencies to influence the delivery of programmes of care in the management of patients

To work alongside the Care Community Coach and Clinical Lead to work strategically, contributing to the planning and development of integrated services, acting as a driver for change and ensuring standards of care and best practice in line with up to date evidence base.

About us

East Cheshire NHS Trust is the right employer for you. An organisation with a real sense of community we actively support and develop our staff to ensure our patients receive the best quality care, delivering the right care first time, every time.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters so that we can manage individual and environmental risks, and so that we can support those who may be undecided about vaccination. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information athttps://www.eastcheshirehrdirect.nhs.uk. There is a current Government consultation underway which will determine whether some new starters may need to be vaccinated.

Please be aware that this post requires an Enhanced with Barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost of which is payable by the successful candidate. If you have lived or worked abroad for 6 months or more in the last 5 years you will need to obtain an overseas police clearance. Further information can be found on the additional information links at the bottom of the advert.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification located under the Supporting documents heading to read more about the advertised role.

As part of making your application we encourage you to review the Trusts Careers webpage www.careersateastcheshire.nhs.uk for more information about working for East Cheshire NHS Trust.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. The Trust is a Disability Confident Leader and as such, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close the advert prior to the advertised closing date should we receive a large number of applications.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Person Specification



  • Registered Health Professional First Level degree or relevant qualifications
  • MSc Advanced Practice or equivalent Clinical masters ( must incorporate physical examination/diagnostics and independent Non-Medical Prescribing)
  • Management/Leadership Qualification or attendance at equivalent Leadership Study Days (Masters qualification or equivalent)


  • Communication/ counselling skills training
  • Teaching qualification/module
  • Manchester Triage trained



  • Advanced knowledge of the pathology of disease and illness processes
  • Advanced knowledge of the effects of the ageing process and needs of vulnerable adults in relation to their health and well-being
  • Clear and demonstrable evidence of advanced, autonomous practice in the management of patients / service users
  • Professional awareness and knowledge of the National agenda/developments and innovations in community nursing and primary care
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Evidence of extensive expert professional/clinical knowledge managing acutely unwell patients in the community, primary or acute setting.
  • Knowledge and experience of chronic disease management and long term conditions


  • Knowledge of the integration of local and interagency strategies
  • Knowledge of local health needs strategies



  • Able to sustain and develop relationships across professional boundaries Leadership skills and excellent decision making capabilities
  • Able to effectively manage resources e.g. prescribing, specialist equipment, continence
  • Problem-solving, prioritising and delegating appropriately Time management


  • Able to actively participate at strategic level to highlight clinical needs/gaps and aid in the implementation of service development



  • Evidence of extensive experience and transferable skills within an advanced practice role within a related setting
  • Previous experience of managing change and project management


  • Evidence of senior community nursing, long term condition management or primary care experience.
  • Understanding of frailty and end of life processes.
  • IRMER trained
  • Experience of leading, planning and completing audit/research.
  • Experience of undertaking investigations e.g. HR and Root Cause analysis

Specific Job Requirement


  • Reflective practitioner, flexible and adaptive Self-motivated and able to use own initiative.



  • Ability to meet travel requirements

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

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

East Cheshire NHS Trust


CHOC Care Community and BDP Care Community

Canal street


CW12 3AR

Employer's website

https://www.careersateastcheshire.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Denise Baillie



Date posted

10 May 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£47,126 to £53,219 a year Per Anuum, Pro Rata



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

CHOC Care Community and BDP Care Community

Canal street


CW12 3AR

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