Advanced Dermatology Practitioner
Northampton General Hospital
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This is a very exciting opportunity for an Advanced Practitioner to join and integrate into the existing Dermatology team at Northampton General Hospital.
You will be working as an autonomous practitioner, primarily working in Dermatology Outpatients to carry out extended roles covering various outpatient Dermatology clinics including routine advanced physical assessments of the Dermatology patient.
The post holder will provide safe and effective care through expert knowledge, critical decision making and advanced skills.
They will be responsible for independently managing care through a comprehensive assessment and physical examination of Dermatology patients who present via outpatient referrals.
The post holder will order and interpret diagnostic tests for patients presenting with a variety of Dermatological conditions and will be responsible for compiling management plans, incorporating safe non-medical prescribing practice and will work as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team.
Main duties of the job
This is a new role, and the successful post holder will have completed an MSc in Dermatology and will also have skills in the early detection and intervention of clinical deterioration in existing medical conditions. You will be confident to identify and treat patients requiring Biologics treatment,systemic treatment and patch testing, you will carry out biopsies in clinic independently.
You will lead on tele-derma clinics. Some common examples of conditions you will see, assess and treat will include skin cancers, acne, psoriasis, eczema, contact dermatitis, wounds, and bullous conditions.
Advanced clinical knowledge and skills are required to work as a core member of this team. You will possess evidence of clinical leadership, managing change and possess excellent communication skills with the ability to manage resources, people and situations effectively, whilst keeping a calmhead in a challenging environment.
You will also be keen to advance your skill set, as you will be prepared to complete any extra training required for the role so that you can lead on clinical procedures such as skin biopsies.
Working within your remit, as the Dermatology outpatients ASP, you will autonomously run clinics to assess patients receiving biologics and systemic treatments.
Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.
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We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.
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The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.
We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.
We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.
To practice in compliance with their respective code of professional conduct (NMC/HCPC) and within their scope of practice, being responsible and accountable for their decisions, actions, and omissions at this level of practice.
Uses highly developed clinical knowledge to independently assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatments and interventions for patients presenting via the planned route.
Undertake routine advanced physical assessment of Dermatology patient, including assessing patients prior to each treatment using thorough history taking, clinical examination and arranging relevant investigations (e.g., blood tests)
Hold virtual and face to face clinics, arranging appropriate follow up when necessary, presenting and attending at consultant rounds, prescribing as required within your scope of practice as a non-medical prescriber.
Act on professional judgement and seek help from consultants when required. Working at the level of entrustment, able to demonstrate critical reflection on own practice, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and openness to change.
Preparing dermatology clinic and Outpatient lists in conjunction with the team.
To provide support and advice to nursing, medical in relation to the management of the dermatology patient.
Work in partnership with individuals, families and carers, using a range of assessment methods as appropriate (e.g. history-taking; holistic assessment; identifying risk factors; mental health assessments; requesting, undertaking and/or interpreting diagnostic tests; and conducting health needs assessments). Providing support and advice to patients and their carers relating to their treatment.
Demonstrate effective communication skills, supporting people in making decisions, planning care or seeking to make positive changes, using Health Education Englands framework to promote person-centred approaches in health and care.
To obtain informed consent from patients prior to starting their first treatment/procedure.
Use expertise and decision-making skills to inform clinical reasoning approaches when dealing with differentiated and complex dermatology presentations. Synthesising information from multiple sources to make appropriate evidence-based judgements and/or diagnoses.
Prescribes and reviews medication (as an independent non-medical prescriber) related to dermatology pathways for therapeutic effectiveness appropriate to patient need and in accordance with best/evidence-based practice and national and local protocols and within the roles scope of practice and legal framework.
Initiate relevant investigations to enable timely diagnosis and facilitate early decision making.
Independently request and interpret diagnostic tests (e.g., blood test, and x rays), providing appropriate and timely management as required.
To utilise professional judgement and understand scope of practice. To be accountable for own actions and to seek help appropriately in practice.
Use advanced communication skills to communicate sensitive, complex condition related information to patients/carers.
Provide an expert dermatology opinion and review for patients referred to dermatology, liaising with consultants to determine clinical management plans.
To liaise and work closely with relevant multidisciplinary teams, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless service for patients.
To provide expert support for anxious patients and/or relatives demonstrating empathy and understanding in a professional manner. Provide empathetic support when involved in the process of giving patients and/or relatives bad news e.g., change in condition.
Promote and deliver specialist evidence-based care for patients presenting with dermatology conditions.
Act as an expert practitioner and positive role model, providing specialist clinical advice.
To lead a seven day a week nursing rota, ensuring availability for consultations to patients presenting with dermatological problems.
To work in collaboration with the MDT to identify areas of development to enhance the specialist nursing service and improve patient experience.
Work closely with other colleagues across Dermatology team and implement a robust pathway for all dermatology patients.
Work collaboratively with an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources, developing, maintaining, and evaluating links to manage risk and issues across organisations and settings.
Leadership & Management
Lead the development of the Dermatology outpatient service in line with national directives. Interpreting national directives and implementing at a local level.
Pro-actively initiate and develop effective relationships, fostering clarity of roles within teams, to encourage productive working.
Role model the values of the organisation, demonstrating a person-centred approach to service delivery and development.
Lead the development of information for health care professionals on the role of the dermatology outpatient service.
To lead the development and implementation of protocol/guidelines to support the development of the dermatology outpatient service.
Support the implementation of Dermatology collaboration across the County, exploring opportunities to share best practice and unite the service to improve patient care.
Lead new practice and service redesign solutions in response to feedback, evaluation and need, working across boundaries and broadening sphere of influence.
Complete audits for the dermatology service to demonstrate compliance with the National Quality and local Standards.
Evaluate own practice, and participate in multi-disciplinary service and team evaluation, demonstrating the impact of advanced clinical practice on service function and effectiveness, and quality (i.e., outcomes of care, experience and safety.
Provide clinical leadership to the financial stability of the Directorate identifying and supporting the delivery of the effective use of resources.
Act as a member of BDNG, actively participating in meetings and regional audits.
Support the Associate Director of Nursing on the business cases that relate to the Dermatology service.
Knowledge and Experience
Key Competencies/Personal Attributes
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