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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/07/2021.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner - Rapid Diagnostic Service

Job Reference: 317-2021-20-050

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Hepatobiliary Surgery Specialty - FH
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

This post offers a fixed term or secondment opportunity for one year from date of appointment, with the potential for an extension to three years following a funding review. If seeking a secondment please ensure you have the support of your line manager before applying.

We are looking for an experienced self-motivated, autonomous and enthusiastic Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) to join the newly developed Rapid Diagnostic Service (RDS) multidisciplinary team alongside the Lead Clinician. This new leadership role will be key in shaping how we transform and deliver diagnostic services within serious non-specific symptom (SNSS) referral pathways. The role will involve assessing, triaging and managing the diagnostic pathway for patients referred from primary care with non-specific (vague), but concerning symptoms who do not meet the criteria for an established 2-week wait referral for other suspected cancer pathways.

Ideally, you will have experience and competency at the required professional level in the assessment and triage of patients presenting with Upper/Lower GI and vague non-specific symptoms, and can demonstrate a high level of clinical autonomy and decision-making, as well as an understanding of processes that enhance patient experience. You will provide direct and indirect care as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and offer supportive clinical leadership to specialist nurses in crosscutting pathways within the Upper/Lower GI and HPB Jaundice RDS services.

Good patient experience is a component to quality services and this role will aim to support the capture of feedback to shape the service, facilitate a single point of contact and develop a partnership approach within the service for patients, their family or carers. It is expected that this role would bring patient experience data from the SNSS pathway development to inform the planned transformation of Upper and Lower GI, acute Jaundice pathways, offering insight into the process required, develop research and facilitate change within those wider RDS and pathway boundaries.

The post would be hosted within the surgical directorate alongside other existing and new posts that will form the RDS team and patient facing administrative support will be provided by a Care Co-ordinator who will be initially line managed by the ACP while the service is modelled.

If you have excellent clinical and communication skills, attention to detail and a proactive nature, as well as the ambition to be responsive in supporting change and improving practices within diagnostic pathways, this could be a new career challenge to develop and expand your skills and we would like to hear from you and receive your application.

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week


For further details / informal visits contact:

Alison East, Nurse Consultant

Email address

Telephone number 0191 2139400

Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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