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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/10/2021.

Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Job Reference: 210-2021-867

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Advanced Clinical Practitioner
Ellesmere Port Hospital, Ellesmere Port
£40,057 - £45,839 pa

At the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we pride ourselves on not only leading through clinical excellence, but also by creating an environment where all staff are valued and appreciated. The Trust has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality patient care and is nationally accredited at the highest levels in many areas, in particular clinical outcomes and patient safety.

Our Vision for the Trust is to deliver NHS care locally that makes our staff and our community proud. We want our patients to be assured they will receive care as rapidly as possible in a first-class environment that is Safe, Kind and Effective.

Our High Performance Culture will support everyone to be the best version of themselves by being true to our Trust vision, values and behaviours.

We welcome applications from colleagues from our local and neighbouring communities of all backgrounds and identities, who are currently under-represented within our region such as colleagues with disabilities, and Black, Asian and Minority ethnic.

As a region we are reviewing the way we work, and we are keen to explore how new working practices that support flexible working and create a positive work-life balance can assist those from different backgrounds. As part of our recruitment process we will explore how our inclusive employment policies, flexible working, staff engagement forums, Trust facilities and services can be of mutual benefit.

Working hours: 37.5 per week

The National Health Service (NHS) has a number of sub-acute services that have developed in recent years from the guidance of NHS white papers such as the NHS Long term plan (2019) and NHS five year forward view (2014), which recommend for NHS trusts to deliver more care and services closer to a person’s home rather than in acute hospitals.


As pressure on emergency departments across the UK grows, new care models will be pivotal in delivering and relieving some of these pressures by diverting work away from the hospital and into the community.


The NHS England paper (2021) ‘Community health services two hour crisis response guidance’ aims to address this pressure. In Cheshire West, the ‘Hospital at Home’ service will expand its offer of crisis same day response, including monitoring and treatment at home which traditionally has been provided in hospital (such as intravenous (IV) therapy). Its workforce fits the NHS model well in supporting hospital level care at home; experienced General Practitioners, advanced clinical practitioners with prescribing rights and registered nurses offer a 7 day service that runs from 8am-8pm allowing for wrap around care and an excellent patient experience as evidenced in the services monthly feedback from patients.


We are looking for a hard-working, enthusiastic, highly motivated and experienced Registered Nurse/ AHP to join our Hospital at Home team (training as an advanced practitioner) to support this innovative new way of working.


We would welcome applications from registered Nurses/ AHP’s (including paramedics, physiotherapists) with experience in acute medicine as well as the long term health needs of our ageing population. You will be supported with and work towards an advanced practice qualification at Masters level (within 2 years) when upon successful completion you will be uplifted to Band 8a.


The primary focus of the role is to work towards developing into an advanced, autonomous practitioner providing patient-centered clinical care, encompassing the skills of assessment, examination, diagnosis, treatment and discharge of patients. The post is intended to provide improved outcomes for our patients by providing safe, kind and effective care.


If you are looking to join an innovative service at the forefront of real system change, then this is certainly an exciting time to join our existing team.


The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consists of a 600 bedded large District General Hospital, which provides its services on the Countess of Chester Health Park, and a 64 bedded Intermediate Care Service at Ellesmere Port Hospital.


The Trust provides services in all of the surgical and medical specialties common to a District General Hospital with some specialist services. The Trust serves the whole of the local population currently in excess of 250,000 residents which geographically covers populations in England and North Wales.


The Trust strives to continuously improve and sustain the quality of its services for patients, providing care to more than 445,000 patients per year, with our 4,000 staff working together putting quality and patient safety, at the heart of everything we do. The organisation provides a wide range of services offering health care to the whole spectrum of the population from birth to the end of life. The Trust complies with its terms of authorisation as a Foundation Trust.

Traditionally the staff groups across both sectors have been managed separately. In a new collaboration the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to manage and develop intermediate care services across the whole of Western Cheshire in order to deliver seamless care.


Please make sure you read the person specification before applying.


We offer

• Excellent team support

• A supportive and developmental learning environment

• Regular formal and informal supervision provided by experienced  staff

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Claire Hankinson Job title Operations Manager Email address Telephone number 01244 365845

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consists of a 600 bedded large district General Hospital, which provides its services on the Countess of Chester Health Park, and a 64 bedded Intermediate Care Service at Ellesmere Port Hospital. The Trust has almost 4,000 staff and provides a range of medical services to more than 445,000 patients per year from areas covering Western Cheshire, Ellesmere Port, Neston and North Wales.

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The cost of the DBS application is £28 (standard) or £45 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

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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