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Rapid Response Advanced Practitioner

Band 8a

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Band 8a
Permanent: Please note the post holder will be expected to work weekends and bank holidays
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (8am-8.30pm Monday to Sunday cover)
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Croydon Health Services
per annum inc of HCAS
04/10/2022 23:59

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination uptake as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19.


Job overview

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the role in job description and person specification

Main duties of the job

Our vision is for the people of Croydon to experience well-co-ordinated care and support in the most appropriate setting, which is truly person-centred and helps them to maintain their independence.

Living Independently for Everyone- LIFE

Croydon Health Services are in a new Alliance Partnership with other health and social care providers in Croydon and the LIFE service is one of our new integrated service models. This means bringing together health and social care teams who work to support people to remain independent and healthy in particular to prevent admissions to hospital and shorten hospital stays.

          The Rapid Response Service is an admission avoidance service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The post holder will require advanced assessment skills and have the ability to prescribe a plan of care that will support patients with complex needs through an acute episode in the community in order to avoid a hospital admission. The candidates will need to be motivated and innovative with strong leadership and communication skills, to support the development of community services.


Working for our organisation

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon. 

These include:
• Croydon University Hospital
• Purley Hospital
• The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre in Thornton Heath
• Community bases at Purley, Sanderstead, New Addington, Broad Green, Woodside
• A minor injuries unit in New Addington

The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 3,500 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.

Our Vision:

“Excellent integrated care for you and your family, when and where you need it”

Our 5 key ‘Here for you’ promises to the people of Croydon are:

• You feel cared for by helpful and welcoming staff
• You feel in safe hands with highly professional staff
• You feel confident in your treatment from skilled teams of compassionate clinicians
• You feel we value your time with convenient appointments, minimal waiting and care closer to home
• You feel it’s getting better all the time as we continue to improve our services 

We are one of 17 Trusts in the country who have been accepted as national pioneers on staff engagement and empowerment, through the adoption of "Listening into Action" as a new way of working. The approach we are taking to “Listening into Action” is new and different. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the role in job description and person specification

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MSC in Advanced Clinical Practice Or In process of completing MSC in Advanced Clinical Practice but has already completed Independent non-medical prescriber (V300) and has at least 2yrs practice with wide scope of practice
  • Relevant professional health degree (nursing or Paramedic Practitioner)
  • Current registration with NMC, HCPC and or other statutory body
  • Mentor
Desirable criteria
  • Research and development


Essential criteria
  • At least 3yrs Leadership experience at Band 7 or above
  • Proven experience of working as an independent practitioner
  • In-depth knowledge of recent NHS legislation, relevant to community.
  • Experience of leading, planning and completing audit / research
  • Experience of teaching and mentoring of staff across the multi-disciplinary team.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of applying research in practice.
  • Experience in the management telehealth within the community setting


Essential criteria
  • Advanced clinical skills
  • Able to work as an autonomous practitioner
  • Able to demonstrate care which reflects evidence based practice.
  • Evidence of quality improvement, monitoring and developing quality outcome measures
  • Ability to manage acute disease and crisis care
  • Leadership skills with ability to engage and deliver change through negotiation and partnership working
  • Management skills with team building abilities
  • Ability to manage complexity and develop and sustain partnership working with both individuals and across organisations
  • Ability to manage high pressured situations
  • Able to prioritise workload, achieving a balance between clinical and other aspects of role
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of recognised knowledge/skills in service improvement.
  • Previous in-reach experience to Emergency Departments and Same Day emergency Care


Essential criteria
  • Car driver, current UK licence and access to car for work purposes.
  • Flexible to meet the needs of 7 day, extended hours community service

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDCapital Nurse, LondonListening into Action (LiA)No smoking policyLondon Living Wage is a voluntary commitment made by employers, who can become accredited with the Living Wage FoundationPositive about disabled peopleImproving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Aisling Vaugh
Job title
Operational Manager LIFE
Email address
Telephone number
0208 274 6445
Additional information

Nicola Gass

ANP Rapid Response

0208 274 6445