Current Vacancies

Go to a more accessible version of this jobs board
Please wait, loading

Advanced Clinical Practitioner (AMU)

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Acute Medicine
NHS AfC: Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
Full and Part time hours available
Job ref
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
26/03/2023 23:59
Interview date

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

Hello.  My name is Marie, and I am the Senior Matron of the Acute Medical Unit here at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.  I wanted to personally introduce myself and explain to you why you should choose to come and join my team.

The Acute Medical Unit at NNUH is set across three wards currently with a combined bed base of 84 beds plus 9 trolleys.  Much like other AMU’s we receive patients directly from GP’s and the Emergency Department and we ensure all emergency admission patients receive seamless, high-quality care at the point of admission.  We see around 20,000 emergency admissions each year.

Where we differ from other acute units is that NNUH has spent a lot of time in the development of Emergency Care which has led to the expansion of the services offered by the Acute Medical Unit.  This includes Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC), Priority Assessment Unit (PAU) acute medical short stay beds, and advanced care for critically ill patients.

So why join my team?

I’m a realist, acute medicine is busy.  The days are long, and the work is challenging.  As a team we recognize this and make sure that all members of the team are fully supported, and we look after you.  I am lucky to have a fantastic matron as well as four amazing ward sisters supporting the team, and we are also supported by our own clinical educator.  All our doors are open, and we encourage our team to come speak to us.

Main duties of the job

We get to see a huge variety of patients in AMU, and it gives ACPs the chance to enjoy a working environment where you are exposed to lots of different patients and no two days are the same.  NNUH is very keen on career progression; we encourage every single member of our teams to achieve their potential.

To practice as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner within own sphere of competence and agreed acceptable limits of practice.  An Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) is able to use their expert knowledge and complex decision making skills in unpredictable situations (which includes receiving patients with undiagnosed health care problems) and making a differential diagnosis by employing a range of competencies.

This includes the assessment of patients, ordering and interpreting investigations, diagnosis and treatment of appropriate patients without reference to a doctor. In addition the role carries responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, without supervision, and to teach other nursing and non-nursing staff. 

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH’s ‘PRIDE’ values of People focused, Respect, Dedication, Integrity and Excellence

Working for our organisation

What is it like living in Norwich?

It’s great!  I moved here from London and have never looked back.  Our hospital is a modern, purpose build, teaching hospital (no leaky old corridors here) and as Norwich is the driest city in England, we have lots of natural sunlight flooding in.  Norwich is one of few UK cities that still retains a strong local identity and with that a strong sense of community – people walk down the street and say hello to each other, baristas remember my coffee order and you get to know about interesting local projects.

This strong sense of self along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the best city to work in – something we like to show off about.

I would love you to come join my team and not only come work for me but come start a long and rewarding career at our hospital.  If you would like more information, please give me a call on 01603 288873 or send me an email  Any interested candidates are welcome to come for an informal meeting to have a look round and meet the team. 

I’m really looking forward to hearing from you and thank you for your time.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The following skills and experience will be required and are essential for the successful candidates:

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. To be an expert clinical practitioner, who ensure patients receive high quality clinical care including medical diagnosis.
  2. To be a motivated, dynamic practitioner, striving for improvement in care and practice.
  3. To monitor quality and continuity of patient care, lead in nursing audit, taking action to address improvements required.

Clinical and Professional Leadership:

  1. To act at all times as a professional role model using appropriate language to address patients and following Trust standards in care delivery.
  2. To champion patient centred care planning ensuring staff understand their role in building relationships with individual patients and accept the key nurse role.
  3. To uphold Nursing and Midwifery Council/Health and Care Professional Council code and standards, including record keeping and medicines management.

Educational and practice development:

  1. To complete and maintain personal portfolio of skills ensuring that they possess current, relevant knowledge and expertise to practice safely and effectively.
  2. To act as an independent prescriber.
  3. To be held to account for, and continuously improve their skills, competence, capability and knowledge in order to meet service need.

Please refer to the Job Description for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • AHP/Health/Nursing related degree
  • Undertaking required study at level 7 or equivalent experience
  • Advanced Life Support qualification


Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience in AMU or Specialist/Practitioner experience or equivalent other relevant autonomous practice experience which can be accredited or mapped against the essential competencies of this role.
  • Extensive post registration experience, a significant amount to have been in AMU


Essential criteria
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate clinical care.
  • Maintains high standards and quality in own work and encourages others to do the same

Attitude, aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH’s PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldStonewall Health ChampionsMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerArmed Forces CovenantStep into healthNHS Pastoral CareWe offer Wagestream - A financial wellbeing benefit which lets you access your pay as you earn it.

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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Marie Hodge
Job title
Senior Matron of AMU
Email address
Telephone number
01603 288873