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Emergency Nurse Practitioner


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Full time: 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Accident & Emergency Level 5
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum excl HCA
Salary period
23/03/2021 08:00

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Job overview

This role description gives an overview of the ENP role in the Emergency Department and Urgent Treatment Centre at The Whittington. The ENP is expected to work collaboratively with the whole of the multidisciplinary team in order to be able to fulfil the role as outlined below.

The ENP/NP/ECP is a Senior Nurse (or Care Practitioner e.g. paramedic) that has a clearly defined role within the Emergency Department (ED) and collocated Urgent Treatment  Centre (UTC). The postholder will complement the role of practice staff in providing unscheduled care in the Emergency Department, Urgent Treatment Centre and Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC).

The ENP/NP/ECP is trained to an advanced level to work autonomously within defined parameters to deliver care to patients attending the Emergency Department/Urgent Treatment Centres without reference to a doctor, and will provide expert and specialist advice to patients and the multidisciplinary team.


Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. 

The Trust  believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • Carry out initial patient contact assessments so that people attending the UTC may be signposted, treated or referred on as appropriate.
  • Clinically autonomous practitioner for patients attending the Emergency Department/UTC
  • Work autonomously to manage own caseload of patients whilst working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care including formulating a working medical diagnosis for patients presenting with undifferentiated urgent or emergency health care problems.
  • Order and interpret diagnostics tests and make referrals and or discharge.
  • Administer medication within Patient Group Directions or if qualified and appropriate, via Independent Prescribing.
  • Be a resource of clinical knowledge and expertise to nurses and doctors alike.
  • Working flexibly to suit the needs of the service.
  • Provide specialist knowledge and advice within the UTC to maximise patient and professional use of community healthcare options and reduce dependence on the UTC.


  • Provide evidence based practice through the use of latest research based guidelines and the development of practice based research.
  • Practice in continuing professional development to ensure up to date evidence-based knowledge and competence in all aspects of the role is maintained.
  • Work within the latest NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Record accurate consultation data in patients records in accordance with the latest NMC guidance and other pertinent standards.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within and external to the Emergency Department.
  • Demonstrate daily ownership of the UTC.
  • Contribute to the development of local guidelines, protocols and standards. Educational
  • Be aware of current nursing trends and development in nursing.
  • Act as a point of reference and guidance for junior nurses and doctors in the Emergency Department.
  • Act as an ENP/NP/ECP mentor and facilitator.
  • Teach and examine nurses undertaking the Diploma in Autonomous Practice course at Higher Education Institutions.
  • Undertake teaching sessions within the Emergency Department relating to Emergency Nurse Practitioner skills.
  • Participate in development opportunities to enhance and expand the scope of professional practice delivered by Autonomous practitioners within Emergency and Urgent Treatment directorate.

Note on Autonomous Practice

The ENP/NP/ECP practices clinical autonomy with respect to patients presenting with a wide range of injuries, illnesses and ailments, within clinical governance limits. The ENP/NP/ECP will work to national and hospital guidelines in relation to ‘evidence based best practice’, he/she will exercise his/her judgement in seeking specialist medical/surgical or orthopaedic opinion or will proceed to definitive treatment within his/her scope of professional practice. The ENP/NP/ECP is authorised to discharge patients without reference to any medical clinician within clinical governance limits.

The ENP/NP/ECP is individually responsible for his/her professional development in line with the Code of Professional Conduct.

The ENP/NP/ECP will:-

  • Ensure that he/she remains up to date with the developments and proactively uses his/her knowledge to develop the service.
  • Undertake clinical audit and apply the results to improve care delivery. Education and Training   
  • Audit
  • The ENP/NP/ECP will also be required to teach and examine nurses undertaking the Diploma in Autonomous Practice course at Higher Education Institutions.
  • The ENP/NP/ECP has a responsibility for delivering an educational or training package as guided by the Emergency Department, Professional Development Nurse. As an ENP/NP/ECP it will be required on you at all times to take on an educator role in promoting the ENP/NP/ECP service to all avenues of health care.

This is an integral part of the ENP/NP/ECP role and the ENP/NP/ECP is responsible for undertaking clinical audit to measure the effectiveness of the new service and delivering the findings to improve the service.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • Commitment to maintaining own fitness for practice through maintaining a personal profile of practice
  • • Diagnostic skills
  • • Xray interpretation
  • • Physical Assessment skills
Desirable criteria
  • • Primary Care skills, or willingness to expand field of knowledge and practice


Essential criteria
  • • Awareness of current Issues in the NHS nursing practice and education
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Decision making skills Understanding of appropriate health and safety legislation
  • Understanding of audit process
  • Proven use of evidence based practice
Desirable criteria
  • • IT competent


Essential criteria
  • • Minimum of 1 year as ENP/NP/ECP in an Urgent Care /Emergency Department /primary care setting.


Essential criteria
  • • RGN/RN (Adult). Relevant post registration qualification relevant to this post.
  • • Recozed Autonomous nurse Practitioner Qualification
  • • Evidence of own continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • • Relevant post registration qualification relevant to this post (ENB 199) or equivalent.
  • • Masters or working towards
  • • Independent Nurse Prescriber
  • • Supplementary Nurse Prescriber
  • • Physical / Systematic Assessment qualification
  • • Primary Care qualification


Essential criteria
  • • Flexible approach to work
  • • Professional attitude
  • • Positive attitude to change
  • • Multi-disciplinary team working
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Michelle Scully
Job title
Service Manager
Additional information

For further information please contact ED Matrons on whh-tr.EDMatron@nhs.net or telephone 0207 288 5100/5516

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3762