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Developmental Acute Response Practitioner

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro-rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Up to 37.5 hours per week.

We are looking to recruit to a developmental opportunity for an Acute Response Practitioner. Recruited into a band 6 role and on completion of recognised qualified (PACR module, level 7) and competences achieve a band 7 Acute Response Practitioner post.

We are looking for skilled and experienced practitioners and leaders working at band 6 to join our team to support our community crisis response and the development and delivery of Plymouths virtual ward programme.

This in an exiting time to join the team as our Urgent Community Response agenda expands and the virtual ward initiative develops to help support people in crisis to remain in their homes. CCRT is a multi-disciplinary team responding to people who need support to prevent unnecessary hospital admission. We are keen to hear from you if you are a nurse, OT, Physiotherapist, Paramedic are keen to develop the skills, to work as an Acute Response Practitioner within the team.

Training and development opportunities and support will be provided to successful applicants, in particular to complete the advanced assessment skills module (on completion post becomes band 7) and develop their competencies to support both patients and the wider team.

Main duties of the job

To provide reactive and proactive assessment, treatment and onward referral for people who are frail or have complex needs. This will be provided as part of community acute response service in patients homes or in their usual residence.

To prevent hospital admission and patient deterioration for people with an acute episode or exacerbation of a long term condition.

This is a community post, working closely with primary care.

To provide high quality person centered care which always considers peoples safety, privacy and dignity using advanced clinical know ledge that is evidence based.

To undertake independent assessment and management of service users to incorporate pharmacological considerations, where appropriate making complex clinical decisions regarding service user management and clinical outcomes.

To provide advanced clinical advice, leadership and support ensuring the needs of the service are met by exercising and demonstrating high levels of clinical judgement, critical analysis and advanced decision making skills.

To manage change, to monitor and improve standards through supervision, evidence based practice, clinical audit, research and education. To promote and demonstrate best practice by integrating evidence into practice

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As this is a developmental role, please see the band 6 and band 7 job descriptions for further information regarding this role.

Meeting band 6 job criteria,essential skills is required for this post.

Person Specification

Specific skills


  • Highly specialised skills in clinical assessment, intervention and
  • evaluation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management and
  • organisational skills
  • Ability to be creative and transpose established treatment methods into
  • a home rehab setting
  • Leadership qualities
  • Skilled in working in teams
  • Innovation



  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up-to-date portfolio.
  • Non-Medical Prescriber or competent in the administration and use of emergency care PGDs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Livewell's strategy relevant to role.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of legislation relevant to area of clinical practice.
  • Experience at Registered Practitioner Band 6 level or equivalent.



  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy/
  • Nursing/Paramedicine.
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body.
  • Minimum 2 years post graduate experience
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training.
  • Autonomous practitioner with experience of managing a
  • caseload
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff and/or assistants
  • Experience of teaching / mentorship
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Computer literate
  • Recognised qualification in written and spoken English if this is not
  • first language


  • Masters Degree
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Group
  • Management training
  • Post graduate board experience across range of clinical areas
  • previous working at senior level
  • Current valid UK driving license

Additional requirements


  • History of employment in community-based post
  • Autonomous practitioner with experience of managing a
  • caseload
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff and/or assistants
  • Experience of teaching
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Experience in rehabilitation
  • Autonomous practitioner with experience of managing a caseload
  • Experience of working with staff from other agencies
  • Experience of hospital avoidance work


  • Previous working at senior level
  • Experience of teaching other professions
  • Management experience
  • Post graduate experience in a broad based rotational post across
  • a range of clinical areas
  • Experience of triaging and prioritizing caseload/referral

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Livewell South West

Mount Gould Road



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