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Advanced Clinical Practitioner

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust recognises to meet the needs of the population it serves, a multidisciplinary workforce that delivers and promotes advance practice, skills and knowledge is essential. Therefore the Older Persons services are looking to expand its medical cover across the community hospitals to include the Advanced Clinical Practitioner role.

You will be integral in supporting the Multidisciplinary Team in the provision and delivery of the day to day acute and complex care within community hospital setting. You will be a pioneering practitioner who is clinically sound with up-to date knowledge of older person's medicine and care, providing the highest standard of individualised care to patients.

We are looking for candidates who have either completed the qualification, or are currently on the Master's Degree course. This role has the opportunity to be a developmental post, enabling suitable candidates to develop through the completion of a Master's Degree in Advanced Clinical Practice. As a minimum, suitable trainee candidate should already possess an Independent Non-Medical Prescribing and Clinical Assessment qualification. The role will be supported by the completion of all clinical and academic practice demonstrated by the completion of a trust competency document within a set timeframe. and will encompass a 7-day working pattern across all shifts. In due course the role will be incorporated on to the wider Older Peoples medical Rota.

Main duties of the job

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) will use a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making alongside demonstrating the four pillars of practice, Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education and Research in providing healthcare that enables innovative solutions to enhance experience and improve outcomes within their speciality area.

The ACP is accountable for independent clinical assessment, examination, diagnosis, and treatment within an agreed scope of practice. This encompasses a comprehensive assessment of patients with diverse minor injury, minor illness and urgent presentations and develop working diagnosis and treatment plans whilst working without direct supervision.

In addition to this the ACP is also responsible for appropriately referring patients to relevant specialities for any necessary inpatient or outpatient investigations as well as facilitating safe patient discharge.

About us

One of the largest Trusts in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Please note you will be based at East Suffolk North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) within the three East Suffolk Community hospitals: Bluebird Lodge (STARR centre), Aldeburgh and Felixstowe Community Hospitals and also other aspects of older peoples medical services.

Person Specification



  • oCompleted or portfolio of supervised practice in advanced clinical practice, or equivalent.
  • oEvidence of continued professional development.
  • oEvidence of clinical work in an autonomous role
  • oEvidence of recent teaching, mentorship, and supervision of staff
  • oEvidence of multi - professional working


  • oEvidence of involvement in change management
  • oEvidence of quality improvement methodology and audit experience



  • Professional Registration with either NMC, or HCPC.
  • Possession MSc in Advanced Practice or recognised equivalent by HEE Centre Advancing Practice
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (v300) if appropriate to registered profession /role
  • Leadership/management course


  • Possession of 1st degree in a clinical field e.g., Nursing, physiotherapy at a minimum 2:2 classification
  • Evidence of continuing education



  • Demonstrates a high degree of knowledge within specialty
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current developments in the relevant speciality
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilise current research finding in practice
  • Understand, encourage, and support clinical supervision
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and risk assessment/management
  • Knowledge of infection control issues


  • Knowledge of current NHS, professional and educational issues

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital



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