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Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner Cardiothoracic

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 a year pa/pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
We have vacancies for Trainee Advanced Cardiothoracic Clinical Practitioners based in Cardiothoracic Services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who has a passion for Cardiothoracic Nursing and wishes to expand their clinical skills and follow a clinical career pathway. It is envisaged that our ACPs when trained work at the level of a junior doctor, providing support to the medical teams.

The training will be atAfC Band 6 rising to Band 7 once the post holder has successfully demonstrated the completion of the relevant Advanced Practice Post Graduate Diploma, and a portfolio of evidence containing supervised learning events which demonstrate completion of the clinical element of the core curriculum outlined in the Multi-Professional Advanced Clinical Practice Framework (HEE 2017).

All Trainee ACP positions are offered on a temporary basis subject to completion of the competencies and academic requirements of the Apprenticeship. On successful completion of the Apprenticeship you will be guaranteed a position as a permanent qualified Band 7 ACP within the Trust in the specialism you have completed your Apprenticeship.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as an autonomous (trainee) Advanced Clinical Practitioner working on their own initiative and in collaboration with nursing, medical and allied health professionals within the Cardiothoracic Directorate.
  • To deliver safe, high quality care to patients presenting with a variety of undifferentiated conditions as well as established cardiothoracic conditions. This will include using advanced clinical skills to undertake a comprehensive assessment, interpretation of investigations, provision of treatment and critical decision making about ongoing and definitive care.
  • To provide specialist advice and safe and effective clinical care working collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team to meet the needs of cardiothoracic patients and supporting the delivery of evidence based practice.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes a firm commitment to professional development of it's staff together with the provision of an excellent health and well-being support service.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period of 3 years due to this being an training programme. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust's legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts.

Please also note any secondment must first be agreed with your current line manager.

Please also note this vacancy is a training post so all applicants will start at Band 6 and upon completion of necessary skills and/ or training will progress to Band 7.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse with Valid NMC registration or Health Care Professional and registered with HCPC with relevant clinical experience
  • The candidate must be eligible to apply for and willing to complete a full MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. Eligibility criteria includes an Honours degree at 2.2 or above in a related health care subject. Alternatively, evidence of completion of pre-entry assessment at HEI or successful level 7 study will also be considered.
  • Where possible study is funded via the apprenticeship route. If undertaking Apprentice programme, the candidate must be able to demonstrate GCSE English and Maths at C or above or functional skills assessment level 2. If unable to evidence the trainee must complete the functional skills assessment by the end of the Master's Programme (apprenticeship requirement).
  • Evidence of relevant continuous professional development
  • Advanced life support qualification (ALS/ILS) or willingness to undertake and successfully complete


  • Post Graduate qualification in Advanced Practice
  • Advanced Physical Assessment module, Non-Medical Prescribing (if part of proposed role)
  • Recognised Teaching & Assessment Qualification or equivalent experience
  • Recognised Leadership Award/qualification or equivalent experience



  • Experience of delivering training / education to others
  • Extensive relevant post registration experience (HEI requirement)
  • Evidence of multi-disciplinary team working


  • Experience of working in an extended role with experience of autonomous practice
  • Experience of undertaking service improvement activity
  • Evidence of contribution to audit and research programs
  • Clinical / managerial leadership experience, including line management of staff, e.g. sickness/absence, recruitment/selection

Skills and Knowledge


  • Can prioritise and manage own workload when faced with conflicting pressures
  • High standard of written and verbal communication - able to present and receive complex information and communicate effectively with all grades of staff and patients / families
  • Ability to manage self and maintain professional conduct in difficult and challenging situations
  • Demonstrates ability to work/learn self-directed


  • In depth knowledge of pathophysiology of common conditions seen in the speciality and their management
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to order and interpret appropriate clinical investigations
  • Study of therapeutics/diagnostics
  • Able to analyse and synthesise patient information to formulate appropriate diagnoses and management plans
  • Effective leadership, negotiation and reasoning skills with the ability to influence, coach and motivate others

Personal Qualities


  • Team player with a professional approach to work and colleagues able to develop good working relationships
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Shows respect, courtesy, and professionalism in all contacts
  • Patient focussed with a 'can do' attitude
  • Commitment to staff development and training
  • Flexible in order to meet the needs of the service
  • Competent and confident approach to practice with ability to work under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital

Herries Road


S5 7AU

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