Advanced Clinical Practitioner-Early Intervention in Psychosis

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Join our team, we pride ourselves in providing outstanding care to patients across Herefordshire. We will provide you with resources to develop and progress a long-term career as well as flexibility, continual professional development as well as a wide range of wellbeing and support.

22.5 hours per week, working days to be negotiated and agreed.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ACP to join the Early Intervention in Psychosis service. We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Advanced Clinical Practitioner who has the knowledge, experience, and a keen interest in working with patients who have experienced psychosis. The service addresses the needs of people (aged 14-65) who have recently experienced a first episode of psychosis or may be at risk of developing psychosis. The team is a countywide service, supporting individuals and their families to talk about and understand their psychosis experiences, to cope with changes that have occurred and to promote a recovery philosophy.

We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in psychosis who can work independently in providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment to individuals, whilst offering consultation to multi-disciplinary colleagues.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an experienced Nurse/Allied Health Professional/Paramedic, qualified to ACP masters Level, they will:
  • Demonstrate safe, senior clinical decision-making by autonomously assessing and managing patients including initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of care.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process and work collaboratively with the MDT to meet the needs of patients.
  • Be instrumental in guiding junior medical staff and nursing staff in relation to relevant protocols, procedures, and clinical pathways.
  • Be fundamental in the development of this new role.
  • Initiate, manage, and drive innovative change in practice for the benefit of patient care in line with Trust and local procedures.
  • As an experienced and enthusiastic clinician, you will lead practice development, you will be supported within the team by both the clinical and leadership structure.
  • Shaping our service and ensuring that patients receive expert care focused on recovery and independence from a non-medical prescribing provision, whilst working as an autonomous advanced practitioner who will complement the service provision.

There will be regular supervision with a consultant psychiatrist. You will have opportunity to join an ACP peer supervision group, also the organisations non-medical prescribers forum and medical teaching.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer
  • 27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service
  • Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)
  • Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A fully qualified ACP must be able to:
  • Be able to demonstrate Knowledge, Skills, and Experience in each of the four pillars of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education, Research.
  • Complete a full system and physical or psychological/psychiatric exam.
  • Take a systemic and/or psychosocial patient history.
  • Make diagnostic decisions based on consultation, history, presentation, pathology and/ or imaging results.
  • Initiate, prescribe, and monitor the impact and outcome of treatments and medication including efficacy, side effects, contraindications, and risk.
  • Devise an individual clinical management plan that includes all aspects of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Screen patients for early signs of disease and risk factors and relapse indicators
  • Carry out where appropriate, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures with due regard to mental capacity and advance decisions.
  • Refer to other health professionals as appropriate.
  • Discharge from service as required.
  • Run independent out-patient clinics seeing new and review individuals as required.
  • Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.
  • The ability to work autonomously to manage your own case load whilst working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate understanding of scope of own role within their Clinical area and be able to identify how this may develop during training completion.
  • Represent the team on specific projects and working groups as required.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrable post-graduate experience in a relevant area
  • Extensive post-graduate experience in a role undertaking assessments of complex needs
  • Experience of working with people with long-term illness and / or older people
  • Clinical experience of caring for people with cognitive impairment
  • Experience of working across professional boundaries
  • Experience of change/leading service development
  • Experience of clinical leadership



  • Registered Nurse Level 1 / Allied Health Professional / Paramedic / Pharmacist
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) / ability to work within PGDs, within scope of professional practice.
  • Advanced Assessment Skills Module
  • Evidence of a portfolio of knowledge, skills and professional development
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Mentorship or teaching qualification / work place assessor
  • Leadership qualification



  • Extended and advanced clinical skills and knowledge base
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in relevant clinical area
  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical governance.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and guidance relating to clinical area
  • Understand the framework for working at an advanced level.
  • Knowledge of theory behind change management

Skills & Abilities


  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Advanced clinical assessment and clinical skills.
  • Ability to constructively challenge and articulate clinical opinion.
  • Advanced clinical assessment and clinical skills
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills at multi-disciplinary level
  • Ability to prioritise workload effectively.
  • Evidence of leading and managing a team

Additional Criteria


  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Ability to influence and negotiate.
  • Able to foster good working relationships.
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


27a St Owen Street



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