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Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
To successfully complete the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Degree MSc (Level 7) programme in line with the trust framework for advanced practice and their primary professional regulatory body, with the expectation that on successful completion the post holder will move into a qualified ACP role at band 8a.

As an TACP in ED you will be dynamic and proactive in continuing to develop and improve this role, balancing the competing challenges of healthcare needs with advances in your own practice.

Main duties of the job

This role can be defined as a trainee clinician, part of the Emergency Department (ED) clinical team required to assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions for patients presenting with an undifferentiated diagnosis. You will be learning to be able to work across every area of the ED and working towards being able to deliver a high standard of autonomous care to all patients attending the ED, whilst working within your own professional scope of practice and acknowledging any limitations you may have as an TACP. You must be able to work independently within the four pillars of advanced practice by, contributing to departmental education delivery, departmental management meetings, as well as participating in clinical research and audit alongside your clinical duties, before you are able to transition fully to the AfC Band 8A ACP role. You will also be required to complete your academic master's study which must encompass Non-medical Prescribing (NMP). Once this criterion is met this JD should be replaced with the AfC Band 8a ACP in ED JD.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Work clinically within the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) curriculum, keeping accurate records of work based placed assessments, and advance your practice over time in line with the curriculum and credentialing process.

Deliver and participate in the clinical care of all patients attending the Emergency Department (Majors, Ambulatory, Resus, Paediatrics and Minors).This encompasses the need to appropriately assess, examine, investigate, diagnose and treat patients, resulting in the safe referral or discharge of patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed presentations.

Order/ interpret investigations, laboratory tests, x-rays and act on results as appropriate

Initiate drug therapy/medication within the parameters of agreed clinical guidelines and in accordance with the legal framework you work under to supply and prescribe medicines.

Maintain own clinical development by staying abreast of new treatments and guidelines within emergency and unscheduled care.

To rigorously review all aspects of the patients plan of care, and identify and address issues that may result in a sub-standard service, this includes direct responsibility for the management of patients within own caseload and supervision/development of junior members of the multidisciplinary team.

Ability to adapt specialist clinical knowledge and skills to different clinical settings and influence service delivery and patient care.

To ensure that accurate documentation and records of patient care are kept.

Actively implement effective systems and processes for infection control management whilst working clinically and be a role model for other members of the clinical team.

Clinically take charge of areas within the emergency services directorate, as required.

Practice with confidence and competence within the legal and governance frameworks that oversee your practice such as the NMC/HCPC, RCEM, NICE Guidelines and local UHP clinical guidelines.

Please see the attached job description for further information.

Person Specification



  • Statutory Professional Registration
  • Professional Degree
  • Demonstrate proven evidence of ability to work at academic level 7 (prior level 6 or level 7 study, or if appropriate, willingness to submit academic piece for assessment).


  • Management package
  • Provider/Instructor on life support courses

Knowledge and experience


  • Significant demonstrable experience within the Emergency Department and recognition of transferrable skills
  • Management ability and demonstrable leadership experience


  • Change management skills
  • Multi-professional supervision

Aptitude and Abilities


  • Proven evidence of relevant, recent study and continuing professional development
  • Ability to recognise and analyse complex situations and take appropriate action.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS trust

Derriford Road



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