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Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Colmers & Radipole ward

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Yearly
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Advanced Clinical Practitioner looking to work in an outstanding CQC rated Trust? We want you to join our dynamic, positive multi-professional team based in Bridport, Colmers Ward and Weymouth, Radipole Ward.

You will be established and confident with respect to complex clinical reasoning. To provide expert 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. You will have a keen interest for Older Persons inpatient medical and rehab and be comfortable with a high degree of clinical risk taking whilst thinking outside of the box. As the Advanced Clinical Practitioner for Radipole and Colmers Ward you will have a passion to help influence and be the driver for change.

In return you will have access to our network of ACP's who are available to support you. The Trust is also implementing a programme of comprehensive changes relating to advance practice including supervision and ongoing development. This ACP post is a full-time role, we would welcome part time applicants with the view to job share. The role will cover weekdays and bank holidays which can be discussed further at interview.

For any queries, please contact or call direct on 07341868855.

Main duties of the job

To plan and manage complete episodes of care undertake independent comprehensive assessment and management of service users to incorporate pharmacological considerations making complex clinical decisions regarding service user management and clinical outcomes.

To undertake comprehensive specialist holistic assessment of patients and carers where needs are highly complex. This will involve planning, implementing and evaluating the care delivery according to changing healthcare needs and varying degrees of clinical risk.

Advise and communicate as appropriate with acute hospitals, primary and social care and community teams thus ensuring seamless continuity and transfer (if appropriate) of care for patients between other relevant health, social and third sector agencies, professionals and other care settings.

Regularly undertake audit and service evaluation to inform service improvement using an evidence-based approach to draw on best practice. When necessary support and facilitate colleagues in research and clinical audit in order to improve effectiveness and quality of patient care. Participate in surveys as required.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification



  • Registered health practitioner with membership of relevant professional body
  • MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice or equivalent route to Advanced Clinical Practice with evidence of meeting the nationally agreed capabilities (ie. PG Dip 120 credits in advanced clinical practice and successful completion of approved support portfolio route to advanced clinical practice)
  • Clear and demonstrable evidence of advanced, autonomous practice in the management of patients / service users
  • Relevant role specific qualifications or training


  • Effective leadership skills relevant to role
  • Evidence of knowledge and application of national work and standards in relation to advanced clinical practice and the relevant specialty
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Trust's strategies relevant to role
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development through an advanced clinical practice portfolio demonstrating advanced level practice across the four pillars of clinical practice, education, leadership and research



  • Demonstrable experience of working in a provider organisation and within a relevant specialty as Registered Practitioner
  • Demonstrates highly developed expertise and knowledge underpinned by theory acquired through CPD in relation to clinical assessment, treatment and evaluation
  • Able to demonstrate wide knowledge of health policy and its application in practice and evidence of developing involvement in influencing local and national standards
  • Able to demonstrate advanced skills for assessing and interpreting complex client conditions, comparing a range of options and taking appropriate action


  • Evidence of relevant leadership in meeting clinical governance objectives
  • Evidence of involvement in the development of programmes of care, protocols and audit
  • Evidence of research involvement.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary working



  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team and able to demonstrate changes of practice through these
  • Able to undertake clinical supervision and systematic peer caseload review of colleagues on an individual or group basis and support aspiring and trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners through supervisory roles
  • Ability to promote the best use of available resources in the pursuit of quality service provision ensuring a safe environment.
  • Confident in the use of computer systems, spread sheets, databases, data collection and coordination, word processing and report writing.


  • Evidence of designing, delivering and evaluating education and training in practice
  • Able to analyse data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Experience of effective use of electronic patient / service user record systems
  • Ability to lead complex meetings



  • Evidence of demonstrating the Trust's values and behaviours.
  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation, and where there may be barriers, with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Able to work independently and autonomously as role demands
  • Ability to evaluate care leading to improvement in quality standards and service improvement


  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and changing priorities
  • Evidence of skills in diplomacy, negotiation and influencing.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities requiring the formulation and adjustment of plans .e.g. organising own time, co-ordination with other agencies and plans for sudden, unforeseen circumstances.
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Westhaven Hospital

Radipole Lane



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