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Surgical Advanced Practitioner - Trainee/Fully Qualified

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £57,349 a year Role offered as progression route B7-8a or fully competent at B8a
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a motivated, proactive, passionate individual to join our team as either a Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) or a qualified ACP to work within the emergency surgical wards and surgical Same Day Emergency Care Unit (sSDEC).

We will support a training role at B7 whilst the successful candidate completes the Advanced Clinical master's degree programme, eventually progressing to a Band 8a once all competencies and degree is completed. We also welcome qualified ACP's to apply for this role.

The role is within the surgical division, a busy environment which has two 33 bedded surgical wads F5 and F6. The main duties include working with medical team to provide a high standard of care in the initial admission, ongoing assessment, and management of a variety of surgical conditions to supporting discharge.

The successful applicant will work on a rota which spans across 7 days.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work under supervision alongside the surgical teams, being supported whilst training to gain clinical expertise, leading to an autonomous, safe practitioner once qualified.

The role entails providing high quality patient care through assessment, investigation, evaluation, diagnosis, decision making and establishing treatment plans in the surgical setting. Excellent communication skills are essential as you will be working alongside surgeons and members of the multidisciplinary team to plan care and optimise patient outcomes.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 - 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description for full details.

As part of the AP programme the post holder will be working towards the following and on successful completion will be able to:

Work in accordance with the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England (HEE, 2017).

Utilise advanced clinical skills within an interdepartmental and/or multi-disciplinary team to ensure that patients within General surgery receive holistic, timely and high-quality clinical care.

Exercise autonomous clinical expertise, high levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical care, in accordance with their scope of practice.

Draw on expertise on the four pillars of advanced practice to lead and influence improvements to standards of care.

Develop a culture of organisational learning to inspire future and existing staff.

Influence or lead on the improvement of clinical care though clinical governance, audit, quality improvement and research in collaboration with clinical and academic colleagues.

Demonstrate compassionate leadership in daily working.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Registered healthcare professional.
  • IT literate.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Level 6 1st level degree (some universities require a minimum award). Willing to work towards a recognised advanced practice qualification at level 7 including advanced physical assessment and consultation skills and non-medical prescribing.
  • Evidence of teaching, supervision and assessment skills.
  • Level 2 Maths and English (GCSE grade A*-C or O-level grades 1-6) or recognised functional skills assessment and qualification.


  • Working towards a MSc in Advanced Practice.
  • Evidence of prior learning at level 7.
  • Postgraduate qualification or training relevant to speciality.
  • Registered independent non-medical prescriber.
  • Mentor/assessor and/or teaching qualification.
  • Participation in research or audit projects.
  • ALS provider/instructor.
  • Evidence of mandatory training updates.
  • Management qualification / leadership training.

Experience and knowledge


  • Post registration experience, a considerable amount of which must be as a fully qualified healthcare professional within surgery.
  • Ability to respond to, prioritise and analyse health conditions and ensure effective interventions are actioned in a timely manner.
  • Ability to deal effectively with clinical issues within defined procedures and guidelines.
  • Ability to work with undifferentiated and undiagnosed healthcare problems with support and under direct supervision.
  • Evidence of management skills gained through theory and or practice.
  • Experience of mentoring and developing staff.
  • Broad post registration clinical experience.
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a team.
  • Ability to demonstrate the implementation of research into practice.
  • Ability to undertake required clinical duties/procedures.

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to work as part of a multi-professional team, exchanging ideas and providing support to colleagues.
  • Ability to present information to individuals and groups as required using appropriate resources.
  • Ability to present information to individuals and groups as required using appropriate resources.
  • Prioritises clinical workload and assess associated risks, taking appropriate action
  • Flexible approach to working hours and duties
  • Self-motivated with evidence of efficient time and deadline management.
  • Ability to schedule academic workload and work commitments.


  • Seeks to develop an understanding of different groups and individuals and ensures equitable and appropriate treatment for all.
  • Conveys written information clearly and accurately to a wide range of recipients.
  • Speaks confidently, conveying clear messages to a wide range of listeners.
  • Negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Ability to support, colleagues, patients and relatives in sometimes distressing circumstances.

Personal qualities


  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Understands and overcomes barriers to effective communication.


  • Takes responsibility for identifying sound and effective solutions to a variety of different problems.

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hostpital

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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