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Advanced Practitioner

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 £50,952 - £57,349 Per Annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are thrilled to offer an exciting opportunity for an Advanced Clinical Practitioner to become part of our growing cardiology team. The trust acknowledges the crucial role of advanced practice in our services, and we provide robust support for training and education to our well-established team.

The role requires:

- Proficiency in problem-solving under pressure- Mastery in care assessment and diagnostic skills- Advanced leadership skills- Strong clinical decision-making abilities

Candidates must have completed an MSc in Advanced Practice and hold a Non-Medical Prescribing certification. The successful applicant will report directly to a cardiology consultant.

Main duties of the job

Advanced clinical practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This is underpinned by a master's level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence.

Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people's experience and improve outcomes. (HEE, 2017)

***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

1. Assess, differentially diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate individual treatment interventions for patients by virtue of expert clinical judgement and close liaison with members of the MDT.

2. Use expertise and decision-making skills to inform clinical reasoning approaches when dealing with differentiated and undifferentiated individual presentations and complex situations, synthesising information from multiple sources to make appropriate, evidence-based judgements and/or diagnoses.

3. Initiate, evaluate and modify a range of interventions which may include prescribing medicines, therapies, life style advice and care.

4. Exercise professional judgement to manage risk appropriately, especially where there may be complex and unpredictable events and supporting teams to do likewise to ensure safety of individuals, families and carers.

5. Utilise complex decision-making skills to promote high quality care in unpredictable and challenging circumstances.

6. Ensure compliance with their respective code of professional conduct and work within their scope of practice.

7. Works in conjunction with the MDT to clearly define values, direction and policies impacting upon care.

8. Work in partnership with individuals, families and carers, using a range of assessment methods as appropriate

9. Be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of their broadened level of responsibility and autonomy. This includes being critically aware of their limits of their own competence and professional scope of practice, including when working with complexity, risk, uncertainty and incomplete information.

10. Be responsible and accountable for their decisions, actions and omissions at this level of practice.

11. Utilise professional judgement and maturity, understanding when to seek help.

12. Demonstrate effective communication skills, supporting people in making decisions, planning care or seeking to make positive changes, using Health Education Englands framework to promote person-centred approaches in health and care

13. Work collaboratively with an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources, developing, maintaining and evaluating links to manage risk and issues across organisations and settings.

14. Evidence the underpinning subject-specific competencies i.e. knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the role setting and scope, and demonstrate application of the capabilities to these, in an approach that is appropriate to the individual role, setting and scope.

15. Act as a clinical role model/advocate for developing and delivering care that is responsive to changing requirements, informed by an understanding of local population health needs, agencies and networks.

16. Engage in regular clinical supervision meeting with the allocated clinical supervisor.

FFor further details please see attached JD& PS.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • oExtensive demonstrable experience within speciality of Cardiology or clear identification of transferrable skills based on extensive experience in another field.
  • oDemonstrable experience of working as an ACP in Cardiology and taking part in RACPC clinics
  • oManagement ability and leadership demonstrable experience
  • oExcellent clinical and practical skills
  • oDemonstrable experience of education and supervision
  • oRecent demonstrable experience in clinical audit and quality improvement
  • oInfluencing policy and clinical guidance
  • oProven evidence of practice in line with the HEE (2017) multi-professional framework


  • oChange management skills
  • oMulti-professional supervision
  • oAppraisal skills
  • oImplementing policy and clinical guidance



  • oStatutory Professional Registration
  • oSignificant contribution to a Portfolio of Evidence
  • oMasters Degree in Advanced Practice or equivalent (as defined by Trust AP policy)
  • oAdvanced Life Support


  • oInstructor on life support courses
  • oIndependent non-medical prescribing
  • oEducation/Mentorship/ Supervision Course

Aptitude & Abilities


  • oAbility to recognise and analyse complex situations and take appropriate action.
  • oEvidence of relevant, recent study and continuing professional development

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust



Derriford Hospital



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