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Qualified/Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum - progression role available
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team of forward thinking Advanced Clinical Practitioners within acute medicine.

The post holder will be based at West Suffolk Foundation Trust (WSFT) on the Acute Assessment Unit and Same Day Emergency Care, within Acute Medicine.

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) will use a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making alongside demonstrating the four pillars of practice, Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education and Research in providing healthcare that enables innovative solutions to enhance experience and improve outcomes within their speciality area.

The ACP is accountable for independent clinical assessment, examination, diagnosis, and treatment within an agreed scope of practice. In addition to this the ACP is also responsible for appropriately referring patients to relevant specialities for any necessary inpatient or outpatient investigations as well as facilitating safe patient discharge.

Please note those applying for a Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner post will need to be willing to undertake an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.

Main duties of the job

Undertakes an advanced clinical assessment in the face of uncertainty and utilises critical thinking to inform diagnosis and decision-making.

Leads acute intervention for patients, recognises the acutely deteriorating patient and delivers resuscitation.

Manages the assessment, diagnosis and plans future management of patients in an outpatient clinic, ambulatory or community setting, including the management of longterm conditions in the context of complexity and uncertainty.

Manages problems in patients in special cases and other specialties

Manages a multi-professional team, including the planning and management of effective discharge planning in complex situations.

Manages end-of-life care and applies palliative care skills in the context of complexity and uncertainty

Actively engages in acute medical service development, delivery and evaluation, including as a leader and role-model

Develops, supervises and delivers alternative patient pathways including same-day emergency care

Prioritises and selects patients appropriately according to the severity of their illness, including making decisions about escalation of care

Integrates with other specialist services, including critical care

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.


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.

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.
  • 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.
  • oReistered independent non-medical prescriber.
  • Mentor/assessor and/or teaching qualification.
  • Participation in research or audit projects.
  • AL 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 acute medicine.
  • Evidence of management skills gained through theory and or practice.
  • Experience of mentoring and developing staff.
  • Broad post registration clinical experience.

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 problem solve, analyse, compare and interpret complex information before making a decision.
  • Prioritises clinical workload and assess associated risks, taking appropriate action.
  • Ability to demonstrate the flexibility required of the role to meet departmental and patient need.
  • Self-motivated with evidence of efficient time and deadline management.
  • Ability to schedule academic workload and work commitments.
  • Evidence of teaching, supervision and assessment skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a team.
  • Ability to demonstrate the implementation of research into practice.
  • Ability to undertake required clinical duties/procedures.
  • 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.


  • 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 Hospital

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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