Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a fantastic and brand new opportunity to join our growing Trust wide Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner (TACP) programme. This will be the first TACP in the Adult Neurodevelopmental Services.

We are seeking applications from experienced Registered Nurses, Allied Health Professionals or Psychologists who have a professional first level clinical qualification, educated to degree level, with previous Band 6 experience within Neurodevelopmental Services.

The successful candidate will work towards gaining an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, resulting in a senior position within the clinical leadership team and paid at Band 8a on successful completion. Course Duration: 36 months.

Main duties of the job

Candidates must be aware that this is a full-time course, and consideration of this is essential before applying. University attendance will be on set days, and you will work clinically as a Trainee ACP on the days you are not at university. Therefore, this post is for a minimum of 30 hours.

The next cohort for the Sheffield Hallam University programme will be due to start in September 2023.

The course comprises of both compulsory and elective modules.You'll be taught by professionals who are active in their field - so you'll get cutting edge, industry focused knowledge of your subject. You'll gain real-world skills through placements, workshops and live projects.

Work experience is also embedded into every year of the course, so you polish your workplace skills alongside building a solid knowledge of your subject. Applied learning means that when you do start work, you can dive in and make things happen.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service (pro rata)
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

PLEASE NOTE: To view the Job Description and Person Specification, please click ON APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site, you will need to register if you do not already have an account.

The Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner will develop specialist knowledge and skills to provide healthcare autonomously to patients in their speciality through an established ACP training pathway within the Adult Neurodevelopmental Services.

The Trainee will work to develop and demonstrate competence with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and build competences based on the capability framework.

There are four pillars which the Trainee ACP will work towards:

Clinical Practice: The ACP demonstrates in depth knowledge and capabilities in all aspects of health and social care encompassing advanced clinical assessment, critical thinking and clinical management skills that are evidence based and deliver high quality patient centred care across adult neurodevelopmental services. The ACP will demonstrate complex decision-making skills and competences for expanded scope of advanced clinical practice for service users and clinical teams according to needs.

Leadership and Management: The ACP as a senior member of the team, will also play a pivotal role in the operational development of their specialty. They will initiate, manage and drive change within the department, innovating changes in practice for the benefit of patient care in line with current trust and local programmes. The ACP will undertake the role in accordance with Trust and Departmental guidelines but have freedom to act within broad policies and protocols, in accordance with professional responsibilities and boundaries.

Research, Audit and Evaluation: The individual will support in the evaluation of services within the adult neurodevelopmental division. The role will include critically engaging in research activity, adhering to good practice guidance so that evidence-based strategies are developed and applied. The ACP will have protected time to maintain and further develop their professional competence.

Education and Personal Development: The post holder will have a Trust-wide responsibility to promote clinical excellence in the care of service users with neurodevelopmental needs by providing clinical advice, supervision and support as well as implementing programmes of induction and education for all health care professionals.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional clinical registration
  • Degree level qualification or evidence of studying at level 6
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development/ Management qualification(s) or relevant experience.
  • If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.
  • Evidence of post graduate learning in learning disabilities
  • Level 7 learning
Experience/ Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of working with people with neurodevelopmental disorders (minimum 3 years)
  • Experience of working as a clinical and management supervisor
  • Experience of assessing and managing crisis with those with a serious on-going mental illness/ Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration
  • Experience of implementing and monitoring standards of care, including an understanding of NICE guidelines which relate to learning disabilities/ Understanding of evidence-based practice
  • Management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service/ Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration
  • Experience of managing non clinical staff and other professionals
  • Experience of implementing significant changes in working practices
Skills Essential
  • Proven track record of leading a learning disability/neurodevelopmental MDT team/ An understanding of the role and function of other organisations providing services to people with neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Specialist knowledge of LD, autism and mental health disorders as well as their relationships to physical disorders.
  • Ability to lead the process of assessing, planning and delivering treatment and evaluating care packages.
  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation related to adult neurodevelopmental services.
  • Understanding and commitment to equal opportunities and inclusion in practice
  • Knowledge of performance management procedures
  • Experience of managing a budget
  • Ability to think creatively about opportunities for service development

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