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Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are proud to offer this amazing opportunities that has been created for the DHCFT Older Adults Service Mental Health inpatients in the South of Derbyshire including Derby City.

We are pleased to offer the opportunity for one three year ACP training place, with the expectation that once qualified you will practice as an ACP across the two Older Adult Organic inpatient wards (Cubley Court) at Kingsway Hospital Derby.

Cubley Court is a thirty six bedded unit which covers the whole of South Derbyshire. It is divided into two wards and has a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.

This multi-disciplinary team includes, two consultants, junior doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, a clinical matron and clinical leads as well as psychology input.

Once qualified you would have a senior position within the ward team; meaning that you would be involved in attending ward rounds, reviewing patient's mental states and having discussions with families.

The non patient-facing side of the job includes attending meetings on the ward, such as the falls meetings, as well as getting involved with some of the quality improvement projects on the ward.

There is an expectation that you will supervise some of the more junior staff on the ward.

Main duties of the job

Please find details of the next ACP course at the Sheffield Hallam University, which is due to start in September 2023:

The basic outline of the programme is as follows:
  • You will follow a generic pathway for year 1- APACs- 30 credits & a Pharmacology module - 30 credits.
  • It is in year 2 that you will then choose the mental health pathway as your elective modules.
  • Advanced assessment, formulation and treatment planning in mental health - 30 credits.
  • Advanced intervention & evaluation in mental health - 15 credits.
  • In year 3 - 45 credit dissertation.

Progression to a qualified ACP on successfully completing the programme.


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.

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
  • 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 LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunitie

Job description Job responsibilities

Please view Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click 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.

A trainee ACP (TACP) will be working towards their MSc to become fully qualified and they will work along side clinical teams and with the supervision of a Older Adult Consultant.

They will develop:

Advanced assessment skills, formulation skills, advanced management planning and non medical prescribing.

On successful completion, you will be a senior member of the clinical team, holding a complex caseload and practicing autonomously.

On qualifying, you will also offer consultation and clinical supervision to within Older Adults Inpatient Services, often to clinical leads and NMPs.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Professional NURSE/ PHYSIO/ PHARMACIST
  • Non medical prescriber
Experience Essential
  • Substantial recent and relevant experience working at Band 6
  • Recent and relevant Older Adult experience, at Band 6
  • Operational or clinical leadership role
  • In-patient experience
Skills Essential
  • Care co-ordination experience
  • Ability to handle and use complex and often contentious information

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