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Qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Band 8a

Main area
Cancer Business Unit
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Royal Derby Hospital
£45,753 - £51,668 pa
Salary period
17/06/2021 23:59
Interview date

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

Are you an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) with significant experience working within Cancer Services with excellent clinical leadership skills? If so we are looking for highly motivated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic individuals to join the existing team of ACPs working autonomously providing exceptional care to our patients. The successful candidate can expect to work across inpatient areas, chemotherapy clinics and the cancer treatment assessment unit as part of the Multi-disciplinary- Team. Consideration will be given to exceptional candidates currently in training or wishing to access ACP training. 

This is an exciting time to become part of ACP Team within the Cancer Business Unit. Last year, our Business Unit underwent significant investment to support the next stage of the workforce plan. These roles are part of a number of new roles UHDB are recruiting in order to deliver outstanding care to our cancer patients. 

Main duties of the job

  • Work independently at an advanced clinical level in the direct delivery of high quality care making critical clinical decisions based on advanced clinical skills assessment.
  • Provide clinical leadership and support within both the medical and nursing teams and to support the Trust lead ACP (where in post) in developing the Trusts ACP service to improve the patient experience.
  • Support Consultants with day-to-day clinical activity, working predominantly in CTAU but flexibly across the cancer business unit as required.
  • Support junior medical staff, sharing clinical workload and allowing junior Drs to achieve training and development requirements.
  • Provide in-patient areas with consistent high quality clinical care.
  • Support Trust Management teams with on-going clinical care provision and assist with effective patient flow through the Trust.

Working for our organisation

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 17 June 2021

Interview date: 1 July 2021

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will demonstrate excellent leadership, clinical and diagnostic capabilities along with advanced communication skills, working well as a member of the MDT supporting patient care. 

We are looking to recruit ACPs with experience at an advanced level. We recognise that training pathways often differ and therefore capability will be assessed prior to commencing in post. The successful candidate/s must have, or be willing to undertake, an MSc ideally within Advanced Clinical Practice, although a relevant healthcare related topic could be considered. Due to the nature of the role this must include Non-Medical Prescribing. Successful applicants will undergo a period of supervision and assessment to ensure they are embedded correctly into our workforce.

UHDB has an established team of over 100 ACPs and is supported by a senior ACP leadership team. We are committed to ongoing development of our qualified ACPs and have recently introduced additional senior leadership roles across all four pillars of advanced practice. You will be supported as a qualified ACP with ongoing non patient facing time to enable you to demonstrate capability across the pillars of advanced practice.

  • Assess, differentially diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate individual treatment/interventions and care packages for patients, resulting in safe and appropriate management, referral or discharge. Works with the MDT in expediting safe and timely discharges.
  • Prescribes independently (where legally permitted) or uses PGD’s to review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice, national and practice protocols, and within scope of practice to optimise treatment.
  • Prioritises own and medical teams workload and ensure effective time-management strategies are embedded within the culture of the team
  • Works effectively with others to clearly define values, direction and policies impacting upon care delivery
  • Maintain effective communication within the ward environment ensuring active participation with senior nursing and medical team members and provide effective communication between the roles. Communicate with external stakeholders such as other wards and agencies e.g. GPs, Community Matrons, and Intermediate Care to support continuing quality care both on admission and at discharge.
  • Communicate with and support patients & relatives who are receiving ‘bad news’ and engage other team members to provide appropriate support.
  • Act as an advocate for patients and colleagues at all times to ensure the values of Compassion, Attitude, Respect and Equality - C.A.R.E are met at all times.
  • In partnership with other clinical teams, collaborate in improving the quality of health care responding to local and national policies and initiatives as appropriate, and assessing the impact.
  • Take responsibility for own learning and performance including. Ensure positive promotion of the advanced clinical practice role. Demonstrate continuous learning and development through a personal portfolio for discussion at annual KSF review as per Trust ACP framework
  • Act as an effective role model for junior medical staff and other members of the MDT
  • Work in partnership with the Executive Nurse, Directors of Nursing & Executive Medical Director to develop and implement the Trust’s workforce strategy.
  • Support Consultants, Matrons and ward managers in the monitoring and evaluation of standards of care.
  • The ACP will be expected to work independently by making independent clinical decisions relating to diagnosis, management and prescribing.
  • Decisions relating to discharge will be agreed by the ACP’s medical supervisor after a period of assessment / review or practice. It is acknowledged that the ACP role is that of an independent not dependent practitioner.
  • The ACP will be required to manage a group of patients independently but will have access to senior medical support at all times.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional Registration
  • Mentor/teaching qualification
  • Significant post registration experience
  • Minimum of degree level study
  • English and Maths at GCSE C or above
Desirable criteria
  • Independent prescriber
  • ALS Certification
  • Masters level education

knowledge, skills & qualific

Essential criteria
  • Substantial broad experience relevant to area of practice or master degree
  • Previous experience at managing / leading a team
  • Clinical diagnostic skills including the ability to interpret clinical investigations
Desirable criteria
  • Masters degree in “Advanced clinical practice”
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jennifer Riley
Job title
Interim Corporate Lead for Advanced Practice
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Clare Sutherland - Corporate Lead for Advanced Practice.


Tel: 07701394103

If you have problems applying, contact

Recruitment Team, Workforce Management
Training Centre
Rehab Block, Level 3
Royal Derby Hospital
DE22 3NE
01332 786187 / 07385 367224