Lead ACP (8b) / Consultant Advanced Clinical Practitioner (8c)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

Lead ACP (8b) / Consultant Advanced Clinical Practitioner (8c)

The successful post holder will be to primarily deliver senior clinical decision making level of care to patients within the Integrated and Urgent Care directorate. In addition, they will lead on the evolving programme of advanced practice from training through to senior clinical level of practice in both the acute setting and across community services.

If you are applying for 8b lead ACP role, there will be an opportunity for the right candidate to progress to the Consultant ACP at 8c level.

Main duties of the job

  • The Strategic Development and Leadership of ECP's and ACP's in IUC, junior clinical staff, junior nursing staff.
  • Delivery of an approved advanced practice curriculum (national or local in absence) for trainee practitioners.
  • Contribute to trust wide strategies surrounding performance and improvement.
  • Contribute to work force planning and considerations around organisational systems affecting resilience and retention.
  • Develop a directorate Faculty for Enhanced and Advanced Practice to provide a governance structure to the training and development of advanced practice across IUC.
  • Oversight of budgets for advanced practice within the directorate
  • Develop robust clinical streams, alongside colleagues, aimed at safe patient care, experience and efficiency.

Provide senior clinical cover across the directorate at senior middle grade level

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stones throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Advanced Clinical Practice is an evolving area within acute medicine and across the integrated and urgent care specialties. Drawn generally, but not exclusively, from a background of nurses, paramedics and physiotherapists.

The post holder with have a demonstrable clinical portfolio that evidences clinical skills equivalent to that of a senior clinical member of staff. Their clinical role will involve the independent and autonomous practice of history taking, clinical examination, clinical investigations and interpretation and subsequently the diagnosis and management planning of the differentiated and diagnosed patient as well as the undifferentiated and undiagnosed emergency and urgent care patient across the IUC directorate.

The successful applicant with be an established leader able to demonstrate success in service design and delivery relevant to IUC. They will already be at consultant practitioner level in an established service.

The successful applicant must have completed an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (or equivalent subject to module scrutiny) and have consolidated fully academically and clinically. They also should be at a PhD level of study academically and if not already completed be willing to undertake in the future.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the leadership and strategic development, across the IUC directorate, of all enhanced (ECP) and advanced (ACP) practice staff, both trainees and qualified, as well as supporting educational supervisors and engaging directly with Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) for the delivery of academic modules.

The successful applicantmust have an in-depth understanding of the advanced practice apprenticeship. They must also engage fully with Health Education England and support any future relevant curriculums and credentials that are released.

The successful applicantmust be able to demonstrate the understanding of the relationships between the ECP/ACP and their consultant bodies and they must be engaged fully in this key relationship. They must also be heavily involved in service development of all areas within the specialty concentrating around patient safety, experience, efficiency and effectiveness aspects involving care.

The successfulapplicant willengage fully with colleague advanced practitioners across the trust and sit on the Countywide Faculty for Enhanced and Advanced Practice (FEAP).

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • NMC Registered nurse OR HCPC Registered or Paramedic OR Physiotherapist OR ODP
  • MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice
  • PhD or willing to undertake in the future
  • Non-medical prescriber (v300)
  • Clear and continued evidence of CPD
  • Teaching/assessing qualification
  • ALS provider
  • ALS instructor
  • Evidence of completion of clinical ACAT or equivalent to work at MG level in Immediate or Urgent or Emergency Care
  • Complete portfolio displaying history taking, clinical examination, investigation and autonomous clinical decision making competence in relevant clinical setting at consultant ACP level (senior MG)
  • Leadership and/or management qualification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Willing to subscribe and maintain e-portfolio and professional college memberships
  • Experience of practice development
  • Quality improvement strategies
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance structure, strategies and implications around advanced clinical practice
  • Significant experience in Emergency/Urgent Care setting at ACP level

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Drive



Employer's website

https://www.somersetft.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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Date posted

07 April 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8b


£54,764 to £75,874 a year per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Drive



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