Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Local Care Direct
MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice at Leeds University, Clinical Practice at King Street Walk in Centre in Wakefield
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£20.73 an hour + 30% for working out of hours
Working pattern
30 to 37.5 hrs per week (as part of the apprenticeship standard the minimum contracted hours allowed is 30 hrs per week)


Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Local Care Direct

The closing date is 22 August 2022

Job summary

Are you looking to develop your skills & knowledge and become an autonomous practitioner? Then look no further.

We are looking to expand our team of Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) and are delighted to offer an amazing training opportunity for aspiring ACPs to join our team providing urgent care services.

You would be supported by members of the education faculty who are a dedicated team of clinical educators from varying backgrounds.

Location: MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice at Leeds University, Clinical Practice at King Street Walk in Centre in Wakefield

Hours: 30 to 37.5 hrs per week (as part of the apprenticeship standard the minimum contracted hours allowed is 30 hrs per week)

On successful completion of the programme & obtaining an MSc award candidates will be eligible for a substantive post within LCD.

Interviews will be held on 30th & 31st August 2022

If successful you will also need to apply for a place on an Apprentice Advanced Clinical Practice MSc course with Leeds University. This will be for the January 23 intake, the offer of employment will reflect this and employment with Local Care Direct will commence on 09/01/2023

Please refer to the Leeds University website for full academic entry requirements: 

Main duties of the job

Local Care Direct recognises that ACPs are an integral part of the workforce in the 21st century as they provide flexibility and new ways of working. You would be required to work well under pressure within a busy and vibrant environment whilst striving to deliver outstanding care and patient experience.

We are looking for self motivated enthusiastic trainee practitioners with a desire to develop exceptional leadership skills and clinical experience training within the urgent care setting.

Successful applicants will undertake an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) at Leeds University, whilst carrying out clinical practice at our Walk in Centre in Wakefield.

The members of the education faculty will support you to gain the skills to undertake clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients attending with undiagnosed and undifferentiated conditions. You will develop advanced skills in clinical decision making, critical thinking and clinical management utilising evidence based practice and supported by our local competency framework. You will be provided with dedicated continuing professional development to complete the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship programme.

In order to apply for this position you should be registered with a professional body (NMC, HCPC, GPhC), ideally have a degree level qualification with at least 3 years post graduate experience, with the ability to undertake Non Medical Prescribing.

About us

Nothing matters to us more than people -The way we treat our patients and the people who work for us; the way we do things and our commitment to keeping our promises are what we value most.

We do what we say we will do and we do it well - Local Care Direct is a Social Enterprise organisation providing a wide range of healthcare services in Yorkshire. We are a community-owned organisation, independent from the NHS, and committed to putting patients first.

A few Benefits of working for Local Care Direct are:

  • NHS Pensions
  • Modern working environment with a positive atmosphere
  • Health & Wellbeing group to support staff
  • Supportive and Friendly team
  • Opportunity to build a clinical portfolio in face to face, ED Streaming, Walk in Centre, Urgent Treatment centre, home visiting and telephone/video consultation
  • Monthly education sessions provided by the education faculty
  • Access to regular clinical supervision
  • Dedicated education faculty to support training and development
  • Dedicated education platform for mandatory training and other educational events
  • Non medical prescribing forum

Internal reference number: LB3286

Job description

Job Title: Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Base location: King Street Walk in Centre – the post holder may be required to travel to other sites in order to fulfil course requirements

Hours: 30 to 37.5 hours per week (including in hours & out of hours)

DBS Check – Level Required: Enhanced with Child/Adult

Vaccination Requirement Statement:

  • Covid19 double vaccination not required but recommended.
  • This job has been rated as Medium Risk for requiring Hep B immunisation – vaccination is recommended, therefore Post Holders will be offered Hep B immunisation.
  • Flu jab recommended & will be offered.

Job Purpose:

The post holder with be registered with a professional body relevant to the training post, with post grad qualifications & clinical experience relevant to the post. They will act within their professional boundaries & will provide care for the patient from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis & treatment to discharge or onwards referral. This may take place over the telephone, in a clinic or in the patient’s home. The post holder will demonstrate safe, clinical decision-making & expert care for patients, work only within their scope of clinical competence. The post holder will be required to work flexibly to meet service demand.

Undertake the ACP (apprenticeship) course in order to fulfil the training post requirements with Leeds University. The trainee ACP role is typically a 3 year training programme. The apprenticeship encompasses work based academic learning, contributing towards gaining a masters degree in advanced clinical practice at an approved Higher Education Institute (HEI), alongside successfully completing a portfolio & local competency framework of evidence based practice & consolidation of knowledge.

Work as a trainee under the supervision of Clinical Educators to provide complete care, ensuring safe & effective management of patients. Develop & build on your experience & skills to deliver specialist knowledge, underpinned by Health Education England’s 4 pillars of advanced clinical practice.

Act as a role model to develop the knowledge to deliver advanced practice skills, promoting patient centred clinical effectiveness, developing the skills to work autonomously in delivering independent assessment of undifferentiated & undiagnosed presentations. This will include developing the skills to perform clinical examination, diagnosis, clinical decision making & planning of care and treatment, diagnosis, prescribing, health promotion & safe discharge of patients.

At the end of the apprenticeship & successful completion of the end point assessment you will be eligible to apply for ACP roles advertised across LCD sites


Undertake & complete the acquisition and development of new skills, knowledge & experience based on advanced practice competencies. The trainee ACP will complete a supported package of generic & specialist advanced practice competencies to develop skills which may include:


  1. Deliver & participate in the clinical care of patients attending the clinical area
  2. Throughout the training programme the trainee will develop the skills of an autonomous practitioner ensuring that evidence based practice is inherent in all aspects of care
  3. Provide a level of advanced & comprehensive health assessment based on a specialist body of knowledge under direct or indirect supervision
  4. Clinically examine & assess patient needs holistically & plan clinical care accordingly
  5. Provide assessment, treatment & diagnosis at the point of contact which may be in a variety of settings.
  6. Make professionally autonomous decisions for which the post holder is accountable.
  7. Only work within the clinical competencies & scope of practice of the individual maintaining a positive approach to patient care & experience whilst recognising limitations of the training role
  8. Work under supervision with confidence & competence within professional guidelines
  9. Complete & maintain accurate, contemporaneous records which include the documentation of the presenting history, past medical history, medications, allergies, examination findings, differential diagnosis & management plan & appropriate safety netting.
  10. Adhere to Medicines management policy & procedures.
  11. Act as a referral agent & care co-ordinator by establishing multi-agency collaboration to meet the needs of the patient.
  12. Work within the Code of Professional Conduct or guidelines of relevant professional body.

Research & Quality

  1. Demonstrate evidence based care, working within agreed guidelines & protocols.
  2. Take an active role in research studies within the policy framework of the organisation.
  3. Participate in audit, data collection & activity monitoring to improve performance & future service development.
  4. Choose an area of special interest within advanced clinical practice with the intention to develop & take forward in your role

Professional & Education

  1. Take responsibility for own development, learning & performance ensuring course requirements are fulfilled
  2. Work within the professional Code of Conduct & other directives as defined by the HCPC, GHpC & NMC.
  3. Undertake appropriate development to meet the requirements of registration.
  4. Develop own skills & competencies through education, training & development activities related to the current & future demands of the role opportunities & where possible achieve Independent Prescriber status.
  5. Observe & participate in all areas of clinical practice including telephone assessment, face to face & home visits.
  6. Understand & observe professional & national guidelines on confidentiality.
  7. Comply with the corporate governance structure in keeping with the principles & standards set.
  8. Ensure clinical supervision needs are met.
  9. Participate in teaching & mentoring other health professionals & team members.


  1. Promote integrated working in collaboration with other health care professionals.
  2. Contribute to the development, implementation, review & evaluation of clinical protocols.
  3. Ensure effective communication, participating in meetings & liaising with other professionals, services & agencies as required.
  4. Maintain personal & professional development through evidence of CPD, including demonstrating a personal awareness of advisory papers & current national issues.
  5. Participate in development of other healthcare professionals though teaching, mentoring & assessment; this will include the provision of evidence based healthcare advice which contributes to the diagnosis, care or treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions.
  6. Participate in the mentoring of colleagues & in the delivery of training material.
  7. Effectively manage the safeguarding of adults & children referring appropriately.


Ensure agreed lines of communication & reporting are implemented within the team to support all employees understanding LCD business plans, objectives, priorities & changes.

Promote effective cross-functional working & that the operational team supports the achievement of objectives, standards & protocols of other LCD areas.

Attend meetings representing LCD & engaging in discussions as appropriate.


Ensure that the quality of patient care is firmly at the centre of the organisation’s objectives & vision.

Ensure the management & monitoring of the highest standards or safety & quality in the delivery of healthcare & related services, and manage risk within LCD.


Ensure financial policies & procedures are maintained & the budget is adhered to.


Operate & ensure the team operates within IG protocols & that business confidentiality is maintained at all times.


Complete the defined induction programme & core training for the role & mandatory refresher training there after.


Healthcare workers have a duty of care to patients & are expected to comply fully with the companies policies & attend/complete training, for personal & patient safety & for prevention of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI). Knowledge, skills & behaviour in the workplace should reflect this.


Individuals have a duty of care to children & vulnerable adults that they come into contact with whilst at work to safeguard & promote their welfare and to work to prevent, recognise, respond, appropriately refer &record potential neglect or abuse, adhering to the company’s policies and procedures.


  • Ensure that relevant professional practice is evidence based & current.
  • Ensure that CDP is maintained & facilitates the ability to provide care to a high standard in a way that is safe.
  • Ensure that mandatory training is up to date & participate in training.
  • Utilise time management, organisational, co-ordination & management skills.
  • Identify own professional development needs.

The main duties and responsibilities shown here are not exhaustive and the post holder will be expected to carry out any reasonable activities according to the needs of the business as directed by the line manager.

Person Specification



  • 1st level Registered General Nurse/BSc in Nursing (min 2:2) OR BSc in Paramedic Practice (min 2:2)/IHCD paramedic qualification OR GHpC registered pharmacist.


  • Additional qualifications relevant to primary / urgent care.
  • Prescribing qualification, currently undertaking or willing to undertake.
  • Urgent care Practitioner course (level 7) which includes minor injury/illness.
  • Management of minor injuries (level6/7).
  • Management of minor illness (level 6/7).



  • Evidence of continuing professional development and application to practice within the last 12 months.


  • Understanding of training needs in relation to post.

Skills/ Knowledge


  • Effective communication skills: verbal, written and non-verbal.
  • Able to work independently and accountably.
  • Knowledge of current clinical and professional issues.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of health agenda (local and national).
  • Innovative approach to practice.
  • Keyboard/PC skills.
  • Awareness of the impact of evidence-based practice within nursing and Paramedic practice.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.


  • Able to develop self and others.
  • Aware of impact of change on self and service.
  • Evidence of previous contribution to service change or improvement.
  • Evidence of development of others in previous roles.



  • Evidence of a range of clinical expertise.
  • Evidence of working as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Evidence of continuing personal and professional development.
  • Experience of working in primary /urgent care.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • Minimum of 3 years post registration experience.
  • Experience of PGDs.


  • Experience of change management.
  • Evidence of a range of expertise in urgent/primary/emergency care.

Personal circumstances


  • Flexibility in working hours.
  • Flexibility in location of work.

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.

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