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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Assistant Practitioner Role

Non-registered, band 4 practitioners deliver aspects of care traditionally associated with registered professionals, this can include leading a team of HCAs, delivering clinical skills such as wound management, scrubbing for theatre cases, leading an outpatient clinic list or planning discharge for patients. It does not include administration of medicines.

Currently we have trainee assistant practitioners working in theatres, wards and outpatient areas. Ipswich Hospital plans to have an annual cohort each September.

The trainee role is a two-year developmental programme at band 3 leading to band 4 on completion of work based and academic requirements. Academic funding has been granted until 2012, this is under constant review.

Candidates are interviewed for substantive posts, it is not possible for someone to only access the academic aspect of the role and achieve a band 4. The role can only be recruited to areas with vacancies.

UCS provide a Foundation Degree over two years which provides theoretical aspects of the role. Trainees attend University Campus Suffolk for two days per week, they are expected to complete written assignments, make presentations and complete computer based learning. Work based learning projects are part of the Foundation Degree requirement in addition there are two sets of Trust competencies to be completed.

Applicants must meet an academic level of Maths and English A-C or a recognised equivalent. Evidence of recent study, such as an NVQ or A levels is advantageous.