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Advanced critical care practitioner

Advanced critical care practitioners (ACCPs) are highly experienced and skilled members working in critical care units. 

Training and qualifications required

You're likely to be already trained in a role such as a nurse or in one of the allied health professions, such as physiotherapy, and have significant clinical experience in that area. Most current ACCP trainees have a background in nursing.

Expected working hours and salary range

Advanced clinical care practitioners in the NHS work standard hours, which are likely to be around 37.5 a week. While training, they will be paid at band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay rates and at band 7 after qualifying.

Desirable skills and values

You'll need to be able to make well-informed critical life-saving decisions about the patients you are caring for (often under pressure); be able to reassure people, and have excellent communication and organisational skills.

Prospects

As a member of the critical care team, you'll be offered opportunities to develop your career further by learning more about service delivery. This will support your progression through the Agenda for Change banding structure.
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