Joined Up Careers Derbyshire (Talent Academy)

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, also known as the Derbyshire Health and Social Care Talent Academy, brings together local partner organisations to support the current and future health and social care workforce.

It seeks to find the best candidates for roles within the health and social care sector of Derby and Derbyshire – and support them on their career journey.

Joined Up Care Derbyshire, the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), will require some staff to work in different ways, sometimes in different places and with different team members. Joined Up Careers Derbyshire has been established to ensure colleagues are equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver to their best potential.

Our priorities

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire has three main priorities:

  1. To attract and recruit staff
  2. To retain staff and help progress their careers
  3. To support trainees and apprenticeships

We need to attract skilled and committed individuals to a wide variety of roles – as well as supporting them with training and opportunities while in post.

Our approach

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire is active in a number of areas to boost recruitment and retention. We are:

  • Supporting skills development and career progression of the existing workforce within health and social care
  • Promoting the wide variety of roles and career pathways available across the sector and at all levels
  • Increasing the profile of careers in health and social care - engaging with schools and colleges, job centres and partner organisations
  • Developing a pilot integrated health and social care worker apprenticeship scheme
  • Providing specialist careers advice and support for young people looking to enter the health and social care sector
  • Increasing the number of work experience and apprenticeship opportunities across health and social care
  • Supporting the private, voluntary and independent sectors with recruiting and retaining staff.

Why are we doing this?

The future supply of the health and care workforce has been identified as a critical issue for services, both locally and nationally.

With more people living longer, often with one or more long-term conditions, demand for services is growing. In Derby and Derbyshire, one in five people of the 780,000 population is aged 65 or over.

We need to ensure we are working in the most efficient ways to best meet people’s needs. This means we must have the right numbers of staff, appropriately skilled, trained and supported.

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire will support a robust and flexible workforce best able to meet future health and social care needs.

Better resourced and co-ordinated services will help people in Derby and Derbyshire stay well with appropriate support when they need.

Work in health and social care

Health and social care offers careers for everyone.

Working in the NHS

Did you know that the NHS is one of the largest employers in the world? And, with 1.5 million staff, it is the biggest in Europe.

The NHS offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference. With more than 350 different careers on offer, there is a job for you.

The NHS employs clinical and non-clinical staff. Clinical staff include doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives and pharmacists. Examples of non-clinical include electricians, administration, porters, accountants and caterers.

You can enter the NHS whatever your background, previous work experience and qualifications. And once you are in the NHS, we’ll work with you to develop your career, and fulfil your potential.

There are lots of ways to get into an NHS role, whether it’s joining direct from school, as an apprentice or after higher education. Or you can make the move from another sector.

We can help you find the role you’re looking for and see how you can best progress your career.

Find out more from NHS 70

What is the NHS?

Recruiting now for NHS nurses

Health Careers

Step into the NHS

Video: Working as a GP trainee in Derby

Working in social care

Did you know that one in five of Derbyshire’s population are aged 65 or over and that this figure is set to increase in coming years? Adult social care does not only support elderly people, but also those with physical disabilities, autism and mental health issues.

A career in care provides the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of adults living in Derby and Derbyshire. Hundreds of local care workers are helping people stay safe in their own homes, residential homes and in the community.

There are a range of rewarding and challenging roles within the care sector for people wanting to have a direct, visible impact on people’s lives. 

A career in care is not only rewarding, but offers flexibility, variety, and opportunities for progression and promotion. Training is provided in many caring roles to help you gain new skills and progress your career.

What is social care?

Working in a caring career

Job roles in social care

Skills for Care


You’re hired! 

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, also known as the ‘Talent Academy’, has established a ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme.

Partner organisations from across the NHS and local government put together 10 pilot apprentice posts for candidates looking for a grounding in both health and social care. The positions are hosted by Derbyshire County Council and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. The positions were first advertised in 2018 and the majority were filled.

It is one of the first times in the country that an apprenticeship scheme has been run linking together health and social care, offering such a wide variety of workplace experiences and care opportunities.

Apprentice roles within Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council has in August 2018 been recruiting for 25 health and social care apprentices for people looking to earn and learn within their direct care division. Successful completion will lead to a level two diploma in health and social care and access to a wide range of job opportunities. Further information from Derbyshire County Council.

View our videos

See what these apprentices at Derbyshire Community Health Services think about taking the first steps in their careers.

See national information on becoming an apprentice.

See Gurinder talking about his apprenticeship at Derby City Council.

Living and working in Derby and Derbyshire

Living in Derbyshire

Culture, shops, sport, the great outdoors – it’s all on your doorstep.

From the lively urban attractions of Derby and major towns to the tranquillity of the Peak District National Park, this area has it all.

It’s also one of the more affordable areas of the country – so your salary will go further, whether that’s money on your mortgage or the latest fashions in your wardrobe. Average house prices for example are below the national average in Derby and Derbyshire.

There are excellent transport links through the county. Direct rail services connect Derby to London in under two hours. 80% of the population are within a two-hour drive from Derby - great for visiting friends, family, customers and suppliers. Heading away on holiday? East Midlands Airport is just down the road.

The arts are well catered for throughout the region with venues such as Buxton Opera House, Derby Quad and the Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum.

Cultural attractions include Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Kedleston Hall. For the more active, there are tourist attractions such as Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath and thrill-seekers will always enjoy a trip into Staffordshire to experience Alton Towers.

For sports fans, you can follow the football at Derby’s Pride Park, Burton Albion or Chesterfield, watch Derbyshire County Cricket, enjoy track cycling at Derby Velodrome, or there’s motor sports at Donington Park. There are also plenty of opportunities for getting out and about in the countryside, including running, mountain biking, caving and kayaking.

For learners, there are a number of well-respected schools and colleges throughout the area. The University of Derby, with campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield, offers gold-standard higher education.

Working in Derbyshire

Whether you want to work in a hospital, health centre, call centre or care home, there are plenty of opportunities within Derby and Derbyshire. And now one of our organisations, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, covers part of Staffordshire we can offer opportunities further afield too. 

There are opportunities across the area to progress your career with employers keen to support your skills, training and continuous professional development. There are ways to re-train, re-skill and take on new roles. With a wide variety of employers and employment sites, there is the potential for a flexible portfolio career – taking on the hours and responsibilities you want, to balance careers, family and lifestyle.

Local employers include local authorities, primary care, NHS community providers, NHS acute trusts, NHS mental health providers, as well as independent and voluntary sector providers.

Dr Debbie Austin, High Peak, North Derbyshire:

“The High Peak area of North Derbyshire has a number of medium sized Practices and we all know and support each other very well. It feels like a GP community in its own right, but we have strong GP links with the rest of North Derbyshire as well, especially in The Dales. We are extremely fortunate to have the most beautiful countryside around us, with all sorts of activities on our doorstep, yet within easy reach of large cities such as Manchester and Sheffield. I am definitely not planning on changing my home and work place any time soon!”

Return to practice

We are keen to support qualified nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists return to practice. There are plenty of opportunities in Derby and Derbyshire and organisations who can support individuals returning to the workplace.

For further information on returning to practice, visit the Health Education England website.

Private, voluntary and independent sector

There are an estimated 1.75 million paid jobs in adult social care in England. Currently, most of the adult social care workforce is employed by private and voluntary sector organisations. This includes more than 24,000 privately run social care services, as well as in services run by local authorities. This group is largely made up of residential, day, home and community care workers. Most adult social care jobs involve directly providing care and support. The workforce of the future will be increasingly employed in different types of organisations, some of which will work across traditional social care and health boundaries to deliver more integrated services. 

Advanced clinical practitioners

What is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP)?

Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) are highly trained professionals with the knowledge and skills to take on wider roles caring for patients. They have advanced qualifications (such as a Masters degree) and the capability to work independently but are integral to a clinical team approach. The professionals are from a range of professional backgrounds such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, pharmacy, paramedicine and occupational therapy but all must be a current regulated healthcare practitioner. 

Health Education England (HEE) definition of advanced clinical practice:

“Advanced clinical practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This is underpinned by a masters level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence. 

“Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes.”

Neither the ACP title nor level of practice are regulated and, as such, are open to use by anyone making recruitment particularly challenging and understanding particularly challenging

It should be noted that this definition refers to a levelof practicenot a role, however in Derbyshire the ACP title is a defined role with clearly defined capabilities to provide clarity for patients and practitioners in understanding expectations. 

What do ACPs in Derbyshire do?

They are capable of performing a range of tasks which may include prescribing drugs, ordering tests, organising treatment and working out the best treatment plans for patients. ACPs work across the NHS - in GP practices, hospital wards, emergency departments and community hospitals to name a few. 

ACPs by title within Derbyshire work across health conditions and varying levels of health complexity. The ACP has broader advanced knowledge and skills to look after patient care as a whole, but they may refer to a specialist for more in-depth, ongoing care. It is important to acknowledge that a specialist practitioner may also be working at an advanced level. The two roles - ACP and Specialist - do not compete but work with each other and the rest of the healthcare team to provide best care for patients.

ACPs in primary care in Derbyshire

We are currently unclear of precise numbers of practitioners in primary care within Derbyshire who meet the recognised definition of ACP as per HEE (2017) definition or indeed the Derbyshire agreed definition. We are aware of numbers of practitioners who use the term 'advanced' but remain unclear of their qualifications, training or competency and assessment that has been undertaken. It is important to acknowledge though that each practitioner regardless of title is a valued member of the healthcare team but to enable the development of the future workforce we need to identify a base line understanding. 

In response to this dilemma, a register of all ACPs across the county is being developed seeking to identify where ACPs are based and how the appropriate support and guidance can be put in place for all practitioners. Within primary care all those who believe they are ACPs, or have ‘advanced’ in their title, are being asked to email Julia Taylor, Advanced Clinical Practitioner/GP Trainer.

Letters have been sent to GP practices across Derbyshire and responses are encouraged from every practice to ensure the information is as up-to-date and accurate as possible.

What are some of the requirements of being an ACP in Derbyshire?

The criteria for being an ACP in Derbyshire include:

  • Being an experienced clinician (approximately five years post-initial qualification and two years working at a senior level)
  • Holds current professional registration
  • A full Masters degree (Derbyshire requirement)
  • Evidence of expertise in clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research
  • Evidence of clinical competence within specific area of practice and which meets the capabilities within the HEE framework (2017).


Julia Taylor, Advanced Clinical Practitioner/GP Trainer, talks about the role of being an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) in Derby and Derbyshire.

Alison Martin, who has a background in physiotherapy at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, talks about becoming an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP).

Simon Baker, discusses being a trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) in the surgical services department at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.

Clare Sutherland, who comes from a nursing background, talks about her role as corporate lead for advanced practice in Derby.

Further information

Email Julia Taylor and follow Julia Taylor on Twitter

Derbyshire LMC website

Health Education England website

Contact the Joined Up Careers team