Adult Critical Care Transport Practitioner, ACCOTs

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Castle Donnington
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to take on the role of Transfer Practitioner within the Adult Critical Care Coordination and Transfer Service (ACCOTS).

ACCOTS is a newly commissioned service for the Midlands region. It is hosted by the University Hospitals of Leicester and provides coordination, triage, decision support and transfer of critically ill patients between hospitals for escalation of treatment, repatriation or capacity reasons.

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of a new team and service. As a Band 6 Transfer Practitioner, following completion of theappropriate additional training, you will assume responsibility for thespecialised care required to transfer critically ill adults.

You will be based at ACCOTS base at Castle Donnington but travel will be required to UHL sites on an ad hoc basis. Shift work is required to meet service needs.

Main duties of the job

By working collaboratively with the multi-professional team, the postholder will act as a professional role model, setting standards of practiceand promoting clinical effectiveness and actively participating in practicedevelopments identified through the service governance processes.

You will be expected to support and mentor new members of the multiprofessional team, demonstrating an active role in on-going education programmes. In partnership with the Midlands Critical Care Network, the post holder will support the relationship between the Service and referring centres through taking on the role of link practitioner for several designated hospitals; assuming responsibility, with the Lead Practitioner and Band 7 Educator, for the delivery of outreach education and annual updates.

Duties to also include:
  • Transferring of Level 3 Critical Care patients as part of a skilled multi-disciplinary team
  • On occasion transferring as an independent practitioner of Level 2 (high dependency) and Level 1 (ward level) patients
  • Working collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team
  • You will be expected to support and mentor new members of the multi-disciplinary team, demonstrating an active role in on-going education programme.

About us

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here to do. They are:
  • We focus on what matters most
  • We treat others how we would like to be treated
  • We are passionate and creative in our work
  • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure all aspects of performance, attendance, training and appraisal are addressed in accordance with Trust policies.
  • To participate and support staff in the development of service delivery audits and implementation of findings to improve patient care.
  • Maintain efficient and effective communication with all members of the transport multi-disciplinary team.
  • To meet regularly with Lead Practitioner and Clinical Lead to discuss professional progress and development within the transport team.
  • Act in a Professional manner and ensure self and transport staff adhere to the UHL Uniform policy at all times.
  • Act as a positive role model through the provision of effective professional leadership for ACCOTs with demonstration of competent and accountable clinical practice.
  • Act as an adviser/educator and role model to less experienced doctors, nurses and therapists (MDT) to ensure appropriate care is planned, implemented and evaluated
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current research associated with all aspects of the speciality and advise others where appropriate on the implementation of relevant research findings.
  • In partnership with other members of the multi-professional team develop guidelines and protocols to maintain the provision of high quality critical care.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal communication and listening skills with patients, relatives and all the multi-professional members of staff.

Please see job description/person specification for full details on the role.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Appropriate current registration NMC/HCPC
  • Successful completion of recognised post registration qualification - Critical Care Course (or equivalent)
  • ILS competent with basic and advanced life support or willingness to undertake
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD and achievements within critical care environment


  • ALS instructor
  • Successful completion of a recognised critical care transport (adult)
  • Recognised teaching and assessing qualification including mentorship course



  • Recent experience working within an adult critical care unit with minimum 3 years recent post registration experience
  • Portfolio of evidence showing achievements in practice/speciality
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in critical care transfers
  • Competent computer skills including Microsoft Office applications
  • Certified IV drug administrator, both centrally and peripherally


  • Experience of working cross boundaries
  • Experience of teaching and assessing
  • Experience of working within an adult transport service

Communication and relationship skills


  • Excellent standard of spoken and written English
  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities, conscientious, demonstrates assertiveness, diplomatic and able to deal with conflict


  • Recognition and management of stress in self and others

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