Paediatric Critical Care Transport Nurse

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Paediatric Critical Care Transport Nurse

Wales and West Acute Transport for Children Service (WATCh)

1.0 WTE (Rotational / Part time considered)

1.0 WTE Fixed Term Post until November 2023

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Paediatric critical care nurse to join the Wales and West Acute Transport for Children (WATCh) Service.

The WATCh Service is the regional Paediatric Critical Care Transport Service serving the Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) in the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital, University Hospital of Wales (UHW), Cardiff and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol.

Covering one of the largest geographical areas in the United Kingdom, the service provides comprehensive paediatric critical care advice and support for 22 referring centres throughout South Wales and the South West of England.

The PICU in the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital has eight beds and admits children with a wide variety of paediatric medical conditions including oncology and cardiology as well as surgical presentations including acute neurosurgery.

The PICU in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children has 18 intensive care beds and is the designated supra-regional burns centre for children. The Unit cares for infants and children requiring cardiac surgery, children with major burns as well as a wide variety of paediatric medical, surgical, cardiology, oncological and renal presentations.

In addition, both of the PICUs are designated major trauma centres for children.

Main duties of the job

As a transport nurse you will contribute to the delivery of a high quality, safe and efficient transport service for critically ill children and their families, working in partnership with the multi-professional team. An exciting additional aspect of this role is the provision of independent nurse delivered high dependency transports (under remote Consultant supervision) into and out of the tertiary centres. Another part of your role will be supporting the relationships between the service and the referring centres in the role of the link nurse for a number of designated hospitals. Working in partnership with Service Educators and the link Consultant, there is the opportunity to contribute to the outreach education/annual update programme including the use of multidisciplinary simulation.

Applicantsmust be RSCN / RN part 15 with recent experience in children's critical care nursing, a post registration qualification in children's critical care; recent paediatric critical care transport experience is also desirable

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Recent operational experience in speciality of Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in Children's Nursing
  • Portfolio of evidence showing achievements in practice / speciality


  • Recent relevant experience working in a Paediatric Critical Care Transport Service
  • Evidence of presentations at local and regional level
  • Evidence of delivering teaching programmes to staff groups

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent paediatric clinical skills
  • Ability to work in a highly demanding environment
  • Effective managerial, leadership and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills E o
  • Able to work across professional team and organisational boundaries
  • Previous experience of change management and problem solving
  • An understanding of audit and research methodologies
  • Ability to demonstrate effective use of resources
  • Ability to work with advanced technologies
  • Flexibility in working practices (unsocial hours / internal rotation )
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others
  • Delivery of evidence based practice
  • Competent in the use of IT packages such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  • Good knowledge of clinical information systems eg. ICE/ Medway / Insignia
  • Competent to utilise medical databases and search engines to access current evidence and literature


  • Further evidence of continued leadership / management development
  • Previous experience of research, audit and benchmarking
  • Competent in the use of databases and spreadsheets

Qualifications & Training


  • Relevant professional registration with the NMC
  • Educated to 1st degree level or working towards completion
  • Speciality qualification in Paediatric Critical Care
  • Assessing and mentoring qualification or willingness to undertake (e.g.)
  • Basic and Advanced life support (APLS/EPLS) or willingness to undertake


  • Teaching qualification
  • Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning for the Presenting Child Module or similar

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