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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Vascular Access Unit

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
23 Jun 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual with vascular access experience to join our CUH Vascular Access Unit. You will already be experienced in inserting PICC lines as a minimum and will have a proven background in providing leadership with assessment, development and implementation of specialized nursing duties within the specialty.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be a recognized expert in the specialty, responsible for assessing, developing and implementing specialist nursing care within vascular access.
  • As an autonomous practitioner, the post holder will be able to independently insert PICC lines, whilst working towards more complex line insertions.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for providing specialist advice and support and liaise with other staff. This includes the provision of specialist education and training for other staff and students.
  • They will be responsible for implementing a clearly defined integrated approach to patient care encompassing new treatments and evidence based care.
  • The Band 7 role frequently requires the candidate to undertake research and lead clinical audits in own specialist area.
  • They will act as Deputy for the Lead CNS, supporting in operationalizing the strategic direction of the service.
  • The post holder will frequently lead the shift, triaging referrals , leading and managing the team.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 20 June 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 29 June 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • -Registered Nurse educated to Degree level or willingness to undertake -Evidence of continuous professional development -Teaching qualification -Advanced communication skills/counselling qualification or willingness to undertake -Advanced clinical assessment


  • -Research module -Master's Degree



  • -Significant relevant experience in the Speciality and ability to demonstrate expert nursing skills -Accept personal accountability for own practice -Experience of formal/informal teaching -Experience of initiating change



  • -Understanding of evidence-based practice -Understanding of clinical governance -Understanding of patient pathways, its complexities and how to support the patient through this



  • -Good verbal and written communication skills -Capable of working as an integral member of a small team -Adaptable to changing situations due to workload and colleagues needs -Ability to undertake teaching of staff and patients -Leadership skills -Ability to work unsupervised and manage own workload effective time-management -Effective interpersonal skills -Ability to lead developments in practice -Commitment to multidisciplinary working -Demonstrate analytical and judgemental skills -Ability to quickly appraise situation and act accordingly


  • -Advanced communication skills

Additional Requirements


  • -The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent. -To act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with NMC Code of Conduct -Capable of developing liaisons with other practice areas/academic institutions


  • -Knowledge of broader issues related to speciality - political and Trust

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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