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Senior Resuscitation Officer

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has been created for a band 7 Resuscitation Officer to join the existing resuscitation team.

As part of a team you will be responsible for developing, and delivering a wide range of clinically focused resuscitation, deteriorating patient and patient safety focussed training programmes to all levels of staff in adult and paediatric areas. You will also support the implementation of resuscitation or deteriorating patient related national guidelines and targets, Trust wide audits, quality improvement activities and projects as well as maintain clinical visibility.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to further develop your skills and knowledge in leadership and teaching within a forward thinking Trust.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support with the Lead Resuscitation Officer to direct the Trust-wide Resuscitation Service and in the absence of the Lead Resuscitation Officer will provide strategic advice.

Work with the Trust's Resuscitation Committee, Operational Managers and staff to ensure the availability and preparedness of resuscitation equipment in clinical practice.

The post holder will provide specialist knowledge and expert advice in relation to resuscitation subjects.

In conjunction with the Trust Resuscitation Committee, will support Trust compliance with CQC and UK Resuscitation standards/guidelines. Advising on resources required to comply with the standards/guidelines.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Support the Resuscitation Service Lead in the Interpretation of national guidelines and policies for resuscitation, anaphylaxis and other emergency support procedures such as emergency oxygen care, early warning tools. Advise and update relevant algorithms and policies through identified service leads on resuscitation requirements.

Participate in and development of resuscitation, anaphylaxis and any training/teaching sessions deemed appropriate to the role.

Organise and deliver adult and paediatric Immediate Life Support (ILS) Resuscitation Council (UK) validated courses to Health Care Professionals within the Trust.

Organise and deliver Basic Life Support (BLS) and BLS updates (adult and paediatric) to the relevant target audience.

Support the Resuscitation Service Lead in maintaining Resuscitation Team compliance with regulatory training to enable their delivery of resuscitation training.

Ensure all training is delivered at the appropriate standard and to deliver sufficient training sessions to meet the target numbers annually.

Undertake practice drills and ward observations/training within all inpatient wards and community services where required ensuring actions are taken to address areas of concern.

Support the Resuscitation Service Lead in relation to emergency equipment required and advise directors and managers accordingly with regards to the procurement of equipment.

Support the Resuscitation Service Lead with the monitoring and auditing of emergency equipment within clinical areas and to take actions to address areas of concern.

Support the Clinical Managers in facilitating the development of acute clinical skills of staff within the Trust and in line with requirements from Learning & Development to meet national and local targets and quality indicators.

Uphold the NMC/HCPC/GMC standards and Codes of Professional Conduct, Scope of Professional Practice, Documentation, and Medicine Administration as published

Be a clinically credible leader to be visible in clinical services and be able to demonstrate competence in resuscitation skills

Provide appropriate post resuscitation incident support and or relevant remedial training as required.

Advising, as required on the management of critical care transfers within the Trust.

Demonstrate high levels of interpersonal skills including diplomacy, negotiation and motivation to support best practice.

To represent the Trust at relevant external meetings and maintain membership at relevant Resuscitation regional meetings.

Provide clinical advice and support to medical staff on matters relating to Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Decisions.


Support the Resuscitation Service Lead to ensure all training is delivered at the appropriate standard and to ensure delivery of sufficient training sessions in relevant localities to meet the target numbers annually.

Support the Resuscitation Service Lead to effectively manage any change process required to develop the service.

To support the Resuscitation Service Lead in the line manage staff, in accordance with Trust policies and procedures

To support the Resuscitation Service Lead with the management of the departmental budget.

In the absence of the Resuscitation Service Lead advise the Trust Resuscitation Committee ensuring compliance with Resuscitation Council (UK) requirements, legislation and national standards including Health and Safety, MHRA, NPSA, CQC and NHSLA.

In the absence of the Resuscitation Service Lead the Senior Resuscitation Officer will assume delegated key responsibilities and initiate preliminary corrective action in accordance with Unit/Trust Resuscitation Policies and Guidelines where necessary.

To be an effective communicator and listener (written and verbal) with members of the multidisciplinary team. Be able to discuss matters and handle sensitive issues.

To assist managers with the monitoring of quality and governance assurance systems within the Trust.

To assist the Resuscitation Service Lead in the day-to-day management of the Resuscitation Service and provide effective leadership to the Resuscitation Team in the absence of the Resuscitation Service Lead.

To support the Resuscitation Service Lead to ensure appropriate funds for equipment and procurement are available for resuscitation, including the physically deteriorating patient.

The Resuscitation Officer will be expected to establish working relationships with key staff in the organisation including the:

Learning and Development Manager

Head of Risk Management and Patient Safety

Medical Officer co-chair of the Resuscitation Committee

Medical Director

Assistant Directors

Business Managers

Professional and Clinical Leads

Trust leads for physical health initiatives and working groups

Health and Safety and Medical Devices Leads

Head of Estates and Facilities

Matrons & Community Matrons

Lecturers and Cascade Trainers

Trust ECT providers

Acute Trust resuscitation services, where required

Please see attached Job Description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Registered Health Care Professional with such as a Qualified Nurse, Qualified Paramedic or appropriately trained and qualified professional and current registration with the NMC or HCPC as appropriate.
  • Recognised teaching qualification such as PTLLS City & Guilds 7303, or PGCE or equivalent
  • Advance Life Support Instructor
  • European Paediatric Advance Life Support (EPALS)/Advanced Paediatric Advance Life Support (APLS)Instructor
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Specialist knowledge in area of health through relevant degree or equivalent plus additional experience to masters level or equivalent



  • Significant experience of working in resuscitation care environment
  • Significant experience in resuscitation training and practice at Band 6 or above.
  • Experience of providing ILS training
  • Experience of leading resuscitation attempts
  • Experience of team working within critical/emergency care interventions
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills within a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to participate/lead acute care interventions as indicated by early warning scoring and within agreed transfer protocols.
  • Ability to lead/direct a resuscitation attempt according to current Resuscitation Council (UK) algorithms
  • Experience in providing escort as sole member or as part of transfer team.
  • Basic, Immediate and Advanced Life Support knowledge and competence
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, national standards, RCUK, NPS, NHSLA, NICE and CQC requirements, issues and standards
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the Resuscitation Council UK.
  • Provide evidence of actively maintaining current knowledge by exposure to relevant journals and regular review of Resuscitation Council (UK) internet site.


  • Change management experience within a complex environment
  • Associate member of Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Member of relevant external networks for resuscitation officers.
  • Experience of training in an acute/community trust would be advantageous
  • Experience of working or linking with a Mental Health Trust.



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of professionals within the organisation and members of the public
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to articulate and evidence personal credibility
  • Positive attitude to training and high customer care skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to manage difficult situations effectively
  • Able to work independently but also as part of a team
  • Ability to identify and employ methods of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.


  • Research and audit
  • Problem solving
  • Project Management
  • Ability to assess and manage risk

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Business First

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