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Peninsula Transfer Practitioner, Retrieve Adult Critical Care Transfer

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Exciting opportunities are now available for experienced critical care nurses to assume roles as Transfer Practitioners with Retrieve (Peninsula Base). Seeking highly skilled and compassionate Transfer Practitioners to join our team. If you are passionate about critical care and ensuring the safe transfer of critically ill adults, we want to hear from you.

As a Transfer Practitioner, you will play a vital role in the safe transfer of critically unwell patients. You will work closely with our Duty Consultants to provide high-quality transfer care, safeguarding the welfare and stability of patients during transfer to and from our regional and UK-wide hospitals.

Retrieve is the dedicated Adult Critical Care Transfer Service for the South West region, commissioned by NHS England South West Specialised Commissioning, hosted by the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, and supported by the South West Critical Care Network (SWCCN). Retrieve operates as a central point of contact for all adult critical care transfers, operating 24 hours a day through a dedicated 0300 number. Serving the region from two operational bases one in Launceston, Cornwall, covering the Peninsula sub-region (Devon and Cornwall), and another in Bristol, covering the Severn sub-region (Gloucestershire to Somerset).

Multiple positions available, and hours can be discussed during the interview process. These roles will be part-time, ranging from 0.61 to 0.92 WTE (Whole-Time Equivalent).

Main duties of the job

Following completion of our specialist transfer training, your role will concentrate on providing the specialised care required to transfer critically ill adults. This role will help you to develop your clinical and managerial skills by working remotely in referring centres, in partnership with the local teams alongside our Duty Consultants.

Retrieve triages referrals for any critical care patient, this includes a variety of specialities including neurosurgical, cardiology, cardiothoracics, major trauma, burns and hepatology patients to tertiary centres across the UK mainly by road and on occasion by air.

Retrieve will support you to undertake advanced courses such as Advanced Life Support, university masters modules along with the new National Qualification in Specialty Programme for the Training of Critical Care Transfer Practitioners.

Transfer Practitioners have a key role in clinical governance and each are actively involved in audit and research, having many of our Transfer Practitioners present their audit posters at last year's Retrieval Conference.

The dedicated Retrieve Education team will support you with daily education, including hands-on training using our simulation manikins. Transfer Practitioners support and mentor new members of the multi-professional team and demonstrate an active role in the ongoing education programmes.

About us

Retrieve is commissioned by NHS England South West Specialised Commissioning and hosted by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) which 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. 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. 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 to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role will provide an opportunity to join a dynamic team of Transfer Practitioners and Consultants across the South West.

Joining the service will develop your critical care skills and become an expert in the transfer of critically ill patients. The Transfer Practitioner role requires the skills of experienced critical care staff to care for these vulnerable patients. Join us as we take the next exciting step and provide excellent critical care in transfer 24 hours a day across our region.

There will be a requirement to work shifts including nights, evenings and weekends, with the occasional potential to overrun. There will be a requirement to work with highly infectious patients and therefore a necessity to comply with infection prevention and control guidance.

Peninsula base is currently based at the Launceston Community Hospital site.

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

Person Specification



  • Supportive
  • Respectful
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative
  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard

Knowlege and Experience


  • Recent operational experience in speciality of Intensive Care
  • Recent relevant experience with intra-hospital transfer
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in critical care transfers
  • Portfolio of evidence showing achievements in practice / speciality


  • Evidence of presentations at local and regional level
  • Evidence of delivering teaching programmes to staff groups



  • Competent in the use of IT packages such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  • Good knowledge of clinical information systems
  • Competent to utilise medical databases and search engines to access current evidence and literature
  • Competent in the use of databases and spreadsheets

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent critical care clinical skills
  • Ability to work in a highly demanding environment
  • Effective managerial, leadership and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • 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


  • Previous experience of research, audit and benchmarking
  • Further evidence of continued leadership/management development

Qualifications and Training


  • Relevant professional registrations with the NMC
  • Educated to Degree level or working towards completion
  • Speciality qualification in Adult Critical Care (or equivalent)
  • Assessing and mentoring qualification or willingness to undertake (e.g. FLAPP)
  • Basic and Advanced life support (APLS/EPLS) or willingness to undertake


  • Critical care transfer training course
  • Teaching qualification

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Retrieve Peninsula Base

Launceston Community Hospital


PL15 9JD

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