OPAT Specialist Nurse

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Tropical & Infectious Diseases Unit has a successful service managing both patients requiring home IV antibiotic therapy, reducing length of stay of their hospital admission.

The OPAT Team are looking to recruit Band 6 to join the team in providing support for the Trust in managing OPAT patients. The successful candidate will be able to work autonomously, selecting suitable patients for inclusion in the service and providing excellent care to those patients.

Completion of Clinical Exam and Clinical Diagnostics course desirable. Venepuncture, Cannulation (up to date) essential. Competent with ABG, blood culture, IV access desirable. Previous experience in acute setting preferred but not essential. Knowledge of anti-microbial stewardship preferred.

Current working hours are 8am-4pm - Monday to Friday, with the view of working weekends in the future..

Ability to work and travel across all 3 hospital sites (AUH, RLH, BGH) essential.

Please note, the working days and hours are subject to change in accordance with service needs and will be reviewed in the next 6 months

Main duties of the job

This post is part of a multi-disciplinary pro-active team providinginfection prevention service to a large major teaching hospital.

The team works in partnership with all members of the Infection Control Group and Trust clinical and Management teams to ensure the Trust service complies with the Health Act, Health Protection Agency and relevant Department of Health guidance to safeguard patient's staff and visitors from avoidable healthcare associated infections and to support the management of sepsis within the hospital.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

To hear more about our achievements click herehttps://www.liverpoolft.nhs.uk/media/13089/1606-annual-report-booklet_final.pdf

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Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a resource for clinical teams and the clinical throughput team through the management of OPAT.

To provide nursing input in the identification, prevention, monitoring and control of

To provide initial assessment of patient needs and risk in relation to OPAT.To work with the Clinical Lead for the process of referrals and receiving patients within OPAT.

To manage OPAT patients in the community

Be confident in the use of intravenous access.

Promote Antimicrobial stewardship.

Support patient and families with Self administration of medicine in the community.

To involve patients and carers/relatives in the development of services.Interviewer information pack

To collect and analyze relevant data in conjunction with the Clinical lead for OPAT (Including Advancing Quality )

To liaise with outside health care agencies as necessary

To liaise with clinical staff in other areas of healthcare to ensure a seamless service.

To review national/local documents and advise on their impact on legislation.

To provide readily available information to staff and act as a specialist advisor in all matters relating to sepsis infection, where specific medicaladvice is not required.

To advise contracting departments, participating in the preparation of documents relating to service specifications and quality standards.

To take necessary action to ensure the safety and welfare of staff, patients and visitors in compliance with current Health and Safety

To use IT skills to input into MS office applications and specific Infection programmes to ensure the effective communication and storage ofpatient information


To provide advice, information and support to the Quality and Governance

To provide advice with regard to risk management, Standards for better Health and other Department of Health guidance

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse / Midwife
  • Post-basic specialist Qualification relevant to speciality
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Recordable specialist qualification
  • Independent Nurse Prescribing
  • ECDL



  • Post registration experience
  • Extensive clinical experience
  • Involvement in audit


  • Participation in research
  • Evidence of leading and facilitating change



  • In depth specialist knowledge



  • Teaching / assessment skills Organisation and negotiation skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Leadership & motivation skills
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Evidence of audit and change management ability
  • Ability to work both on own initiative and within a team



  • Diplomatic
  • Assertive and confident
  • Recognition of own limitations
  • Able to travel between sites
  • Flexibility

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool University Foundation Trust

Prescot Street


L7 8XP

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