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Vascular Access Nurse Specialist

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Vascular Access Team (VAT) based at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU). If you decide to join our team you will work alongside caring and inclusive individuals who will ensure you have all the support you need to settle in and develop the skills you need to be able to perform this role to the best of your ability. Although this role covers the whole Trust you will be part of the Surgery and Outpatients Division, and therefore will also be able to draw on the wider team for advice and guidance as well as access any in house training that may support your development.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be working within a team of specialist nurses. The role will be varied and the successful candidate will care for both inpatients and outpatients who require the insertion and management of invasive devices such as PICC lines, Midlines and Cannulas. You will also be expected to provide expert advice on the care and maintenance of all PVCs and central lines. There will be an element of ward-based auditing, education and support across the whole organisation which means you will be encountering a variety of different specialities, staff members and patients. So, the successful candidate should have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work autonomously but also as part of the team which will include the VAT as well as those across the wider Trust.

About us

Here at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care for our local population. We are ranked as the third in the country for research, embedding education and training across the organisation. Our main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals on the south coast employing over 8,700 staff. Our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for getting it right for patients, colleagues, and our community, you will find a home at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be required to: Undertake training to become a specialist in vascular access and attend annual updates to ensure the vascular access service provides evidence-based care. Attain level 4 competency in the placement of intravenous devices, such as PICC and midlines. Attain level 4 competence in Phlebotomy, Cannulation and IV therapy. Provide expert advice, education and support to patients, their carers and other professionals. Provide support and expertise to junior staff. Contribute towards the patient safety agenda by auditing vascular access practice and devices in clinical areas to identify educational and training needs thus reducing the risk of blood stream infections. Audit the vascular access service to drive service improvements. Accept referrals and refer patients to other health care professionals as required in the hospital and/or in the community. To be responsible for the prioritising and allocating referrals, clinically assessing and consenting patients and undertaking clinical sessions. Lead and co-ordinate the service alongside the Vascular access lead nurse. Co-ordinate and implement an overall strategy of evidence based PICC line placement and Audits relevant to placement and vascular care. Through effective leadership ensure the vascular access team deliver a safe, robust, effective, responsive, caring and well-led service where compassion is embedded, and a positive patient experience is achieved. Provide strong professional clinical and managerial leadership and act as a professional role model.

Person Specification



  • Current RN with current NMC registration
  • BSc Degree Level Qualification



  • Teaching Qualification or experience
  • Clinical supervision - where applicable monthly attendance


  • Evidence of change management with relevant management/leadership course

Employer details

Employer name

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


Southwick Hill Road



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