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Severn 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
19 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced member of critical care staff to take up a role as a Transfer Practitioner, working for Retrieve (Severn Base).

Retrieve is the South West's dedicated Adult Critical Care Transfer Service, commissioned by NHS England South West Specialised Commissioning, hosted by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and supported by the South West Critical Care Network (SWCCN). We are looking for a registered critical care practitioners who can deliver high-quality transfer care to critically unwell patients across the South West.

Retrieve began in November 2020, one of the first dedicated Adult Critical Care Transfer Services in the country. This truly ground-breaking service has been responsible for creating a blueprint for the national specification. Retrieve's achievements have also been recognised by being awarded the BMJ 2021 Critical Care Team of the Year award. More recently winning the Intensive Care Society Impact award 2022

Retrieve provides a single point of contact for all adult critical care transfer referrals 24 hours a day via a dedicated 0300 number. All calls are managed by a Duty Consultant who triages, coordinates and can provide remote decision-support if required. The service has been awarded funding to expand its current daytime service to a full 24 hour operations

Main duties of the job

As a Band 6 Transfer Practitioner, following completion of the appropriate additional training, you will assume responsibility for the specialised care required to transfer critically ill adults. There is an expectation that you continue to develop your clinical and management skills by demonstrating an ability to work remotely in the referring centres, in partnership with the local teams.

On occasion, the role involves working independently, providing Practitioner-delivered transfers of Level 2 (high dependency) and Level 1 (ward level) patients. This is supported remotely by the Retrieve Duty Consultant and will typically involve collaborative working with a doctor from the referring hospital.

You will be expected to support and mentor new members of the multi-professional team, demonstrating an active role in the ongoing education programmes.

In partnership with the SWCCN, the post holder will support the relationship between the Service and referring centers.

Supported by the Lead Nurses and Senior Transfer Practitioner, successful applicants will be involved with service projects, audit and research, delivery and completion of education and outreach.

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.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) 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, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. 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. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. 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 in order 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, Transfer Doctors and Duty Consultants across the southwest. Joining the service will allow you to further extend your critical care skills and become an expert in the transfer of the critically ill patients. The Transfer Practitioner role requires the skills of experienced ITU 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.

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

Person Specification

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
  • Basic and Advanced life support (APLS/EPLS) or willingness to undertak


  • Critical care transfer training course
  • Teaching qualification

Public Sector Language Competency


  • 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

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
  • 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


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

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Retrieve Severn Base

Aztec West, Bradley Stoke


BS32 4QA

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