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Specialist Nurse Acute Care Team

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
23 May 2024
  • To be an expert practitioner in acute care nursing and be able to use these skills in a variety of clinical settings.
  • To work flexibly within the multi-professional team to deliver high quality care to the acutely ill ward patient.
  • Continually strive to improve knowledge with the aim to provide up-to-date evidence based practice to enhance the care of patients in this specialised field of pain management.
  • To be a ALS provider and attend all cardiac arrests and Medical Emergencies, trust wide

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.Secondment with the possibility of becoming permanent.***

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a member of the acute care team working across the trust. The team will provide a seamless and coordinated service that meets the needs of all patients requiring central venous access, those with acute pain or those who are at risk of deterioration.
  • Assessing patients recently transferred from the Critical Care area and co-ordinating all aspects of care with members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Carry the stroke bleep at night.
  • Provides specialist nursing advice regarding all aspects of acute pain in particular those patients with complex pain management needs.
  • Review patients with advanced pain management systems.
  • To provide advanced clinical skills that are unable/require support to be provided by ward staff alone e.g. tracheotomy care, non-invasive ventilation and Ketamine infusions.
  • Support and educate ward staff in gaining knowledge and skills to recognise and care for patients with acute care needs.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as an expert resource for all members of the multi-professional team, participating in the review of patients on general wards, liaising with clinicians in the transfer of patients to critical care when appropriate.
  • Act as a professional role model who leads by example in regard to behaviour, attitudes, conduct and appearance.
  • Independently manage a varying caseload of referrals.
  • Effectively lead, manage and evaluate change in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance and risk management and apply to work situation.
  • Actively contribute to and support agreed developments within directorate and Trust objectives.
  • Support equality and value diversity

For further details, please see the attached JD.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • o Proven evidence of self development
  • o Demonstrable excellent teaching skills


  • Demonstrable experience in a variety of intensive care settings
  • o Demonstrable experience in a similar setting



  • o NMC Registered
  • o ILS


  • o Research experience
  • o ALS
  • o APLS

Aptitude & Abilities


  • o Good communication skills
  • o Willing to undertake ALS course

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital

Derriford Road



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