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Critical Care Outreach Practitioner

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated member of critical care staff to join the Critical Care Outreach Team at South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust. The post holder will deliver a nurse led critical care outreach service, to support and improve services for level 1 level 2 patients on the ward, who are at risk of deteriorating. They will provide highly specialised interventions and support with appropriate physical assessment, observation and treatment of acutely / critically ill patients. Key Requirements: Critical Care nurse with significant band 6 critical care experience. Hours per week: 37.5 hours per week, but would consider part time. Must be able to work day and night duty including public holidays and weekends

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to provide high quality nursing care to patients at ward level and within critical care throughout the Trust. They will be required to support and improve services for patients at risk of deterioration, and those who may need escalation to a higher level of care. The post holder will be required to provide highly specialised interventions and support with the appropriate physical assessment, observation and treatment for acutely unwell patients, and support those stepping down from a higher level of care. The post holder will need to have significant critical care experience at a senior level. The CCOT service provide 24/7 cover to both Sunderland and South Tyneside sites, so rotation is required. The post also requires the applicant to be able to work a range of shifts including night duties, weekends and bank holidays.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To coordinate the delivery and development of the Critical Care Outreach service through the use of effective evidence based practice in line with agreed national standards for patient safety and monitoring.

To support and improve services for level 1 patients on the ward at risk of deterioration, and in need of level 2 or level 3 care.

To provide an integrated Trust wide approach to Critical Care with the provision of the service outside the boundary of the ICCU.

To enable timely discharges from ICCU by supporting the continuing recovery and rehabilitation of patients transferred to the ward.

To provide highly specialised interventions and support with appropriate physical assessment, observation and treatment for acutely / critically ill patients on the ward.

To be accountable for the planning and delivery of safe, effective and compassionate patient care in relation to dedicated pathways of care, working as an autonomous practitioner.

To continuously improve clinical care standards in line with the clinical governance framework.

To exercise accountability as set out in the NMC Code of Conduct.

To ensure effective communication internally and externally regarding patient care and resources.

Provide education and training to clinical staff across the Trust.

Provide specialist clinical advice and support to patients and clinical staff within the Trust on the management and care of patients within the specialist area.

To represent the service nationwide. Job Description Template July 2021 Version 2 Page 2 of 12

To play a key role in ensuring that national and local standards/targets for specialist area are met.

To undertake research relevant to the needs of the specialist area.

To comply with the Trusts Vision, Values and Behavioural Compact


Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse.
  • Degree in nursing studies or other relevant clinical degree (UK
  • equivalent).
  • Mentorship certificate/ Practice Assessor training or
  • demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • History Taking / Clinical skills accreditation.
  • Completion of, National Competency Framework for Registered
  • Nurses in Adult Critical Care Steps 1, 2 & 3 or equivalent.
  • Post-Qualification Critical Care Course which meets the
  • requirements of the National Standards for Adult Critical Care
  • Nurse Education


  • Leadership and Management course.
  • Non-medical prescribing or willingness to complete.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Awareness of national health and social care policy.
  • Knowledge of best practice in area of specialism.
  • Thorough understanding of expanded roles/professional practice
  • issues.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious
  • information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training,
  • empathic or reassurance skills are required.
  • Able to work without supervision.
  • Competent in the use of IT packages (Meditech, V6, MS Office)
  • Proven interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of competency in relation to clinical practices
  • appropriate to the post.


  • Project management skills.
  • ALS course



  • Experience of care delivery.
  • Significant band 6 experience of working in Critical Care.
  • Experience of leading a team/supervising junior staff.
  • Evidence of innovation in practice.
  • Evidence of practice development.
  • Experience of coordinating care for a caseload of patients.
  • Clinical teaching experience.


  • Experience of working within the Critical Care Outreach Team

Physical Skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy.
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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