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OPAT IV Access Specialist Nurse

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 6
Part Time
Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) working in partnership with Wirral Integrated Care System and Wirral Community Health and Care Trust (WCHC) are committed to provide a high quality service to patients on Wirral who require the administration of IV antibiotics in the home or community clinic setting.

An opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual to join the multi-disciplinary OPAT IV Access team as an OPAT/IV access specialist nurse to cover maternity leave for 12 months.

The post holders will work in close liaison with secondary care and community services to deliver care along agreed clinical pathways supporting early discharge and admission avoidance.

Main duties of the job

The role will include providing specialised, highly skilled care to patients and will provide support for both community nursing teams and GP's including training, education and advice.

In addition to the ward based clinical skills, the practitioner will be required to develop a range of additional skills or techniques including line placement, working on rotation to support the WUTH IV access service.

The post holder will be based at WUTH, but will also work in the community. The post holder must be able to drive and have access to a car which can be used for work purposes.

The core working hours are Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) plus the requirement to participate on a weekend on-call rota from home.

About us

All new colleagues can expect to receive a warm and friendly Wirral welcome from the very first time they make contact with us. We are described as competent and caring staff by our patients.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is situated on The Wirral peninsula which has a stunning coastline and beautiful countryside surroundings, with great activities for its residents.

We are one of the largest and busiest acute Trusts in the North West of England, comprising of the Wirral's only Emergency Department. We provide a high quality range of acute care services and employ over 6,000 staff, who serve a population of approximately 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint.

We have approximately 855 beds trust-wide and our financial turnover is in excess of �337m.

The Wirral is easily accessible with excellent transport links including motorway, train, bus or ferry and within easy reach to the major cities of Liverpool, Chester and Manchester as well as neighbouring North Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description for further information about the OPAT IV Access Specialist Nurse position available at WUTH.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Specific Experience & Training


  • Current professional registration e.g. registered nurse, with a broad knowledge of general nursing.
  • A minimum of three years relevant post registration experience, with experience at senior level or professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by diploma level specialist training, experience or specialist courses.
  • In possession of a post registration teaching qualification (e.g. ENB 998 or equivalent).
  • Degree level or working towards degree


  • Post registration experience of infection control /degree module in infection control

Knowledge and Skills


  • Computer skills - the ability to utilise the computer to communicate a range of information.
  • Experience with administration of IV antibiotics
  • Experience with administration of IV antibiotics


  • Competent to perform midline and PICC and Deep Access cannula insertion
  • ANTT trained - stage 2 level assessor

Other Requirements


  • Needs to be able to drive and have full driving licence due to community aspects of the role.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Capable of contributing to the formulation of policies and procedures and an ability to understand the implications of those policies and procedures for other staff.
  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with patients, members of the public and all members of the multidisciplinary team.

Personal Attributes


  • Organised - the ability to plan and structure workload to maintain an efficient service.
  • Methodical - be well disciplined and prioritise workload to meet the needs of the service.
  • Persistent - be determined to complete objectives, manage change, and show tenacity when faced with difficulties
  • Motivational - ability to be self-motivated and promotes enthusiasm and encouragement in others.
  • Sensitive - be understanding of others and intuitive of their needs and pressure in a confidential manner.
  • Flexible - the ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • To always provide a high standard of professional conduct and care in accordance with the NMC.
  • Responsive - be reactive to situations and aware of the measures required to remedy problems.

Employer details

Employer name

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Wirral University Teaching Hospital



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