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Resuscitation Practitoner

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Resuscitation Practitioner (RP) is responsible for the provision (delivery and monitoring of standards) of mandatory resuscitation training for all medical, nursing and ancillary staff employed by University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. The post holder will also deliver training to external organisations to generate income for the Trust.

To implement, maintain & grow education packages using Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) service within University Hospitals Sussex.

The RP will have a clinical role, attending medical emergencies and cardiac arrest calls, providing expert advice and clinical support to ensure safe, high quality patient care.

The RP will attend Resuscitation Operational Management Group (ROMG) meetings, providing professional advice and feedback on issues such as audit, equipment and training.

The RP will identify areas of the service for improvement and contribute to the resuscitation services strategy for service development.

Main duties of the job

Patient Care Delivery
  • Hold an emergency bleep and respond to adult and paediatric clinical emergencies acting as member within the multi-disciplinary team as necessary.
  • Perform clinical interventions at speed and with a high degree of precision (e.g. defibrillation, cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing, cannulation, intra-osseous needle insertion, laryngeal mask insertion, intubation,) as required during resuscitation within sphere of competence and policy compliance, and with due regard to safety and expertise of other team members.
  • Ensure adherence, wherever possible during resuscitation, to safe handling techniques, control of infection etc and when this cannot be achieved ensure appropriate referral and follow-up is instigated (e.g. Critical Incident Reporting, Risk Assessment, Occupational Health Referral etc).
  • Professionally accountable for own autonomous practice and responsible for maintaining and improving personal knowledge and professional competence.
  • Provide a role model to medical, nursing and ancillary staff to ensure awareness of and adherence to local and national policies and procedures.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Regularly adapts/modifies communication techniques within teaching and clinical emergencies. Therefore meeting the different learning needs and levels of understanding from qualified health care providers to parents and relatives.
  • Possess and utilise good communication skills for formal presentations to relevant groups and committees, teaching, facilitation and role play during planned teaching in the classroom and simulations in a clinical environment.
  • Analyse and disseminate information from all sources, both external and internal, to the Resuscitation group and to additional departments as required.
  • Assume an advisory role during cardiac arrest calls, acting as a role model, offering advice, thereby ensuring best practice, as required to the multidisciplinary team.
  • Ensure good communication and develop effective working relationships with staff at all levels across the Trust to ensure service delivery is maintained to the highest standard.
  • Ensure all wards and departments are in possession of and understand current procedures for cardio- pulmonary resuscitation in-line with Resuscitation Council (UK) recommendations and Trust policy.
  • Present cardiac arrest, DNACPR and equipment audit findings to relevant groups and committees, eg, Patient safety Groups, Governance Groups and the University Hospitals Sussex Management Board

Service Delivery and Improvement
  • Work closely with the Resuscitation Services team in the creation and review of Trust policies and procedures relating to Resuscitation, ensuring that such policies and procedures accurately reflect best practice as agreed nationally.
  • Plan, manage and implement relevant audits related to Resuscitation and implement action plans based on audit findings.
  • Assist in the implementation, administration and provision of a comprehensive in-house training programme in basic, intermediate and advanced life support and related subjects for all health care workers within the Trust in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Assist in the development of Resuscitation programmes, providing administrative support, advice and research, encouraging inter-professional learning.
  • Assist colleagues or lead in the organisation of Resuscitation Council UK and Advanced Life Support Group accredited courses or other courses for external organisations such as BSMS.
  • Teach/facilitate to all grades of staff, both medical, nursing and/or professions allied to medicine, on any of the courses run by the RSD including Immediate Life Support (ILS) courses at short notice, ad-hoc or unplanned sessions.
  • Work with the resuscitation services team to develop protocols and guidelines to support clinical practice and ensure these are updates as required.
  • Responsible for the development, planning and co-ordination of a specialist service. To assist in the management, development and research of service, including service reviews.
  • Familiar with resuscitation service improvement processes and techniques.
  • Able to implement changes in service delivery autonomously.
  • Able to work in accordance with service delivery strategies and demonstrate improvement.
  • Manage allocated training by preparing appropriate handouts, equipment and training venue. Feedback any issues of concern, raised during training, to either the Senior Resuscitation Practitioners or the Lead Resuscitation Practitioner.
  • Responsible for the safe use of equipment by others, for example defibrillators and bone injector gun, during simulated training practice and in the clinical environment when attending clinical incidents.
  • Adapt clinical training equipment to meet the needs of the staff using the equipment during training.
  • Ensure all wards and departments are in possession of and understand current procedures for cardio- pulmonary resuscitation in-line with Resuscitation Council (UK) recommendations and Trust policy.

People Management and Development
  • To provide leadership and management of any junior banded staff and apprentices that may work with the team.
  • Carry out, where required, appraisals and support the development of any junior banded staff and apprentices that may work with the team.

Learning and Development
  • Attend mandatory training updates as required.
  • Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development process.
  • Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  • Identify own learning needs and jointly plan training requirements with your line manager
  • Participate in the Trusts appraisal process to discuss how your role will help deliver the best possible care to our patients and help to deliver any changes in service.
  • Maintain Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) instructor/provider status on ILS, PILS and or ALS/EAPLS/APLS/NLS & ARNI courses, as per RCUK regulations.

Person Specification

Essential & Desirable


  • Registered Health Care Professional (Registered Nurse, Paramedic, ODP). Active professional registration
  • Relevant Post Registration Qualification in acute or critical care or relevant qualification or experience.
  • Mentorship/coaching qualification or recognised teaching qualification.
  • At least one of the Resuscitation Council (UK) ILS, PILS, ALS, EPALS or NLS and/or the ALSG APLS provider course.
  • Work within codes of practice and according to professional standards and guidelines
  • Able to organise own workload with due regard to priorities.
  • Articulate and flexible to meet changing demands of the role.


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or similar.
  • Resuscitation Council (UK) ILS, PILS, ALS, EPALS, NLS and or ALSG APLS instructor or instructor candidate status.
  • Knowledge & experience of audit and policy review Experience of income generation.
  • Experience in resuscitation training and practice.
  • Experience of carrying out staff appraisals
  • Experience of direct line management, or supervision and mentorship/preceptorship
  • Ability to apply and expertly teach evidence based clinical procedures/practice to a range of students in under & postgraduate training.
  • Evidence of theoretical and practical application of adult learning theories.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to organise information, plan and provide teaching and training resources in order to meet known and anticipated needs.
  • Full UK / EU driving license

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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