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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Vascular Access Unit

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Cambridge University Hospitals Vascular access Unit as a clinical Nurse Specialist. We are seeking a skilled and knowledgeable Vascular Access Nurse to join our specialised team. The successful candidate will need to be already competent and experienced in inserting PICC lines and will have a proven background in providing leadership with assessment, development and implementation of specialised nursing duties within the speciality.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will act as an expert practitioner, responsible for assessing, developing and implementing the specialist nursing care provided by the team.

They will frequently lead the shift, triaging referrals and leading and managing the team.

They will act as an autonomous practitioner, able to independently insert PICC lines, whilst working towards more complex line insertions.

Responsible for providing specialist advice and support to, and liaising with other staff. This includes the provision of specialist education and training.

Responsible for providing specialist advice and support to, and liaising with other staff. This includes the provision of specialist education and training.

Required to undertake research and lead clinical audits in own specialist area.

They will act as Deputy for the Lead CNS, supporting them in operationalising the strategic direction of the service.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 13,000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 27th of June 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on the 12th of July 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse educated to Degree level.
  • Has completed an Advanced clinical assessment competency package.
  • Has completed training in PICC line insertion
  • Communication skills training.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development (above mandatory training).


  • Research module.
  • Master's Degree.
  • Teaching Qualification.
  • Has undertaken a leadership module.



  • Significant experience in the Speciality of Vascular Access.
  • Inserting a variety of venous access devices, PICC lines as a minimum.
  • Formal teaching of patients and staff.
  • Take Charge.
  • Experience of initiating change.
  • Has worked in a nurse-led service.
  • Be an independent practitioner.


  • Inserting Hickman Lines and Portacaths.
  • Managing and leading a team.
  • Budgetary management.
  • Consenting patients for treating.



  • As a minimum is able to articulate basic anatomy and physiology in relation to the insertion of tunnelled lines.
  • Complications associated with the insertion and ongoing care of, venous access devices.
  • Best practice in relation to the care of patients with venous access devices.
  • Of a range of tools that support service and practice development.
  • Understanding of clinical governance in relation to the insertion and care of venous access devices.
  • Understanding of vascular access patient pathways and how to support patients through this.
  • Sound knowledge of team dynamics and how one influences this.


  • Advanced anatomy and physiology in relation to a range of venous access devices.
  • Influencing key stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of broader issues related to speciality - political and trust.



  • Able to undertake complex cannulation and insert a range of venous access devices, as a minimum PICC lines.
  • Advanced communication skills including preparing patients for, and taking informed consent.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing situations due to workload and colleagues needs.
  • Sound leadership skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and to supervise others even when they are working remotely.
  • Ability to lead service developments.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to multidisciplinary working.
  • Demonstrates analytical and judgmental skills.
  • Ability to quickly appraise situations and act accordingly.


  • Shows wider political astuteness.
  • Can assist in Hickman line and Portacath insertion.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • To act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Capable of developing liaisons with other practice areas/academic institutions .
  • Able to work a variety of shifts, including weekends and bank holidays.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Cambridge University Hospital - Division B

Hills Road



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