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Vascular Access Practitioner

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to lead the vascular access service at ESNEFT on the Ipswich site which currently operates Monday to Friday between the hours of 08:00-18:00.

You will be responsible for leading the service and a small team who are all passionate about providing a high standard of care.

The role will involve a combination of managerial and clinical time. Clinical time will be used to triage referrals for vascular access devices and ensure safe placement of the device.

If you want to lead a service, manage a small team, maintain your clinical expertise and make a big difference to patients this could be the job for you.

Applicants for part time hours/job share will be considered.

Main duties of the job

In collaboration with the consultant clinical lead for the vascular access service, the post holder will deliver an effective, responsive, high quality vascular access service across the site.

To act as a clinical expert in relation to vascular access , providing clinical leadership to nursing staff and expert professional advice to other professionals, multi-disciplinary groups, patients, relatives and carers

The post holder will promote evidence- based practice in vascular access through the integration of expert clinical practice, education and the development and implementation of guidelines and policies.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you. Find out about living and working here -

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Current Qualified Registered Nurse or Operating Department Practitioner with a minimum of 5 years post registration experience in a patient facing and educational role.
  • Evidence of training and competency in insertion of vascular access devices.


  • Qualification in management and/or leadership
  • Qualification in Teaching and Assessing
  • Degree / master's or willing to work towards Masters level degree



  • Minimum of 3 years' experience at a senior level placing PICC's Midlines and other vascular access devices
  • Evidence of providing high level education and practice facilitation to other clinicians in placing PICC's
  • Excellent and in-depth knowledge of vascular access devices, patient selection, managing risk and complications and vascular access options.
  • Experience in development and production of policy and practice documents, audit, governance, and clinical supervision


  • Experience in delivery of any of the aspects in the 'essential' criteria to the wider vascular access community either regionally or within the UK.



  • Knowledge of all types of vascular access devices including policy and practice, risk, and device selection
  • Knowledge of evolving practice in vascular access
  • Be a skilled PICC placer with an extensive portfolio of different types of vascular access devices


  • Experience of placing Tunnelled line catheters
  • Evidence of implementing change and service development and innovation



  • Approachable and caring, demonstrating ESNEFT Trust values.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and autonomously.
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others.
  • Good Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to work in a busy and varied work environment and respond to change.

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital



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