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Vascular Access Specialist Nurse

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
Bristol and Weston
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced nurse with excellent cannulation and phlebotomy skills to join the IV access team. Once trained the role will involve working across sites between Bristol and Weston inserting midlines and Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs) using ultrasound in patients requiring long-term intravenous access.

The role requires autonomous practice, assessing suitability of referrals, inserting lines, following up the patients, audit of the service and teaching nurses on the wards/within the team.

The work will be mobile, occurring at patient's bedsides and in procedure rooms. .You will work across both sites, sharing in the rotation between both Bristol and Weston ensuring that the same high standard of care is maintained within all wards.

Main duties of the job

The role will include accessing patients for the most appropriate vascular access device and placing cannulas, midlines and peripheral inserted central catheters as appropriate.

Training and support will be given but it would be an advantage to have previous experience using ultrasound for cannulation and experience dealing with central venous access devices including PICCs.

As well as working clinically you will also be involved in the trust teaching programme and support nurses in both inpatients and outpatients areas in teaching the care of PICC's and midlines.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • RGN.1st Level Registered Nurse/Practitioner
  • Current registration
  • 1st degree in nursing or health related subject or willingness to undertake


  • Competent in Ultrasound use
  • Competent in placing vascular access devices



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to cope with emotional issues presented in the course of work, and to support others
  • Sympathetic attitude
  • Patience and understanding when dealing with nervous/anxious patients

Knowledge and Experience


  • Extensive post registration experience in nursing, speciality
  • Appropriate proven leadership and management experience
  • Proven commitment and experience, evidence in teaching both formal and informal


  • Experience as a preceptor/mentor

Skills and Abilities


  • Experience using ultrasound for venous access and cannulation
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high quality nursing care
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others


  • Teaching both formal and informal
  • IT skills including use of email and Microsoft office packages
  • Knowledge of national and local speciality specific issues
  • Innovative and participates with practice and policy change

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre

Horfield Road

Bristol and Weston


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