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ACCESS Retrieval Practitioner

Barts Health NHS Trust
Depending on experience Per annum
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 6-month secondment for the position of Retrieval Practitioner within the Adult Critical Care Emergency Support Service (ACCESS).

ACCESS is an adult critical care transfer service focused on safe, consistent, compassionate, and expert-led transfer of critically ill patients across the capital. We work with London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS), the London integrated commissioning boards and associated critical care networks to provide a transfer service for critically ill patients throughout London 24 hours a day.

Transfer teams are currently operational within the four geographical sectors of London, operating under the oversight of Bart's Health, as the host trust. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in any of the four geographical sectors, based on their individual requirements, objectives, and preferences. The ACCESS Team include one transfer doctor, one transfer practitioner, and two LAS crew, all led by two Duty Consultants who provide close support and expertise each day.

As the ACCESS retrieval practitioner you will be responsible for championing the safe and efficient transfer of critically unwell patients across the capital. You will play a pivotal role in collaborating with the wider team to optimise standard critical care transfer practice, enhance educational development, streamline transfer operations and implement effective governance within a unified service.

Main duties of the job

Joining the largest of its kind in England, you will be part of Pan-London Specialist Teams dedicated to providing highly specialised cardiac, trauma, neurosurgical, and burns care. Furthermore, you will actively contribute to the seamless repatriation of patients back to their respective local intensive care units across the country. This important responsibility requires a coordinated and professional approach to ensure the safe and efficient transfer of patients to their designated hospital.

For additional information or to arrange an informal visit, please reach out to the following contacts:
  • Lucy Jenkins, Lead Nurse
  • Alexander French, Clinical Operations Manager
  • Aurlien Giouse, Clinical Operations Manager

To work as part of the ACCESS team to deliver a high standard of specialist care to critically unwell patients whilst transitioning them across intensive care units/specialist intervention in the London region, and nationally.To maintain a high standard of Critical Care clinical skills.To provide clinical leadership ensuring a high standard of individualised and family centred care is delivered to critically ill adults during transferTo work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, communicating effectively with all levels of medical, nursing and AHP staff.Ensure professional behaviour at all times and act as an expert role model in all aspects of work.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers. The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients. Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together. We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:Demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to safely transfer patients from the Critical Care environment to the agreed destinationAdhere to all ACCESS policies and guidelines and be able to utilise them to meet care needs.Adhere to National GuidanceEnsure swift response times aiming to meet the mobilisation standard.Ensure completion of local and national data collection.Checking of transport equipment to ensure everything is working and prompt mobilisation time is maintained.Monitor resources ensuring consumables are adequately stockedContribute to the servicing and troubleshooting of all equipment, to maintain a safe working order.Contribute to safe transport service delivery through feedback and surveillanceof FLAGs, Datixs and incidentsMaintain patients privacy and dignity at all timesTo ensure dissemination of complex information through clear and effective channels of communication, between all members of the multidisciplinary team.Be able to recognise own limitations and seek appropriate help.To understand and practice effective team workingDemonstrate proficiency in the use of all equipment used in the care andmanagement of transferring critically unwell patients, be able to explain their useDemonstrate proficient specialist skills and knowledge in clinical practiceDevelop skills in accordance with the expanded role of Rotational Critical Care Transfer Practitioner

EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIESAct as a mentor working with observers and MDT staff in a way that is supportive and facilitates reflective learning towards effective practice.Contribute to the teaching programmes associated with ACCESSContribute to development of the transfer service, through guidelines and audit.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIESMaintain own professional development to ensure that all practice is based on current knowledge and relevant research.Uphold the NMC/HCPC code of practice and be aware of the implications of the scope of practice.Promote clinical supervision and reflective practice for self and members of the ACCESS team.Be an ambassador for ACCESS when working in referring hospitals, meeting professionals in other organisations and when interacting with members of the public.Promote effective inter-professional teamwork to optimise patient care, staff development and support.To support duty of candour where appropriate, in conjunction with the relevant clinical manager

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Practicing Registered Nurse/OPD/Band 6 Paramedic
  • Post-registration qualification in Critical Care/Emergency care for NMC registered Staff
  • Evidence of on-going professional development


  • Masters level study
  • ALS Provider
  • Teaching/mentorship qualification

Skills/ Abilities


  • Extensive and recent clinical experience in Critical Care, ED and Pre-hospital
  • Good oral and written skills.
  • Ability to supervise and support junior colleagues.
  • Ability to problem-solve and initiate change in patient management.
  • Able to recognise own limitations and seek help.
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to assert self professionally in a non-confrontational manner
  • Able to work as part of team.
  • Ability to cope with and deal with stress in self and recognise this in others.
  • Confident to challenge non evidence-based practice
  • Aware of recent research and national recommendations relating to Critical care practice
  • Able to give sensitive feedback to staff
  • Able to sensitively talk to patients and their families/carers about their experiences of the service
  • Computer literate - able to use PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook confidently and competently



  • Substantive ITU/ED/OPD/Pre hospital experience post qualification in specialism
  • Demonstrates understanding of the complex needs of critically unwell patients.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing time effectively
  • Work on own initiative and as part of a team


  • Experience as a mentor



  • Knowledge and understanding of confidentiality issues.
  • Trust vision, values, strategic objectives and key work programmes
  • Strong understanding of a responsiveness to the complexities and dynamics of the healthcare environment


  • Understanding of quality issues and cost effective care

Other Requirements


  • Other RequirementsUnderstanding of the Trust values
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexible and co-operative
  • Commitment to work under Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • Commitment to further professional development.
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the service needs.
  • Ability to be punctual and efficiently manage time
  • Due to the nature of this role (frequent manual handling/physical exertion) a certain level of fitness is required

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


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E1 1FR

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