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Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Paediatric Vascular Access

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year Will need to complete training to advance to band 8a
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join us as a Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner (tACP) in Paediatric Vascular Access at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH).

The post holder will work within the vascular access service (known as the MAGiC service) at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital across several clinical areas, including theatres, radiology, outpatient clinics and all ward areas. The post holder will undertake a 3-year master's degree in advanced clinical Practice (Paediatric) hosted by the University of Manchester. Clinically the post holder will work towards completion of competencies aligned with the evidence-based consensus recommendations for training by the World Congress of Vascular Access (WoCoVA). During training the post holder will be allocated both a mentor from the medical and ACP team to ensure successful achievement of the skills, knowledge, attitude and behaviours necessary to fulfil the requirements of the post. Research activity is integral to the role and the successful practitioner will also be expected to undertake educational activities that support the department and hospital.

The post holder will be an innovative and dynamic practitioner committed to improving the child/young person experience, improving standards of care and services in line with the MFT strategy, values, and behaviours.

Main duties of the job

During the 3 year training period the individual will work clinically to develop their independent skills and knowledge of vascular access assessment, device insertion and maintenance in children and young people requiring short, medium and long-term central venous access, under the supervision of a mentor. This will include undertaking non-medical prescribing and completion of clinical skills. Additionally, active collaboration with the wider multidisciplinary team is required to ensure the delivery of responsive individualised patient care. Strong communication with the child and parent is paramount.

This is all completed alongside the ACP master's degree that will provide the theoretical knowledge or resources that allows evidence-based practice to become integral to your professional practice. Research, education, and leadership contribute are key pillars of the job and are defined by the individuals' interests, activities supporting the departmental goals and the delivery of safe and effective service.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity MattersMFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Relevant professional qualification
  • Evidence of study at minimum of level 7 with grade 2:1 or above
  • Registration with appropriate professional regulator
  • Evidence of formal paediatric vascular access teaching (such as a recognised course)


  • Evidence of Non-medical prescribing qualification

Experience and knowledge


  • Significant experience working within a paediatric vascular access team
  • Portfolio of competency for core clinical skills in paediatric vascular access: venous ultrasound, USG cannulation, PICC and Midline insertion
  • Significant evidence of delivering teaching programmes to staff groups


  • Evidence of presentations at local, national and international level

Aptitude and Leadership


  • Evidence of excellent clinical record
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Evidence of engagement with new vascular access technologies to improve patient care
  • Evidence of having performed a QI project which resulted in better patient care and resource utilisation in current post
  • Evidence of having led on a patient safety initiative
  • Evidence of setting up new services for children with specific vascular access needs
  • Implementation of audit / research recommendations
  • Evidence of authorship of hospital guidelines related to vascular access


  • Further evidence of continued quality improvement in current role
  • Undertaken a leadership programme



  • Competent in use of IT packages such as Microsoft Word and Power Point
  • Evidence of competency of clinical and radiology information systems eg Epic, PACS/Sectra
  • Competent to utilise medical databases and search engines to access current evidence / literature


  • Competent in databases and spreadsheets

Audit & Research


  • Demonstrates ability and knowledge on how to undertake audit and feedback to clinicians
  • Evidence of audit undertaken and outcomes
  • Evidence of implementation of research-based practice
  • Evidence of participation in research projects


  • Published in peer reviewed journal
  • Attended relevant scientific meetings
  • Used own research project to improve patient care in current hospital

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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