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ECMO Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum or pa pro rata (dependant on experience)
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Bristol Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Service is delivered to patients across the south west region 24/7, all year round as part of NHSE commissioned ECMO provision across the country.

ECMO Nurse Specialist will perform the following roles: Coordinator, Retrieval and unit based ENS, in order to provide and ensure delivery of expert nursing care both on and offsite. The ENS role requires a high level of judgement, discretion and decision making in conjunction with the ECMO multidisciplinary team. The ENS will provide education and training to patients, carers and healthcare professionals.

Permanent positions as a Band 6 in ECMO Nurse Specialist

Proposed interview date: 30/07/2024

Main duties of the job

The ENS is accountable for twenty-four-hour care delivery and management of patients receiving ECMO in the Bristol wide Adult ECMO service, this involves working Long Day and Night shifts over 7 days of the week.

The ECMO Nurse Specialist will need to develop close working relationships with ECMO Clinical Lead, ECMO Medical Team, ECMO Lead Perfusionist and team, ECMO Lead Pharmacist, ECMO Lead Physiotherapists, clinical teams across the critical care units and key external partners.

Whilst the Bristol Adult ECMO beds are located on a single site (UHBW GICU - A600), this is a collaborative service delivered by ENS from UHBW and North Bristol Trust (NBT). ECMO Nurse Specialist (ENS) rostered in ECMO will work within the GICU numbers at the ECMO base ICU = GICU (A600) UHBW when there is the expected seasonal decrease in ECMO activity. ECMO competence will be maintained by undertaking regular ECMO training sessions in line with ELSO standards.

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

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience as preceptor / mentor
  • Proven commitment and experience, evidence in teaching
  • Recent experience of intra-hospital transfer
  • Post registration qualifications relevant to intensive care
  • Recent clinical experience in the speciality of intensive care
  • ECMO experience


  • Evidence of presentations at local and/or regional level
  • Evidence of commitment to research based practice or evidence of project work undertaken
  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects

Skills and Abilties


  • Awareness of current national changes in nursing / NHS
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high quality nursing care
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others
  • Innovative and participates with practice and policy change
  • Act as a role model and as a mentor/assessor
  • IT skills including use of email and Microsoft office packages
  • Knowledge of national and local specialty specific issues
  • Ability to cope with emotional issues presented in the course of work, and to support others
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Teaching
  • Organisation and management skills


  • Previous experience of research, audit and benchmarking
  • Further evidence of continued leadership / management development
  • Has experiencing in using electronic clinical information systems



  • Supportive
  • Respectful
  • Innovative
  • Collaborative

Public Sector Language Competency


  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard

Education and Qualification


  • Practice Assessor (Comply with NMC standards for education and training)
  • Post registration qualification in critical care (completion of NCF Intensive care Step 2& 3)
  • Current NMC Registration
  • RGN.1st Level or relevant children's qualification


  • Willingness to work towards Masters level academic study
  • Critical care transfer course
  • Current ALS/ILS or willingness to undertake
  • ECMO specialist training course

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary - ECMO A600

Upper Maudlin Street



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