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Perfusionist / Senior Clinical Perfusionist Scientist

Band 7/8b

Main area
317 Heart/Lung (Perfusion) - FH
Grade
Band 7/8b
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (emergency on call)
Job ref
317-2022-24-06-DR
Site
Freeman Hospital
Town
317 01 Freeman Hospital
Salary
£40,057 - £63,862 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
07/07/2022 23:59
Interview date
20/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

At our internationally renowned specialist unit, you will encounter possibly the most comprehensive aspect of Perfusion available in the UK, including ECMO and transplantation, which is provided for patients of all ages. You will be accredited by The Society of Perfusionists of Great Britain and Ireland and registered with the College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland. All necessary training will be given to a motivated individual to achieve competencies in all our Perfusion Services, in approx. 24 months to acquire automatic progression to a senior level Band 8b. 

Those who already possess the relevant skills in paediatric perfusion including Transplantation, ECMO and VAD will be considered for the Band 8b at the start of employment. 

  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • Interview Date 20/07/2022
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Main duties of the job

To be a successful candidate you will be fully conversant with adult and/or paediatric perfusion techniques in cardiopulmonary bypass.  You must possess excellent communication skills and work well as an integral team member in the perfusion department and in the multidisciplinary theatre team.  You will be required to participate in the department’s 24-hour emergency on-call rota as the secondary Perfusionist initially. You must have an ability to adapt to changing circumstances and have a commitment to professional development.

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Band 7

  • As an autonomous practitioner a Clinical Perfusionist should offer a
    comprehensive specialist clinical and technical service during both routine and emergency procedures as a vital member of the multidisciplinary team during cardiac surgery. Train to become competent in all aspects of neonatal and paediatric perfusion. Participate in the emergency on-call rota. The clinical
    perfusionist will also participate in the education of trainee perfusionists and contribute to departmental research.
  • Safely perform a range of highly specialised perfusion techniques on adult patients during routine and emergency cardiopulmonary bypass.
  • Construct, prime and operate the cardiopulmonary bypass machine to maintain “life support” for the period of cardiopulmonary bypass according to local and occupational clinical policies and protocols.
  • Assess the patient’s relevant medical history, pathology and diagnosis and make appropriate decisions concerning conduct of the procedure.
  • Administer drugs including colloid/ crystalloid fluids, vasoactive drugs, cardioplegia solutions, potassium, anticoagulants, haemostatic drugs, sodium bicarbonate and osmotic diuretics as clinically indicated.
  • Prepare and deliver cardioplegic solutions to arrest the heart and give a still bloodless field in which the surgeon can perform heart surgery. Deliver multiple doses of antegrade and/or retrograde cardioplegic solutions to optimise myocardial preservation during open heart surgery.
  • Maintain patient’s blood pressure at adequate level whilst on cardiopulmonary bypass, by mechanical and pharmalogical means.
  • Maintain adequate levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in patients’ bloodstream using an artificial lung (Membrane Oxygenator)
  • Manipulate on a second-to-second basis the patient’s cardiovascular system whilst on cardiopulmonary bypass.
  • Monitor a wide range of highly complex and routinely conflicting clinical information on a minute to minute basis such as blood oximetry, cardiac output, systemic vascular resistance, ventilation and anticoagulation whilst observing renal status and blood glucose levels and take appropriate autonomous action.
  • Undertake, analyse and interpret arterial/venous blood gases and coagulation status.
  • Take where appropriate, delegated responsibility for the delivery of a highly specialist perfusion service, ensuring the service is effective and well-coordinated.
  • Advise clinicians on the suitability of equipment and persuade clinicians on appropriate course of action.
  • Determine the requirements for and perform where clinically indicated, haemofiltration and blood transfusion during cardiopulmonary bypass.
  • Set up and manage, where appropriate; antegrade/retrograde cerebral perfusion, deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and mechanical support devices.
  • Assist senior clinical perfusionist in construction and management of
    extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (long term cardiopulmonary bypass)
  • Undertake retrieval and preservation of donor organs (heart and/or lungs) from hospitals in our retrieval sector
  • Ensure quality control, calibration and maintenance of complex medical equipment in Clinical Perfusion and their safe use incompliance with Near-Patient testing Policies.
  • Assisting when necessary with education of trainee clinical perfusionists.
  • Training of nursing and medical personnel in use of blood gas analysers
  • Participating in Clinical Perfusion 24hr emergency on-call rota as second on-call

Band 8b

  • Perform cardiopulmonary bypass procedures on neonatal, paediatric and adult patients using specialised and highly skilled perfusion techniques. Perform ECMO on neonatal, paediatric and adult patients.
  • Participate in the education and training of student, trainee and registered Perfusionists and contribute to departmental research.
  • Act as a lead person with a designated area of responsibility within the perfusion service.
  • Participate in the emergency on-call rota as the primary Perfusionist
  • Lead Areas - Each Senior Perfusionist will have several designated areas of responsibility. Each senior will develop an experience covering their lead area whilst deputising for colleagues lead roles in their absence to provide a seamless service.
  • Areas of responsibility include: -
     Medical Devices
     Equipment/Maintenance/Servicing
     Stock Control
     Paediatric Perfusion
     Thromboelastograph
     Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)
     Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
     Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)
     Protocols and Perfusion Documentation
     Information Technology
     Heater Coolers
     Infection Control
     Point of Care Testing
     Risk Assessment & Health and Safety

Person specification

Meets All Band 7 Criteria

Essential criteria
  • To have attained Accreditation of the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • To be a registered member of the College of Clinical Perfusion scientists and achieve the re-accreditation criteria at the predetermined time intervals
  • Requires highly specialised knowledge acquired through a unique mixture of theoretical and practical work, which is over a significant training period
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and work well as an integral team member in the perfusion department and also in the multidisciplinary theatre team.
  • Able to work independently and participate in departments 24 hour emergency on-call rota as the secondary Perfusionist.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and a commitment to professional development.

Meets All Band 8b Criteria

Essential criteria
  • Educated to Master’s Level in Perfusion Science or an equivalent/qualification equivalent experience.
  • Registered member of the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland and achieve the re-accreditation criteria at the predetermined time intervals with the College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge acquired through a unique mixture of theoretical and practical work, which is over a significant training period.
  • To have post accreditation experience as a clinical perfusionist.
  • Be fully conversant in all aspects of adult, paediatric and neonatal perfusion and ECMO.
  • Ability to teach and train student, trainee and registered Perfusionists in all perfusion techniques
  • Possess excellent communication and team-working skills
  • Able to work independently and participate in department 24-hour emergency on-call rotas as the primary perfusionist.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and a commitment to professional development
Desirable criteria
  • To possess teaching qualification or be studying towards obtaining recognised certificate
  • Be self-motivated and take an interest in research and development programmes
  • Be fully conversant with IABP managemen

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Mr Jason Robson
Job title
Principal Perfusionist
Email address
jason.robson@nhs.net
Telephone number
0191 2339936
Additional information

Mr Paul Henderson 

Senior Perfusionist

0191 2448380