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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/06/2020.

Lead Nurse - Therapeutic Apheresis Services (TAS)

Job Reference: 918-NM5472

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Therapeutic Apheresis Services - South West
£38,890 to £44,503 pa

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) provide vital services to the NHS, improving patient outcomes and saving lives. We have a fantastic opportunity for you to become part of our essential work by joining our Therapeutic Apheresis Services team.


Therapeutic Apheresis Services(TAS) provide life-saving and life-enhancing therapeutic apheresis services to adults and children. TASservices are delivered across Englandand North Wales from eight therapeutic apheresis units which operate an outpatient model for non-acute patients, with acute patients and children treated by the bedside within the host Trust or at an affiliated hospital.


We pride ourselves on our expertise and the exceptional high standards of care we deliver. Our objective is to collaborate with NHS Trusts, to help improve apheresis services nationally and meet un-met demand, by providing high quality and cost-effective apheresis services. The base location for this role will be the TAS Unit located at Haematology & Oncology Centre, Bristol.

Our teams deliver a range of therapeutic apheresis and cell collection procedures for both adults and children across a range of clinical specialties; performing stem cell harvests, white cell depletions, red cell exchanges and providing plasma exchanges for neurology and haematology patients. We are a leading provider of extracorporeal Photopheresis services, we collaborate with NHS Trusts for CAR-T collections & NHSBT works with all three UK Stem Cell Registries.

As a Lead Nurse within our national team you will build and manage a small team of nurses, providing therapeutic apheresis service within the host Trust and at affiliated hospitals. The successful candidate will demonstrate they have excellent interpersonal skills, drive and enthusiasm and be dedicated to ensuring that the high-quality care is delivered to all patients and donors. You will be an experienced, registered adult nurse with current general NMC registration (RNA or RN1).

Prior knowledge and experience of therapeutic apheresis and cell collection is desirable but not necessary, as in-house full training will be given. Success in this role will require excellent organisational and management skills and you will need to demonstrate strong leadership ability. The successful candidate will be required to have excellent communications skills and be able to develop and build relationships, within the team and with our NHS partners. You will have a keen interest in developing staff, innovation and improving services to ensure our patient/donor experience is consistently of a high standard.

As well as your nursing registration, you will have a relevant degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate clinical area, such as Haematology, Neurology, Acute Medicine/Surgery, ICU/CCU or Haemodialysis/Apheresis. In addition, you should have experience of mentoring, teaching, clinical/ward management and line management.

Your Unit will provide a routine Monday to Friday apheresis service, in addition, an on-call rota will provide 24/7 emergency cover. You will be supported by a Local Medical Consultant, a Senior Management Team and other units across England who work closely to support each other.

This is a unique opportunity to manage a service and lead a team of nurses within a specialised clinical area. In return, NHS Blood and Transplant is a great national organisation to work for and we offer a rewarding career with great benefits, plus every opportunity for development through a comprehensive in-house training package and support for academic study.


NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued. Personal development is also considered a priority and is supported through extensive training and development opportunities open to all employees.

We’re an inclusive organisation that reflects the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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