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Bank ACCTS Retrieval and Transfer Physician- North Wales

Swansea Bay University Health Board
£40,603 an hour Bank Salary as per job plan
Closing date
6 Jul 2022
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Exciting new opportunity to be part of the development and establishment of a Welsh National Critical Care Transfer service, aiming to deliver uninterrupted provision of high-quality critical care during inter-hospital transfer.

ACCTS Cymru, in partnership with the Welsh Critical Care Network and EMRTS Cymru, is seeking experienced, motivated and enthusiastic senior retrieval and transfer medicine specialists to support the development and launch of this bespoke service for Wales.

EMRTS will continue to undertake most time critical transfers. The Adult Critical Care Transfer Service (ACCTS) will primarily be tasked to the remaining group of patients under the care of the Critical Care Network who require inter-facility transfer, however, will support EMRTS clinical operating model as required.

Main duties of the job

ACCTS is a predominately road-based service deploying with dedicated critical care transfer vehicles and equipment. The Retrieval and Transfer physician will deploy in a team alongside a support worker and a retrieval and transfer practitioner drawn from a pool of nurses and allied health professionals with extensive intensive care experience and specific training in inter-facility critical care transfer. ACCTS in partnership with WAA/EMRTS will operate a rotary wing model of retrieval and transfer to support long distance transfers.

We are now recruiting Physicians to join our new team based in Bangor. The service predominately operates during day time hours 7 days a week, with an on call element overnight for time critical transfer.

To qualify for this exciting role you must be a doctor with ST4+ equivalent training in Intensive Care Medicine / Anaesthesia who is fully registered with the GMC and who has significant demonstrable experience in the transfer care setting, aligned to the personal specification. It is essential that you are ambitious, highly motivated and able to remain calm under pressure.

Upon completion of appropriate training and a period of targeted clinical experience, it would be expected that you would support the main duty rota. The ability to work both day and night shifts is an essential part of the role.

About us

If you want to join a progressive and caring healthcare organisation, responding to the needs of the Welsh community then we would like to hear from you.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

For further details contact:

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification within this advert for more details

Person Specification

  • Full GMC registration with license to practice and up to date appraisal / revalidation
  • ST3 or equivalent experience
  • Holds FRCA or FFICM
  • Successful completion of relevant life support / resuscitation / trauma courses previously
  • A British driving license
  • Willingness to undertake the Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine if not already held


  • Completed intermediate level training / Stage 2 training in Anaesthesia/ICM OR ST5 equivalent experience
  • Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine
  • Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care
  • Higher Degree (MD/MSc)
  • Post graduate qualification in medical education

Knowledge and Skills

  • Competence in management of acute illness and injury in adults
  • Competent in the assessment, resuscitation and stabilisation of critically unwell patients including emergency anaesthesia, ventilation and invasive monitoring
  • Good understanding of the principles of clinical governance


  • Previous attendance on an EMRTS/ACCTS clinical attendant scheme, and/or prior engagement with the EMRTS service. (Such as attendance at EMRTS governance days, training events etc.)

Experience (Should be within 5 years)

  • Demonstrable interest in and understanding of retrieval and transfer medicine
  • Extensive experience of inter- and intra-hospital critical care transfers
  • Willingness to undergo further training in critical care transfer
  • Experience in post-graduate / multidisciplinary education


  • Experience of critical care retrieval and transfer medicine in dedicated service
  • Prior experience with evidence of working within an established pre-hospital aeromedical or road-based service
  • Prior experience with evidence of working within an established secondary retrieval service
  • Prior experience working in within a trauma centre (experience of major trauma, major haemorrhage, massive transfusion)
  • Experience in FAST scanning and / or bedside echocardiography
  • Evidence of relevant teaching/instructing in critical care or transfer
  • Experience using simulation for education
  • Experience as a clinical tutor or lecturer at post graduate level

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team in both the hospital and transport environments
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in both the hospital and transport environments
  • Ability to maintain CPD to a high standard
  • Able to travel to more than one ACCTS base for training, supervision and currency shifts if required


  • Ability to speak Welsh

BMJRef: BMJ-81868/130-39072369-230622-E


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