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NHS AfC: Band 5
37.5 hours per week (full time / part time)
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Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
The Great Western Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pro rata pa
Salary period
24/06/2021 08:00

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COVID-19 Vacancy Intensive Care Staff Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 5

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) is forward-looking, friendly and focused on providing a wide range of excellent healthcare services to patients in Swindon and the surrounding area. We provide services in the acute hospital, in the community and in primary care; caring for over 1.2 million contacts every year. We have recently taken over the provision of two GP practices and are excited for the future as we work towards a completely integrated healthcare system in Swindon.

We value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture. We have a workforce of 5,200 and are committed to helping our colleagues achieve a work/life balance and proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment with an on-site nursery available and flexible working policies. You'll be joining a great team in a great place, where your commitment will be genuinely valued, your skills respected, and your ambition rewarded. 

Whether you already live here, or are thinking of relocating, you'll find Swindon is a great place to live and work, offering a rich quality of life for young people, families and those heading towards retirement. Affordable high-quality housing, the countryside, modern shopping hubs, great schools and accessible transport links – we are less than a mile from Junction 15 of the M4, and there's a great bus service from the town centre to the hospital.

Job overview

Staff Nurse – Band 5
Intensive Care Unit The Great Western Hospital
Hours: Full / Part Time
Come and join our progressive, innovative critical care team and benefit from working in a modern intensive care unit.
We are a busy 16 bedded ICU/HDU dealing with a wide variety of patients. As a team we are committed to delivering first class care to our patients and on-going professional development of our staff.
We are currently seeking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated staff to join our proactive team. To apply you will need post registration experience in an acute care setting. Previous ICU experience is desirable but not essential as full training in managing critically ill and high dependency patients will be given.

Main duties of the job

To practice as a safe and competent nurse and provide a high standard of care to patients within the Intensive Care Unit & High Dependency Unit. Work as part of the multi-disciplinary team to provide a safe environment and contribute to the continuing development of clinical practice. Develop own clinical expertise, leadership and teaching skills through nursing practice


Working for our organisation

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and 
the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.
Service We will put our patients first
Teamwork We will work together
Ambition We will aspire to provide the best service
Respect We will act with integrity

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main Responsibilities and Duties
1. Management of the critically ill patient
2. Actively participate as part of the team in providing a safe unit environment.
3. Develop an extensive knowledge of critical care nursing
4. Maintain own clinical and professional development in Nursing and participate in performance review annually.
5. Actively participate as part of the team in developing and providing evidence based best practice.
6. To work within the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and Trust Policies.
7. Maintain effective communication and professional relationships, at all times, with patients and their relatives, colleagues and other members of the public.
8. Actively listen to concerns or complaints raised by patients/ relatives /carers and report to the nurse in charge or matron.
9. Maintain confidentiality of patients and their relatives at all times.

10. Maintain accurate documentation in accordance with NMC and Trust policy, protocols and guidelines.

11. Attend and participate in unit staff meetings – contribute ideas to the development of practice within the unit
12. Develop an understanding of the contribution you can make to financial efficiency within the unit.
13. Assist in the collection of data required for local and national audit purposes.
14. Participate in research opportunities and maintain professional development
15. Actively promote cleanliness and tidiness within the ICU/HDU
16. Participate in implementation and monitoring of care bundles.
17. Participate in the management and prevention of hospital acquired infection in accordance with Trust Infection Control Policy within the clinical area and actively participate in the infection control audits
18. Participate in the auditing of standards and implementation of changes where indicated.
19. Actively participate in unit team activities to enhance patient and visitor care
20. Ensure that all Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s policies and guidelines are adhered and agreed nursing standards for the ward are monitored and maintained
21. Always maintain patients’ dignity and privacy
22. Actively participate in the development of multi-disciplinary team working

Patient Client Care
1. To provide a high standard of patient care by ensuring the assessment of patient needs, planning, implementing and evaluating care on an individual basis.
2. Ensure that fundamental needs for individual patients are met and that care is evaluated using the DOH Essence of Care tool. Participate in the monitoring and development of Essence of Care within the Intensive Care Unit.
3. Monitor the changing needs of patients, intervene and bring them to the notice of the Nurse in Charge as appropriate.
4. Manage patients on Haemofiltration under supervision as required.
5. Transfer the critically ill, ventilated patient to other departments and other hospitals
6. Manage multiple drug infusions e.g. inotropes, sedation, muscle relaxants, titrating according to set parameters under supervision as required.
7. Manage patients on advanced haemodynamic monitoring (e.g. Cardiac output monitoring) under supervision as required.
8. Participate with medical staff, physiotherapists and other disciplines in the total care of patients.

Financial Responsibilities
All staff will support their managers to make efficient and effective use of resources. All staff are responsible for identifying any actual or potential deviation from budgets and are to work with the budget holder or manager to find effective ways of handling it.
All staff must ensure they use resources in a manner consistent with organisational objectives and policies, ensuring that resources are realistic, justified and of clear benefit to the organisation.

Budget Responsibilities
Not applicable – this is not a budget-holder post
Responsibilities for People or Training
• Maintain registration with the NMC: have a working knowledge of and comply with all NMC professional codes
• Actively seek information updates (e.g. read all written information distributed to the unit, check intranet site regularly, read unit meeting minutes) and share with colleagues
• Participate in unit induction and training programme for band 5 nurses. Complete skills training and assessment prior to undertaking additional roles.
• Achieve and maintain clinical competencies required for role
• Participate with induction and training of newly appointed staff. Act as a buddy and/or mentor for newly appointed staff.
• Participate in performance review and agree objectives for continuing development of self and service. Maintain an up to date portfolio.
• Complete in-service training and yearly mandatory updates.
Participate in mentoring, assessment and providing a suitable learning environment for pre-registration nursing students
Other Factors
• With guidance as appropriate provide information and support to patients’ relatives and/or carers in times of extreme distress through effective communication, e.g. during bereavement, brainstem testing and the process of organ donation.
In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed above, the post-holder may be required to perform other duties assigned by the supervisor/manager from time to time.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • First Level registration.
  • Basic Life Support.
  • IV Medicine Administration
  • Evidence of portfolio development
Desirable criteria
  • Nursing Diploma / Degree.
  • ALS.
  • Mentors & Assessors course.
  • Paediatric BLS
  • ALERT/REACT course
  • Preceptorship programme


Desirable criteria
  • Nursing Diploma / Degree.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Emma Shaw
Job title
Intensive Care Ward Manager
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01793 607054
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