Band 5 Staff Nurse AICU - Royal Brompton Hospital

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year inc HCA
Closing date
25 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This advert is open to all applicants with an active NMC PIN. If you think this post is appropriate for you, but do not have an active NMC Pin (e.g. applying from overseas), please do contact the Nursing recruitment team on

Would you like to join our dynamic and inclusive nursing team?

Work with us and develop specialist skills in the management of advanced Critical Care therapies for critically ill adults.

Our Critical Care comprises of three unique and exciting areas, the Adult Intensive Care Unit, Elizabeth High Dependency and The Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit.

Candidates will ideally have prior experience in recovery or critical care nursing. Experience in cardiac nursing is desirable although not essential. We require all applicants to have experience in an acute surgical setting. Induction and training will be tailored to suit the individual candidates needs and provide support for those with minimal experience of caring for sedated and mechanically ventilated patients.

The unit offers a variety of development opportunities to successful candidates, including ILS, ALS, EAPLS, critical care diploma/degree modules as well as a range of in-house study days.

Main duties of the job

The post is working within Critical Care at the Royal Brompton hospital and rotates through all three areas, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Elizabeth High Dependency Unit and Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit.

The post holder will work under the supervision of the ward manager and multi-disciplinary team members in monitoring and maintaining excellent standards of nursing care and staff development, as part of the ward team.

To be responsible for the continuing professional development and overall performance of student nurses and unqualified staff in Critical Care.

The post holder is expected to carry out all relevant forms of care with provisions of preceptorship/mentorship.

To be flexible in the approach to the clinical area and provide cover for any area specified.

About us

Adult Intensive Care Unit

The AICU offers an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in Intensive Care nursing at one of the country's leading cardiorespiratory units.

As a commissioned Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) centre, we care for patients with severe acute respiratory and cardiac failure. We also care for patients with a wide range of complex cardiac conditions and lung disease, and for patients after cardiac and thoracic surgery.

About us:

18 beds

National ECMO Centre for Severe Acute Respiratory Failure

Cardiogenic Shock Centre

Regional Acute Aortic Dissection Centre

Specialist Critical Care service for patients requiring advanced cardiovascular or respiratory support

Elizabeth High Dependency Unit
  • We are an 18 beds level 2 Cardio-respiratory HDU
  • We are a specialist centre for adult congenital heart disease and lung conditions such as Interstitial Lung Disease and Cystic Fibrosis.

The HDU Staff Nurse will be working in our state-of-the art facilities and able to offer HDU nursing to patients post-surgery. Some patients may require support of the following devices
  • Cardiac output monitoring
  • Non invasive ventilation
  • Impella
  • Intra aortic balloon pump
  • Hemofiltration
  • Advanced pain relief techniques

The Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)

PACU at the Royal Brompton site is a 10-bedded unit caring for patients of all ages post cardiac and thoracic surgery as well as invasive cardiology and offers a 24-hour Monday to Saturday service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Patient/customer care (both direct & indirect)
  • Ensure that nursing documentation is maintained to the Trust standard.
  • Under supervision participate in conducting nursing audit to achieve the agreed standards.
  • Under the supervision of the Sister/Charge Nurse contribute to and participate in the process of setting goals and benchmarking standards of care.
  • In conjunction with the staff team contribute to developing and maintaining a ward /department ethos and provide a standard approach to the delivery of excellent nursing care.
  • Demonstrate through a holistic approach to nursing care and day to day clinical issues an understanding of evidence based practice.
  • To demonstrate awareness and compliance with Trust policies, procedures, guidelines and standards.
  • To be aware of the Trusts framework of clinical governance within the ward or department area, seeking advice or guidance where necessary.
  • Identify and report clinical risks to the ward/departmental manager/modern matron so that appropriate action can be taken in accordance with the Trust risk management policy.
  • To provide a suitable and safe environment for the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of staff, patients/clients and their relatives/carers, seeking guidance or advice where necessary.
  • Record and report all incidents/complaints involving staff, patients and visitors in accordance with Trust policies and assist in any investigations as required.
  • To take charge, whilst being supervised, of the clinical needs of a group of defined patients and/or ward or department on occasion prioritising workload according to changing clinical need for a shift.
  • Collaborating with other members of the ward team to ensure the patients needs are met to a consistently high standard.
  • To delegate tasks and activities to a range of team members in relation to patient care (for example when taking supervised charge or as a link nurse)
  • To actively promote a healthy lifestyle for patients and staff in line with national strategy requirements.
  • Demonstrate research awareness when carrying out patient care.

  • To demonstrate politeness, courtesy and sensitivity in dealing with patients/clients, visitors/relatives and colleagues, maintaining good customer relations.
  • Contribute towards sharing good practice within the ward/department and Trust wide.
  • To promote a positive image of the Trust at all times.
  • To work cohesively with all members of the ward team in ensuring that the very best services to patients are provided at all times.

People management
  • Actively manage own annual leave in line with Trust and local Policy and Procedure.
  • Participate in the Trusts appraisal and person development plan schemes by meeting with the manager at least annually.
  • Participate in the programme for clinical supervision as required.
  • Maintain a personal, professional profile, identifying role and skill developments in line with the Scope of Professional Practice.

Information management
  • Participate in the collection of audit and research data as required.
  • Use data which will contribute to the improvement of patient care.
  • Use the Trust intranet to enhance care and for professional development.
  • Undertake relevant training for electronic information systems in place and under development.
  • Following Trust/local guidelines to access results from the PAS system.

Resource management
  • To work together with the ward team to ensure effective use of resources
  • To actively engage with self-rostering in clinical ward or departments

Service development
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive learning environment for colleagues, patients and visitors.
  • To participate in staff education and development, including utilising appropriate learning opportunities and to act as a mentor and resource for student nurses, adaptation and unqualified members of the nursing team.

Policy development
  • Under the supervision of the ward / department manager to work on delegated projects relating to local policy development.
  • To be actively involved in the implementation of Trust policies and procedures at ward / department level, reinforcing their use.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • RN with NMC registration

Experience & Knowledge


  • Post registration experience working in an actue health care setting


  • Current/ previous Critical Care experience

Skills & Abilities


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Organised time management

Personal qualities


  • Ability to work within a team and independently

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street



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