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Band 5 Staff Nurse Critical Care

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
It is an exciting time to join the newly formed Bedfordshire Hospital NHS Foundation trust.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and experienced, motivated, approachable and reliable nurse to work in Critical Care at Bedford Hospital.

Our adult Critical care service provides an integrated level 1, 2, and 3 Critical Care service with 6 level 3 and 4 Level 2 Critical care beds in a purpose built unit and 24/7 level 1 service.

Our unit is exciting, challenging and supportive and you will be working as part of highly skilled dynamic and friendly team.

The post holder will assist the Critical Care Matron with the continuing responsibility for Critical Care services, to ensure the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care is of a high standard. Also providing leadership, , role modelling good professional practice and behaviour and maintaining safe environment.

This is a challenging position in a fast moving environment, must have substantial experience in a ward or acute setting, have excellent communication skills, time management and ability to work as a part of multi professional team managing a wide range of complex problems and sometimes conflicting priorities.

The post holder will ensure undertaking the required training and completing specialist competencies required to fulfil the role.

Main duties of the job

The post holder carries responsibility for the assessment of care needs, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of care.

Following appropriate supervision and assessment through the knowledge and skills framework the post holder will also be required to supervise and teach other nursing and non-nursing staff and will be designated to take charge of the unit regularly in the absence of the nurse who has continuing responsibility.

Maintain a high standard of clinical work when carrying out nursing procedures.

Responsible for the safe custody of medication, including checking and administration.

Ensure compliance with our clinical governance framework, you will motivate colleagues, champion service user safety and dignity and drive continuous improvement.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Job Description and Person Specification are attached to this job, please review for the full details and responsibilities.
  • To provide skilled nursing care under supervision. To demonstrate a high standard of practice in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care. When competent staff will undertake band 5 critical care management programme
  • To ensure that care is delivered as per Trust and Critical Care policies.
  • To ensure that custody, administration and recording of drugs are in accordance with Hospital Policy and NMC guidelines and to complete IV drug competency within Critical Care.
  • To inform Critical Care Matron of any matters affecting the professional standard of patient care.
  • To adhere to the guidelines within the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (NMC)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Qualification in critical care



  • Experience in an acute setting or substantial ward experience
  • Leadership potential
  • Positive attitude to change
  • Skills in mentoring, supervision of students and colleagues
  • Works well within a team


  • Previous experience in a Critical Care environment
  • Ability to lead projects and new developments



  • Able to use IT systems including Microsoft Office

Personal Skills


  • Problem solving skills - ability to respond to unexpected demands
  • Ability to work independently and make autonomous decisions
  • Strong communication skills written and verbal
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload and direct the work others and adjust plans as required both in the short and long term
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the demands of the role

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bedford Hospital, Critical Care complex

Kempston Road


MK42 9DJ

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