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Staff Nurse, Critical Care/Intensive Care

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
18 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic nurses to join our friendly multidisciplinary team, & help us to continue provide high quality, up-to-date, and complex multi-speciality care!

This is an exciting opportunity for registered nurses with post qualification experience within an acute clinical setting to be part of our dedicated Critical Care workforce in a prestigious Trust where we are motivated by innovation, the desire to make a difference, and our passion for patient centred care.

We expect a desire to succeed in a busy, challenging, and exciting environment & provide extensive education & support to assist you!

Due to the high demand for critical care beds in & around London, King's is developing too. Our Adult Critical Care service currently consists of 94 beds across 7 critical care units.

We have recently opened a 60 bed state of the art critical care centre, reaffirming our commitment to be at the forefront of technology & innovation. There are ongoing works to create a unique roof garden space where even patients who are on life support will be able to spend time outside, thanks to specially-designed critical care beds, monitoring systems and equipment.

King's is the Major Trauma Centre for the South East London, Kent and Medway (SELKaM) trauma network, & a world leading centre for expertise in liver disease & liver transplantation.

Main duties of the job

Critical Care Nursing is a highly skilled and compassionate healthcare profession responsible for providing specialised nursing care to critically ill patients. Critical Care Nurses play a crucial role in monitoring, assessing, and managing patients with life-threatening conditions.
  • To be a safe and effective practitioner able to provide high quality nursing care to patients and support to their loved ones
  • To work with support, within a multi-disciplinary team to provide continuing care to a specified group of patients from admission to discharge
  • To supervise and develop other members of staff and learners as appropriate
  • To maintain own personal development with support

Particular emphasis is put at Kings on the need to ensure that all staff recognise their responsibility to deliver services in a high quality, courteous, & patient focused manner

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimizing their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible

Mandatory vaccinationfrom 1stApril 2022, there is a legal requirement for staff who have contact with patients and other service users in England to be fully vaccinated (received both doses of an MHRA approved vaccine) against COVID-19. If your role is covered by the regulations, you will be required to provide proof ofyour full vaccinationstatus as part of your pre-employment checks prior to your start date.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments of critically ill patients, including physical, psychological, and emotional evaluations
  • Monitor vital signs, administer medications, and assess the response to treatment
  • Utilise advanced monitoring equipment to observe and interpret patient data
  • Perform complex medical procedures, such as administering medications, ventilator management, and providing life support interventions
  • Collaborate with patients, their loved ones, and multidisciplinary teams to develop and implement individualised care plans for patients
  • Respond promptly to changes in patient conditions and initiate appropriate interventions
  • To practice within the NMC The Code: Professional Standards (2015) and adhere to this at all times
  • To support and assist in the health education of patients and their families
  • To ensure care is delivered in accordance with latest evidence based practice guidelines
  • Advocate for patients' needs and preferences, ensuring their rights and dignity are respected
  • Provide emotional support to patients and their families, addressing concerns and facilitating communication between healthcare providers and family members.
  • To maintain up to date and comprehensive records of care in accordance with NMC and legal requirements
  • To support junior colleagues, students, and visitors to the department
  • To demonstrate effective communication and customer care skills with patients and their relatives/carers, thereby acting as a positive role model for nurses and other staff
  • To act in a professional manner at all times
  • Manage an agreed workload with support from colleagues and senior staff, as appropriate
  • To ensure that all Trust and local policies, protocols and procedures are adhered to by colleagues as appropriate
  • To work within and support the multi-disciplinary team
  • To maintain effective communication and professional relationships with all areas in the care group and with associated clinical areas within the Trust
  • To participate with the monitoring of standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the clinical environment and associated areas in the department, and report as appropriate
  • To share knowledge and skills developed with other members of the Multidisciplinary Team
  • To participate in reflection & /or Clinical Supervision sessions
  • To take personal responsibility for resource management in line with the sustainability goals for the Kings Green Plan
Education & Training
  • Stay updated on advancements in critical care nursing through continuous education and professional development
  • Participate in the orientation and training of new staff members, as well as contribute to ongoing staff education
  • To assist in the teaching and development of colleagues and students
  • Participate in quality improvement initiatives to enhance patient outcomes and contribute to the overall excellence of critical care services
  • To support the use of Trust and local protocols and guidelines to enhance best practice
  • To participate in Trust and Divisional initiatives to develop nursing practice
  • To achieve a range of clinical competencies as required within the Trust, and local to Critical Care
  • To maintain your own personal and professional development in accordance with CPD requirements, attending training sessions as required
  • To undergo, and actively participate in, your own yearly performance appraisal

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (RN1) with active NMC registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Knowledge and Experience


  • Proven experience in managing acutely ill patients, and gain appropriate first line and second line support
  • Interest & enthusiasm in the development of own knowledge in critical care practice
  • Reflective & evaluative practitioner


  • Experience caring for level 2/3 patients in a critical care setting

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Denmark Hill



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