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Band 6 - Junior Sister/Charge Nurse - Critical Care - ICU/HDU

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year inc. HCA
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a capable and Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse to join our Critical Care team at West Herts NHS Trust.

Our ICU is a 20 bedded unit based at Watford General Hospital.

This role includes shift leadership and participation in the Critical care Outreach.

Main duties of the job

This post holder will have completed a 60 credit post graduate award in Intensive Care Nursing.

They will be required to demonstrate a willingness to develop leadership skills as the post will include shift leadership responsibilities.

Our Band 6's also undertaking shifts as part of our Critical Care Outreach Team. Successful candidates will also assist the Band 7's with management of their teams.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide high quality safe care to critically ill patients and their families and loved ones.

Undertake shift coordination of the Intensive Care Unit

Participate in the Critical Care Outreach rota

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Registered Nurse
  • NMC Registration
  • Diploma in Nursing. Mentorship
  • Completion of an accredited post graduate Critical Care Course (minimum60 credits) as defined in National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education (CC3N, 2016)
  • Evidence of ongoing development & education related to Critical Care
  • Completion of National Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Adult Critical Care Step one two and three competencies (CC3N, 2015).


  • Degree level academic
  • Sign off Mentor or willing to undertake the course



  • Evidence of active involvement in developing new ways of working
  • High level clinical skills and knowledge relating to critical care nursing, including organ support
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant political and professional issues in healthcare
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills including verbal, non-verbal and written


  • Knowledge of change management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of complex operational issues such as patient flow, capacity and staffing requirements.



  • Experience in mentoring, assessing and supervising junior colleagues
  • Substantial experience within the critical care environment.
  • Ability to manage critically ill patients with highly complex therapies with minimal support
  • Demonstrate ability to support other members of staff whilst providing direct care to their allocated patients


  • Evidence of contribution to department quality improvement projects

Skills and ability


  • Plastering
  • Complex wound management including suturing.
  • Role mode
  • Negotiation.
  • Ability to facilitate and support learning.
  • Excellent personal and communication skills
  • Organisational ability


  • Demonstrate ability to think creatively and laterally.
  • Complex wound management including suturing

Personal qualities


  • IT skills
  • Motivated & enthusiastic.
  • ProfessionaL

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford Hospital


WD18 0HB

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