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Unit Manager-Churchill ICU

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Who are we?

We are a friendly, supportive team, dedicated to delivering outstanding patient-centred care within our 8 bedded unit based at the Churchill Hospital Site. We are a nationally renowned centre for specialities such as Cancer and Haematology Maxillofacial Surgery, and we are one of the larg est transplant centres in Europe. With the combination of a fantastic team and working environment, it is a wonderful place to develop, grow and contribute to delivering the best to our patients.

About You?

We are now looking for an exceptional Unit Manager to join our leadership team.

You will be an experienced critical care nurse with operational management/bed management and be able to make decisions as well as navigate problems when they arise.

You will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to develop sound professional relationships across the whole MDT.

You will have a passion to drive through change and confident in leading new quality improvement initiatives across the unit.

As the Unit manager you will effectively manage and lead the team, ensuring the team are supported, developed and nurtured allowing the unit to 'grow its own'.

If this sounds like you and you would like to find out more please contact - - Deputy Matron to have an informal confidential discussion.

Proposed Interview Date - Tuesday 30th July.

Main duties of the job

Lead on the development of the critical care service within the Churchill Intensive Care Unit, including that of of the staff and their bespoke educational needs and professional growth requirements. Involvement in the management of patient flow for this area. Supporting the staff to deliver compassionate, excellent quality care from admission to onward discharge.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. The Trust comprises of four hospitals - theJohn Radcliffe Hospital,Churchill HospitalandNuffield Orthopaedic Centrein Headington and theHorton General Hospitalin Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Practice and Research
  • To promote the Churchill Intensive Care Nursing Philosophy in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge and skills in the management of the complex and changing health care needs of the critically ill patient, integrating theory and practice.
  • Ensures that the patients interests are fully considered within the contexts of care and actively participates in ethical decision making
  • Actively investigates advanced theoretical knowledge and demonstrates research-based practice.
  • Act as a credible clinical role model
  • Practices as a professional senior nurse with confidence, authority and expertise
  • Takes responsibility for clinical practice developments
  • Maintains accurate and comprehensive documentation and demonstrates competency in the use of information technology resources.
  • Works within Adult Critical Care and OUHFT codes of practice and professional guidelines.
  • Demonstrates effective communication regarding complex and sensitive information to patients, individuals in the multi-professional team, and significant others.
  • To participate and engage with research activities within the Adult Critical Care service.
  • To engage in and perform audit and service improvement projects.

  • Promotes an environment that encourages learning and sustains the personal and professional development of staff.
  • Supports staff through the provision of sound mentorship tailored to individual learning needs.
  • Takes responsibility for constructive feedback to staff on their progress and development utilising, or encouraging the use of, the performance review framework.
  • Acts as an expert resource for staff requiring knowledge and skills in critical care practice.
  • Contributes to the ongoing development and implementation of education programmes within Adult Critical Care
  • Actively participates in the provision of educational programmes within Adult Critical Care.
  • Actively participates in relevant ACC / OUH Trust initiatives / projects and takes responsibility for co-ordinating their development, implementation and evaluation within critical care.
  • Is committed to an ethos of lifelong learning.

Managerial / Leadership and Audit
  • Takes responsibility for operational management of the service.
  • Management of staff and resources across the Adult Critical Care.
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary decision making via the daily bed meeting to facilitate elective admissions and discharges.
  • In collaboration with other senior nurses, develops the Adult Critical Care operational and organisational structure to optimise the service.
  • Actively participates in the collaborative approach to strategic planning that ensures the Adult Critical Care service plan accounts for patient and service needs.
  • Directs supports and facilitates any team and unit project work.
  • Contributes to local research and to practice development.
  • Contributes to on-going development and achievement of individual team members to promote potential.
  • Facilitates feedback to individuals through performance review and clinical supervision to fulfil individual and unit needs.
  • Facilitates and develops communication channels within the multi-professional team
  • Is actively involved in cost and budgeting initiatives and review of saving strategies.
  • Takes responsibility for the recruitment and selection of staff, and support measures that promote staff retention.
  • Participates in the development and support of Trust, local and National projects that audit clinical needs.
  • Contributes to the implementation and development of clinical governance and quality assurance.
  • To foster a collaborative approach in the provision of a follow up service to patients outside of the critical care environment.

  • To promote equal opportunities for staff and patients to ensure that no person receives less favourable treatment than another on grounds of sex, race, marital status, religion, colour, creed, nationality, ethnic or national origin or sexual orientation.
  • Takes responsibility for continued personal and professional development by setting appropriate objectives and seeking performance appraisal.
  • Responsible for staff record and data collection of individual team members.
  • Promotes the nursing role within the multi-professional team.
  • Acts as a professional representative for Adult Critical Care at a local, national and international level.
  • Contributes to the field of critical care knowledge and literature and maintains a political awareness of issues that pertain to Adult Critical Care.
  • To act in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors and to be accountable for own clinical practice and professional actions at all times.
  • Work within Critical Care and OUHFT codes of practice and professional guidelines.
  • Ensure continued and effective registration and revalidation with the NMC.
  • Practice in a confident and competent professional manner.
  • Demonstrate insight and understanding of how own actions and behaviour can impact on other people and working environment.
  • To complete mandatory and statutory training as required by the Trust
  • Demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  • To have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of self and others and to comply at all times with the requirements of the Health and Safety Policy.
  • To ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment to those acting in an official capacity.
  • To promote equal opportunities for staff and patients to ensure that no person receives less favourable treatment than another on grounds of sex, race, marital status, religion, colour, creed, nationality, ethnic or national origin or sexual orientation.

Clinical Governance
  • In collaboration with the senior team ensure that education / training standards set locally and nationally within the clinical governance framework are implemented, achieved and monitored.
  • In collaboration with the senior team ensure all trust policies / procedures are implemented.
  • To keep informed of current research and development and disseminate information as appropriate.
  • To act as representative at local critical care clinical governance group and ensure that implementation and audit of current research-based practice is undertaken.
  • Promote the adult critical care service-based quality initiatives.
  • Monitor standards of care and quality of service through assessment of the care providers.
  • Evaluate and audit the educational programme within the adult intensive care service.
  • Contribute to the appraisal process regarding the educational needs of individual staff.
  • Participate in response to untoward incidents, ensuring facilitation of education / training needs arising from the incident.
  • Monitor and report staff compliance of statutory and mandatory training and appraisal requirements

Personal Responsibilities
  • Maintain current active NMC registration and revalidation.
  • Act in accordance with NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Attend mandatory / statutory training as per Trust policy.
  • Take responsibility for continued personal and professional development by setting appropriate objectives and seeking performance appraisal.
  • Present an appearance that gives a positive image of the Trust and a manner that is appropriate and inspires confidence.
  • Respect patient / staff confidentiality in all its forms and in particular the confidentiality of electronically stored data in line with Date Protection Act and Caldicott Report.
  • Ensure the maintenance of patient privacy / dignity.
  • Promote the nursing role within the multi professional team.


The management of risk is responsibility of everyone and will be achieved within the progressive, honest and open environment. Staff will be provided with the necessary education, training and support to enable them to meet this responsibility.

  • As Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust meets the requirements in respect of the exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check from the Criminal Records Bureau before the appointment is confirmed
  • The Trust has adopted a security policy in order to help protect patients, visitors, and staff and to safeguard their property. All employees have a responsibility to ensure that those persons using the Trust and its service are as secure as possible.
  • The Trust is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and to treat staff, patients, colleagues and potential employees with dignity and respect. A copy of our policy is available from the Human Resourses Department.
  • The Trust operates a non-smoking policy.
  • The role description gives a general outline of the duties of the post and is not intended to be an inflexible or finite list of tasks. It may be varied, from time to time, after consultation with the post holder.
  • All appointments within the National Health Service are subject to pre-employment health screening.
  • Any other duties as designated by your manager and which are commensurate with the grade.

NB This role description is a reflection of the current position and may change in emphasis or detail in the light of subsequent developments, in consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (part 1, 8, 12, 15 of register, depending on area of practice).
  • Postgraduate qualification in Critical Care Nursing at Level 7 or equivalent.
  • Masters level study.
  • Evidence to support a programme of proactive personal professional development.
  • Completion of a leadership and management development programme, or completion of CC3N STEP 4 competencies.
  • Postgraduate qualification in mentoring/practice assessor and supervisor.
  • Evidence of Critical Care Operational and bed management.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Initiating and maintaining effective interpersonal and interprofessional relationships with juniors, peers and seniors.
  • Maintaining an excellent standard of patient care.
  • Effectively managing a team.
  • Advanced critical care clinical practice.
  • Team leadership skills, adopting a flexible leadership style depending on the situation.
  • Organisational and management skills.
  • Teaching skills.
  • Ability to facilitate professional growth in nursing colleagues.
  • Ability to undertake and facilitate change management/quality improvement/project work.
  • Evidence of involvement with audit and quality assurance.
  • Evidence of leade
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