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Band 6 Sister/Charge Nurse - Critical Care

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about Critical Care Nursing and looking for a new challenge?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Sister/Charge Nurse to join our friendly and supportive Critical Care Team. We are looking for a nurse who is able to demonstrate substantive recent and relevant experience at Band 5 level in a Critical Care environment and is able to evidence a mentorship qualification and a 60 credit Intensive Care Course.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual who is an excellent communicator and has a genuine interest in developing their critical care skills. Interpersonal skills are essential and they will be demonstrating the ability to be forward thinking and passionate about delivering high standards of care.

Our critical care service has 12 beds, managed between two units, and we care for an average of 800 patients each year. Bedfordshire Hospitals (L& D Site) is the tertiary centre for Maxillofacial (Max Fax) Surgery & Bariatrics.

BUT, it is an exciting time to be joining our Critical Care team as we are in the process of building a brand new Intensive Care Unit as part of a �168.8m capital scheme. The new ITU will be able to accommodate 22 patients in a modern spacious environment with up to date technology supporting the nursing team to deliver excellent care - we will be moving in spring of 2025,so come and join us!

We can provide the opportunity to develop Critical Care skills in an exciting and challenging work environment.

Main duties of the job

To support and work with the Ward Manager and Matron to provide effective unit management. To take regular charge of the clinical area in the absence of the ward manager.

To take responsibility for the assessments of the care needs the development, implementation and evaluation of care to ensure the highest possible standards of care are received by patients.

To supervise and teach other nursing and non-nursing staff, acting as an excellent clinical role model and team leader to ensure quality care is delivered to the patients.

Our Critical Care department consists of a 12 bed capacity. We deliver high quality, patient focused care for patients who require level 1, 2 and level 3 care. We have a dedicated outreach service including NIV support out of hours.

We are a member of the East of England Critical Care Network and participate in ICNARC (Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre) so we can help to contribute to improving outcomes in critical care. We are participating in the training ofAdvanced Critical Care Practitioners and we currently have two nurses in training who support the medical team.

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 familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide skilled nursing care and demonstrate a high standard of practice in assessing, implementing and evaluating patient care, including analysis and interpretation to facilitate decision making skills.

Act as a Team Leader, support and supervise the further development of nurses and nursing practice in critical care.

To ensure that care is delivered as per Trust and critical care policies, is aware of changes as they occur and partakes in the addressing of changes.

To participate in the Clinical Competencies, including assessment of staff as applicable after appropriate training.

To ensure that custody, administration and recording of drugs are in accordance with Trust Policy and NMC guidelines.

To inform the 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.

To be responsible for the accurate documentation of clinical data and all data related to the daily management of the Critical Care

  • To supervise the professional work of nursing staff (Band 6 and below).
  • To support other team members in their professional work, to be able to adapt and deal with swiftly changing circumstances.
  • To be aware of current issues and policies within the Trust and critical care and ensure these are maintained

  • 4. To assist the Critical Care Matron with the cost-effective use of resources in patient care delivery.
  • To ensure staffing levels are adequate and organise cover if required appropriately and cost effectively.
  • To ensure clear and concise documentation of all patients property and valuables according to hospital policy

  • Person Specification



    • NMC register
    • Must have completed at least 60 credit Critical Care Course or equivalent
    • Must have an MSPP certificate or its equivalent


    • Must have exposure to supervised co-ordinating or taking charge of the unit, able to act up in the absence of a band 6 or senior staff



    • Relevant experience in Critical Care
    • Excellent communication written and verbal skills.
    • oDemonstrates awareness of current changes in the NHS - in particular related to Nursing


    • Basic IT skills to be able to admit, discharge and manage patient details on Extramed, EPMA, IPM, ICE, Nervecentre



    • Must be able to assist in invasive procedures such as intubation, CVC & arterial line cannulation
    • Demonstrate Competence in all aspects of medicine management such IV medications, PCA etc.


    • ALS trained or willingness to get trained
    • Demonstrate Competence in Venepuncture and Cannulation
    • Demonstrates the ability to undertake challenging conversations

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Luton and Dunstable Hospital

    Lewsey Road


    LU4 0DZ

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