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Critical Care – Adult

We are a highly skilled team, focused on the provision of safe and effective, harm free care to both critically ill patients and their relatives.

Member of the Critical Care Unit on a ward with face shield on.

Over 3000 patients are admitted to our Critical Care Units every year, cared for by our multidisciplinary team comprising Registered Nurses, Healthcare Support Workers, Nurse Apprentices, Research Specialist Nurses, Advanced Critical Care Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Dieticians, Pharmacists, Speech and Language therapists.

CUH Critical Care has a total of 55 beds, divided between three units, offering Level 2 and Level 3 care, to patients with a wide range of health needs.

  • D3 Critical Care (John V Farman Intensive Care Unit: JVF ICU) – 20-bed, General Intensive Care Unit
    We deliver care to critically unwell patients with both primary medical and surgical problems. Our case mix consists of patients from many specialities including hepatobiliary, upper gastrointestinal, urology and gynaecological oncology surgery, hepatology, haematology, renal, respiratory, general medicine and following liver and multi-visceral transplantation.
  • D4 Critical Care (previously Intermediate Dependency Area: IDA) – 12 bed, Level 2 Unit with Level 3 capacity
    We provide close monitoring and organ support, to all specialities of patient, during the initial period post-surgery, patients stepping down from intensive care or those patients entering an acutely ill phase. We provide care for patients who require a higher level of support than ward level care, but do not need Level 3 care.
  • Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU)
    A 23 bed, tertiary centre of neurosciences intensive care medicine and the East of England Major Trauma Centre. We care for patients with traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid haemorrhage, ischemic stroke, complex multi-system trauma and medical neurological diseases.

Registered nurses across all 3 Units are trained in a structured manner, following the nationally recognised Step Competency Framework (opens in a new tab)  through mentorship, supervision, in house training and have the opportunity to undertake a Critical Care course at level 6 or Level 7. We provide the opportunity for rotation through all Units to facilitate cross skilling, competency resilience and a broad and interesting experience.

We welcome applications from Registered Nurses with or without Critical Care experience, and from Registered Nurses both in the UK and across the world.

What can we offer you?

  • The opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills in a fast changing, supportive and friendly environment
  • Orientation and Continuous Professional Development, through a Critical Care Foundation Programme, delivered by a dedicated Practice Development Team: Supernumerary period, twelve local study days and nationally recognised competencies: Steps Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses
  • East of England Critical Care Course at Level 6 and Level 7, accredited by the University of East Anglia
  • RN rotational programmes through the three units and incorporating Papworth Critical care Unit (heart and lung transplant, ECMO, cardiac mechanical support and thoracic critical care)
  • On-going professional development and support with opportunities for career progression. We offer leadership and management opportunities following the NHS leadership academy programme
  • Conference attendance and presentation both nationally and internationally
  • We recruit for and participate in multiple NIHR portfolio studies
  • Psychological wellbeing support. We have an in-house Psychologist and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, offering services to patients, relatives and staff