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Staff Nurse - Critical Care (Neurosciences, General, Cardiac and Surgical HDU)

Band 5

Main area
Critical Care
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pa
Salary period
09/06/2021 23:59

Job overview

Critical care is currently seeking applications to join our motivated, friendly and supportive teams. We’re looking for nurses who’d like to work in critical care and offer you a unique opportunity to work in specialised intensive care units, gaining a wide range of clinical expertise, as well as professional growth for your career development.

The critical care units at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) are renowned for our local and national contribution to critical care, as well as for consistently delivering high standards of clinical care.  We’re very proud of our developments and our service has expanded enabling us to actively recruit.

Please review our about our teams doucments for more information about the different units. 

If you are currently an overseas nurse – please do not apply for this post and instead send your CV to nurserecruitment@uhs.nhs.uk

If you are a newly qualified nurse – please apply to our newly qualified nurses positions

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The critical care education team provides structured support to all staff and run development programmes that are well established. The formal education package follows a structured career pathway which includes induction training, and an in-house Foundation to Critical Care Nursing programme and Leadership programme.

All staff follow a nationally recognised competency package. There are opportunities to apply for the Principles in ICU course and High Dependency Course modules at both degree and masters level.

You’ll have the opportunity to actively participate in critical care issues at Trust, national and at an international level. With this varied and complex case mix, a commitment to developing our roles in a visionary manner makes this an excellent opportunity to gain a rewarding career within critical care.

UHS is one of only two places in the south of England to offer adults and children full onsite major trauma care provision. We’re a designated major trauma centre and has general and specialist critical care areas which were awarded ‘outstanding’ for leadership in our recent CQC inspection.

There are multiple opportunities to rotate around the care group for personal development. As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible environment in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

Person specification

Previous or relevant experience

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute health services
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Awareness of responsibilities for management of infection control

Physical requirements

Essential criteria
  • Health and physical abilities sufficient for the post (if necessary with reasonable adjustments with respect to the Equality Act/Disability Discrimination Act)
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group

Aptitudes and skills

Essential criteria
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Able to use initiative
  • Analytical decision-making skills
  • Team player
  • Awareness of evidence based practice


Essential criteria
  • Qualified nurse
  • NMC registered or registration pending
  • Evidence of on-going personal development

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations
  • Ability to demonstrate practical judgement
  • Awareness of learning needs (desirable)

Living the Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values: Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values: Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values: Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Lisa Attrill
Job title
Recruitment Coordinator
Email address
Telephone number
0238120 6525