Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Staff Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Intensive Care
Band 5
full time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Churchill and John Radcliffe Hospitals
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
£22,128 - £28,746
27/05/2018 23:59

The 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 - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton Hospital in 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 this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and 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.

Many of our recruitment programmes use values-based interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significance difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit  http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values/default.aspx


Band 5 Staff Nurse, Adult Intensive Care, Oxford

Opportunities available on

 Adult Intensive Care Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital

or Churchill Intensive Care Unit, Churchill Hospital.

Please declare at the top of your supporting statement which of the two units you wish to apply for. If no preference please tell us this on your form.

We currently have vacancies within both our general adult intensive care unit (AICU) and our specialist intensive care unit (CICU).  Both areas offer work that is varied and exciting and provide a challenging but supportive environment in which to build your critical care career. To enable you to gain a diverse range of experience the opportunity to rotate between the two units is available.

The general intensive care is located at the John Radcliffe Hospital, the major trauma centre for the Thames Valley.  AICU is a sixteen bedded tertiary referral unit which takes a diverse mix of admissions from the wards and the emergency department. It also supports elective spinal and vascular surgery. 

CICU is an eight bedded purpose built unit located in the Cancer and Haematology Centre on the Churchill site where we look after a wide range of patients with complex medical and surgical conditions, including Haematology, Renal, GI and Head and Neck specialties. We accept emergency and elective admissions and are a tertiary referral centre. We support one of the largest transplant centers in Europe, caring for patients following kidney- pancreas and bowel transplants.

For graduate (newly qualified) nurses we offer a 2 year Foundation Programme. The first year comprises of the Critical Care Foundation Programme and the second year is aimed at developing your leadership and mentoring abilities.

The Critical Care Foundation Programme will provide you with the foundation required for a career in adult intensive care nursing.  This predominately competency based programme includes an extensive orientation programme and fully supported supernumerary period in which you work with a mentor. This is followed by a buddy period to ensure you always feel supported as you put theory into practice.

For those who have ICU experience we will tailor make a development package to suit your learning needs. This will include study days and clinical support from our dynamic education team. We also offer you an extensive orientation package and fully supported supernumerary period in which you work with a mentor.

Following on from the Foundation Course we are proud to offer a supportive environment which provides an extensive ongoing development programme. This includes a mentoring qualification; a Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Intensive Care Practice, and a comprehensive supported leadership programme comprising of study days and clinical support to help you progress to a Band 6.  We also offer a range of development and learning opportunities through the use of simulation and specialist courses to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to care for the complex patient population within the Oxford ICUs. Currently following the course and given certain conditions are met an additional pay premia of 10% is applied to basic salary.

To assist you in your career in intensive care it may be an advantage to have acute nursing experience prior to application however, it is not essential. We look for enthusiasm and a desire to provide high quality care for critically ill patients and an ability to work as part of our dedicated and ever developing team.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information or to arrange an informal visit for AICU please contact Senior Sister Melissa Lovell (melissa.lovell@ouh.nhs.uk) or call AICU on 01865 220625

For further information or to arrange an informal visit for CICU please contact Senior Sister Maria Ashby (maria.ashby@ouh.nhs.uk) or call CICU on 01865 235078

Closing date for applications is Sunday 27th May 2018. 

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