Clinical Nurse Specialist- Critical Care

The Princess Grace Hospital
14 Feb 2017
14 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

About The Facility

Located in the heart of London's esteemed medical district, the newly-refurbished Princess Grace Hospital offers a wide range of medical and surgical specialities. Supported by world-class doctors from leading London teaching hospitals, the hospital has 129 beds, including a purpose-built intensive care unit, catering for Level 3 patients. Our eight fully-equipped theatres include three laminar flow theatres for orthopaedic surgery and a robotic surgery suite along with some of the most advanced radiological diagnostic facilities in the country.

The Intensive Care Unit was opened in 2011 and contains 9 beds made up of 4 open bays and 5 single side rooms. It cares for both level 2 and 3 patients and the typical case mix includes elective colorectal and HBP, complex urology, spinal surgery and will also accommodate unplanned and medical admissions. Modern care delivery equipment is present throughout the unit including the latest generation of ventilators, patient monitors, cardiac output monitoring, renal replacement devices and near patient testing facilities.

We'll look after you with our contribution pension scheme, the use of all HCA Healthcare UK facilities for acute medical conditions, annual salary review, 25 days holiday each year and access to a fantastic flexible benefits scheme. We can also offer you a relocation packages if you are living outside of London or the UK. You can expect to be working in an environment that promotes the development of your skills and knowledge.

Job Description

The CNS in Critical Care will provide and strengthen clinical leadership by acting as a positive role model, to ensure high standards of clinical care. You will acting as a resource for all clinical staff, providing development and training opportunities within your scope of service.

Salary between £39,174 and £45,419 plus HCA benefits

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To perform regular rounds to detect patients on the ward who are at risk of deterioration or who have acute pain management needs
  • To perform triage to patients who have triggered on the Hospital's physiological track and trigger system
  • To demonstrate good clinical practice at all times and to be accountable for own actions
  • When necessary, identify patients that may require admission to a higher level of care, liaising with the ICU medical staff, general or specialist RMOs. Ensure that admitting consultants are informed about changes in their patient's condition.
  • Accept and consult upon referrals from wards staff providing advice, recommending management plans and seeking help when needed
  • Respect and ensure patient privacy and confidentiality
  • Liaise with ICU team regarding any deteriorated patient in the ward
  • To work closely with ICU team and support nurses during caring of deteriorating patients.

Skills & Experience

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Post graduate education within the critical care speciality
  • Minimum of six years Critical Care experience with at least 2 years in a role with shift leadership responsibilities
  • Previous involvement in supporting nurse education
  • Previous involvement in recruitment and retention planning
  • ALS provider or willingness to undertake the course upon successful appointment
  • Experience within acute pain management and a willingness to undertake further study within this field if required
  • Effectively manage and control resources in line with budgetary requirements.
  • Design and manage systems that ensure patients at risk of deterioration receive an effective response
  • Design and manage a comprehensive pathway that meets the needs of patients who are in acute pain.
  • Plan and manage own workload
  • Maintain and continuously improvement the provision of critical care outreach, acute pain and resuscitation services using audit, learning from incidents, introduction of national or cooperate initiatives, feedback and training
  • Undertake audit of the hospital's resuscitation equipment at the required intervals
  • In partnership with the external resuscitation advisory service, undertake simulated cardiac arrest and provide feedback
  • In partnership with the external resuscitation advisory service, undertake risk assessments of provision of cardiac arrest equipment
  • Collect and analyse data from cardiac arrests and other medical emergencies

About The Individual

An excellent team builder and motivator, you will be proactive and decisive with the ability to work well under pressure.