From head, shoulders, knees and toes you can find the complete experience you’re looking for
The opportunities to work in our theatres or Intensive Care Units teams are endless. You don’t need to have direct experience in these areas because our dedicated education team is very experienced and will offer you the right training, development and support to fulfil your potential.
We are currently developing simulation training and have bespoke inductions and competency packages to develop you into a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner. We support your transition from supernumerary status to autonomous practitioner with the aid of mentors and clinical skills supervisors who will work alongside you in clinical practice.
We are very interested in hearing from nurses and operating department practitioners (ODPs) who have experience within theatres and ICUs as we are entering an exciting period of expansion to our theatres and intensive care beds. The Trust’s strategic direction will see re-allocation of acute services to two sites. These moves will be supported with refurbishment programmes and fantastic new builds. Plans include a state-of-the-art hybrid theatre which will offer ample opportunities to work within a highly skilled multidisciplinary team.
As a Trust we are reviewing all workforce opportunities and we have a broad range of roles within our theatres and ICUs. Associate practitioner roles are well established within theatres and we have advanced critical care practitioner roles within our ICUs.
Working in our ICUs
If you’re interested in being an intensive care nurse, there are unique opportunities to gain experience of acute emergency care, adult ECMO, cardio-thoracic, vascular and outreach services as well as complex post-operative elective care.
We pride ourselves on the research and developments our tertiary centres lead on and we work closely with the local universities. UHL will offer post registration educational opportunities including critical care and mentorship modules.
With the case mix of patients treated here, there are substantial benefits to merging small units to create larger units and there will be opportunities to work in our planned expanded, purpose-built ICUs. This will offer you opportunities to develop skills and work with a range of both elective and emergency patients in ICUs that deliver care using new and effective technology.
Working in our theatres
We have 46 theatres across the three hospital sites which offer a whole range of experiences. We carry out elective, trauma, emergency, day case and paediatric surgical procedures across a wide variety of specialties including robotic surgery.
This is a very exciting time to join us as we expand and redevelop our theatres to create a purpose-built environment. Our post-operative care units include day case, advanced recovery units and 24 hour post anaesthetic care units.
All of our recovery areas offer opportunities to develop advanced skills and care for level 2 patients. We are keen to support our nursing staff to undertake university training to become a dual practitioner in both scrub and anaesthetic roles and we encourage those that have not practised anaesthetics for some time to apply as opportunities to return to practice (for both RN and ODP) is available via our links to the local University.
Valuing our teams
Your training and development is really important to us, as is creating a team where you are happy and dedicated. Within ICU and theatres we have an established development package for all grades as an investment in your career development plan.
We will give you the skills and knowledge to understand our policies and practices and we know that staff engagement and involvement is the key to our success and promoting a safe environment for all.