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.
In 2018 over 3000 patients were admitted to our Critical Care Units, cared for by 300 Registered Nurses and 40 Healthcare Support Workers. 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.
John V Farman Intensive Care Unit (JVF ICU) – A 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.
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.
Intermediate Dependency Area (IDA) – 12 bed, Level 1 & 2 unit
We provide close monitoring and organ support during the initial period post-surgery, patients stepping down from intensive care or those patients entering an acutely ill phase. We combine nurse-led IDA beds and Rapid Response Team beds.
I’ve worked on JVF ICU as a staff nurse for 14 months, for me personally this is the best decision I ever made! Previously I worked on a medical assessment unit and in the emergency department, however being newly qualified and at the start of my career I knew I wanted something different. I was looking for a nursing role that was challenging, engaging, holistic and able to provide opportunities for personal development. I discovered all of this within critical care. I have found a balance between critical thinking, assessment skills and problem solving, alongside caring for a patient holistically and spiritually. No two days are the same, and we look after some of the most poorly people in the region, with complex and interesting medical conditions.
The learning opportunities seem endless – from regular study days and involvement in research, to opportunities for further academic study. If you are looking for a challenge and the chance to to learn new skills with a supportive, like minded and fun team then please come and join us!
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 practice development support through a critical care foundation programme. Twelve local study days and nationally recognised competencies: Steps Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses
- East of England critical care course at degree & masters level, accredited by University of East Anglia
- RN rotational programmes through the three units: JVF ICU > NCCU > Royal Papworth CCU
- 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, we also present 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
“Nurses were so attentive to my needs, as well as those of my husband.”
“Staff were always smiling when they arrived on shift.”
“I was always kept up to date and informed on what was happening with my son.”
“I felt safe leaving my daughter to go home.”
“…a positive learning environment…”
“…always happy to answer questions…”
“My care in the ICU was absolutely outstanding – both the staff and facilities…”
“No words can express the gratitude I feel. The care I received surpassed his wildest expectations.”
“We are so grateful to the nurses who made memory boxes for my sons to remember their dad by.”