Our GICU ward is expanding with bed numbers increasing so that we can continue to deliver the best possible care to our patients across the region. We are therefore looking for qualified nurses with acute experience ideally within critical care, to enable this expansion.

With excellent training and development, supported by a dedicated team of practice education facilitators, we provide substantial opportunities for professional growth to our nurses. The unit is also an early adopter of IT systems with fully integrated bedside patient monitoring.

We can offer job security in these uncertain times within an organisation that is dedicated to the wellbeing of its staff. We understand that we work to live (not live to work) and support flexible and part-time working patterns.




We are a Trust where patient safety is our top priority. With opportunities to progress in a CQC Rated ‘Good’ Trust why would you want to go anywhere else?

We like to show our appreciation to all our staff for the hard work they put in every day. This includes a generous annual leave allowance, as well as generous maternity, shared parental, partner and adoption leave & entitlements. As a Trust we’re also committed to ensuring the wellbeing of our staff, with a range of support services, resources and provisions on hand to enable this.



The General Intensive Care Unit (GICU) at the Bristol Royal Infirmary is designed and equipped to provide care to seriously ill patients requiring specialized monitoring and treatment. Recently expanded, our unit now accommodates patients from a diverse range of specialties across the region. We specifically care for patients aged 16 and above who require management for critical illnesses.

Patients are admitted to the Critical Care Unit from various sources such as the emergency department, operating theatres, or hospital wards. Additionally, we serve as a tertiary referral centre for Thoracic, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, and the newly commissioned collaborative Bristol ECMO service with North Bristol Trust. Our unit admits patients with a spectrum of conditions, including sepsis, acute kidney injury, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, and post-operative care, among other reasons.

Our highly dedicated, multidisciplinary team comprising doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and dieticians work collaboratively to ensure patients receive top-quality treatment and individualized care.

Please contact us below for more information about joining this exciting and committed team.


Bristol was appointed as an ECMO centre (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) last year, with the service officially initiated in November 2022. It operates collaboratively between UHBW and NBT, based on A600 at UHBW. Our responsibility includes caring for up to 4 vvECMO patients simultaneously. The upcoming year, 2023, marks the introduction of our Bristol ECMO service retrievals, extending its coverage to the South West region.

Presently, the ECMO team comprises 16 ECMO Nurse Specialists (ENS) specially trained to provide advanced care to patients requiring vvECMO. During periods without active ECMO procedures, ENSs return to their respective critical care base units at either UHBW or NBT. Each ENS possesses a background in critical care and undergoes regular training and simulation sessions throughout the year to uphold their ECMO skills. The ENS team collaborates closely with Bedside ICU Nurses, Perfusionists, ECMO Consultants, and AHPs (Allied Health Professionals).


Our Critical Care department is based in the heart of Bristol, a diverse, historic, and vibrant city bursting with food, music, and culture. Whether you like shopping, eating out, or sport and leisure activities, there’s something here for everyone.

Bristol is consistently tipped as one of the UK’s top cities to live, rated for its stunning scenery and social scene. In 2015 it was also named the UK’s first ever European Green Capital, in recognition of what its citizens have done in terms of making the city a healthier, happier place to live. We’ve put in place a number of green travel schemes, to ensure as a Trust we operate as sustainably as we can.

On top of all this, we’ve negotiated a wide range of discounts with local service providers and retailers, meaning you get great deals on anything from holidays to hairdressing and insurance to theatre tickets.

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Please note these vacancies are likely to close early due to the high volume of expected applications.
We urge you to apply early to avoid disappointment.