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.

There is no better time to join Critical Care at UHBW with 2 major exciting projects just about to start – the setting up of an outreach team and the delivery of the new Bristol ECMO service for the South West in conjunction with North Bristol NHS Trust.

With excellent training and development, six weeks supernumerary, a dedicated team of practice education facilitators and SIM training which lead to a critical care qualification, we have a lot to offer 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.

To find out more about the unit and what it is like to work in a CQC ‘Good’ organisation apply for a role today

Welcome to GICU

Ward A600 Adult Critical Care Unit is situated in the Bristol Royal Infirmary which is part of the Surgical Division at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston. This purpose unit was built in 2015 with cutting edge technology and an innovative bedside Clinical Information System in place.

General Intensive Care unit (GICU) is a 21 bedded unit which caters for level 3 and 2 (Intensive care and High Dependency) patients and treats around 1300 patients per year. We care for patients from a variety of Specialties Including Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, Haematology and Gynaecology and are also a tertiary referral centre for out of hospital cardiac arrest patients out of hours.

The Multidisciplinary team work closely together and includes Intensive Care Medical team, Nursing staff, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Research team, Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals. GICU works closely with the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) within the Bristol Royal Infirmary with regards to staff education and training and there are opportunities for Band 5 rotational posts through both CICU and GICU.

We have Critical Care Practice Educators in place in both areas to facilitate education of all staff and the development of new starters. Their role includes supporting staff in the transition from ward based nursing to the Intensive Care environment and ongoing support and training for all staff. A structured education plan is in place for all new staff and we also provide an in house progression pathway for future development and career building in GICU with access to post graduate university courses as well as working alongside the National Competency Steps Programme for Critical Care nurses.

We always value our staff and offer permanent, part time and flexible working within the unit. For further information on the General Intensive Unit care or recruitment opportunities contact the band 7 team on 01173427600.

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Our People


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.

We want to see our staff flourish. As a Nurse at UHBW you could discover opportunities to move into Management, to become a Practitioner, Specialist Nurse, Research Nurse and so much more.

As a University hospital, we’re always looking to adopt the latest treatments and practices. Through study days and optional courses, we provide a culture of learning, helping you become the best Nurse that you can be.

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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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