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Development opportunities offered for nursing staff in ICU at St George’s Bands 5,6,7
The Foundations of Critical Care Nursing Course (FCCNC) is designed to facilitate the development of ICU specific skills to enable safe delivery of care within this specialism. The FCCNC is run jointly between the three adult ICU’s and blends a taught programme with national and local competencies, and is completed within the first year of joining ICU.
Specialist practice modules for Intensive Care Nurses are accessed via the local Higher Education Institution (HEI). These modules can be studied at Level 6 or Level 7, as part of post registration or post graduate programmes. Mentorship and Intensive Care of the Polytrauma Patient modules are also available through the local HEI at undergraduate or post graduate level. Modules are available for a range of additional subjects including specialist neuro science and cardiac care courses.
Single study days are delivered locally in the following topics:
- Transfer of the critically ill patient
- Polytrauma practical care for the ICU patient
- Mandatory training
- Tracheostomy Care
- Goal Directed Therapy of the post operative patient
- Care of the vascular surgery patient
- Pacing study day
Rotations are offered to Neuro and Cardiothoracic ICU and to the Emergency Department. Band 6 nurses develop clinical leadership skills including shift leading, project management and audit.
A successful leadership programme is available for staff from the adult ICU’s, during which project work is undertaken, and is facilitated by the Consultant Nurse for critical care.
Staff will be supported to publish and present team projects or leadership work in local, national, or international forums. Nurses are encouraged to take on link roles to support trust initiatives and act as a resource locally for that subject area.
Opportunities are available within the Trust for senior nurses to develop leadership and management skills alongside and individuals chosen programmes of study. Band 7’s will lead a team of ICU nurses and develop junior staff and undertaking team projects that aim to improve patient care or the patient experience of ICU.
The well established career pathways in ICU enable development opportunities within a diverse range of areas – including education, liaison / outreach roles, audit / research, goal directed therapy and clinical excellence.
Alternatively contact the ICU’s directly:
General ICU 0208 725 1307
Neuro ICU 0208 725 4195
CT ICU 0208 725 1504