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Critical Care Nurse

NHS Grampian
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
Band 5 (£30,229 - £37,664)
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Critical Care Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

General Critical Care in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary are currently in a position to recruit into Band 5 vacancies.  

We have fantastic opportunities for Registered Nurses to join our highly dynamic, specialist unit and work alongside the multi-disciplinary team to deliver high quality Critical Care nursing.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent core values, a strong sense of team spirit, personal motivation and a commitment to lifelong learning.  

Critical Care offer an extensive Education programme for new staff to complete with the support of their senior colleagues and the Practice Education team.  The Education programme is structured around the National Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Adult Critical Care.  Following completion of the National Competencies, staff will be expected to undertake an academic module in Critical Care nursing at university level.

The General Critical Care Unit has 28 funded beds across 2 areas within the hospital. Patients admitted require either level 2 or level 3 care for a broad spectrum of critical illnesses.

Working in Aberdeen’s General Critical Care Unit affords the opportunity to train and work in the Hyperbaric Chamber, which is the only category 1 Hyperbaric Chamber in Scotland.   We provide an elective service for a variety of conditions and a 24 hour emergency service to treat divers suffering from decompression illness.

In 2018, Aberdeen became the first Major Trauma Centre in Scotland and now plays a key role in leading the delivery of specialist trauma care.  The North of Scotland Major Trauma Centre, based in Aberdeen, is one of the largest health campuses in Europe and is now part of an inclusive and collaborative Trauma Network. 

Additionally, in 2020, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary General Critical Care unit was commissioned as the only Scottish ECMO centre.  The ECMO service is delivered by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of expert staff who have continued to develop the service.  Aberdeen has a platinum award for ECMO service delivery, one of only 20 centres around the world to achieve this.  There will be opportunity to apply for further training and development within the ECMO team for those staff that demonstrate the required academic and clinical aptitude.

Informal visits to the unit are available – this will give you a valuable insight into the scope and practice of Critical Care and an opportunity to ask questions before you apply.  

A relocation allowance of up to £8,000 is available to successful candidates.

Interviews will be held on 5 December 2023. 


Welcome to Grampian

Aberdeen is one of the world’s major centres for the oil and gas industry and one of the most successful and prosperous regions of the UK. Oil has not changed the underlying character of the area, and with its unique combination of rural and urban environments, superb transport links and friendly, welcoming people, we can promise you that Grampian, and in particular NHS Grampian, will provide an excellent living environment. Please take your time and read through the following to learn more about us, be astounded by the benefits available and apply for the many excellent employment opportunities we have on offer. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you success in your applications.

About NHS Grampian

NHS Grampian, which is one of the 14 Regional Health Boards in Scotland, provides healthcare services to the North-East of the country, covering the local government areas administered by Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Morayshire Councils. We employ around 14,500 staff who deliver our services to half a million people spread across 3,000 square miles of city, town, village and rural communities. We have extremely close links to the University of Aberdeen (with its internationally renowned Medical School and new Dental School) and The Robert Gordon University. These close links have made us a centre of pioneering medical research in a number of fields.Aberdeen, as a major Scottish city, is where most of our hospitals are located. Elgin in Moray, is the site of Dr Gray’s and the principal general hospital in the west of Grampian. In addition, there are a further 14 community hospitals, situated in each of the main towns.As an employer, we take great care to ensure that all staff have a safe, happy and professional environment in which to work. Clear policies, covering everything from Dignity at Work to Leave for Domestic, Personal and Family reasons - as well as a comprehensive Occupational Health Service - give our staff confidence and security. We are a listening, caring and people-focused organisation. As a diverse employer, we are welcoming and our employment practices are both flexible and family-friendly. In our approach we aim to be innovative and professional. We are proud of our heritage, proud of our area, history and traditions, and proud of the service we provide to the people of North-East Scotland.

Working with us

At NHS Grampian we have thousands of dedicated staff, all striving to provide the highest quality of healthcare, including almost every major medical specialty, to the population of North-East Scotland.

NHS Grampian are extremely proud of all of them, and of their unique contribution to the work we do every hour of every day of the year. So, as you’ve probably gathered, in addition to your expertise, appropriate qualifications and the experience necessary for each post we advertise, we also look for commitment, friendliness and enthusiasm in our employees. People matter at NHS Grampian and we welcome applications from every sector of the community.One of the greatest pleasures of living and working here in the North-East of Scotland is very different from the rest of the country. There is a charming balance between the cosmopolitan, internationally recognised oil capital that is Aberdeen, memorably described as a city with the culture of a village, and the rural, relaxed, outdoor lifestyle of the coastal and inland towns of Aberdeenshire and Moray.

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