Medacs Healthcare

Critical Care Nursing

As a leading nursing agency in the UK, we specialise in placing trained critical care nurses in roles across England, Wales and Scotland. We consistently offer a wide range of full and part-time roles for specialist A&E, ICU, ITU and HDU nurses for both ad hoc shifts and block bookings that can be worked around your lifestyle and commitments. As part of the Medacs Healthcare family, we will cater to your working needs by providing you with a wealth of exciting opportunities in critical care nursing. We are also proud to supply critical care nurses to some of the major trauma centres across the UK, which can provide ideal experience for those wanting to progress their careers.

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Registration Requirements

To register for our critical care nursing roles, you will need to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Registration with the NMC
  • A minimum of six months’ recent and relevant experience
  • Be eligible to work in the UK

The Ideal Candidate

Critical care nursing can be challenging, but it is a career that is rich and rewarding. As specialists in placing A&E, ITU and HDU nurses, we pride ourselves on finding the ideal candidate to suit every role we offer.

A&E Nursing

A&E nursing takes place in fast-paced, high-intensity environments, meaning you must be able to work exceptionally well under pressure and care for patients with cases that vary in severity. Excellent clinical skills and a can-do attitude are crucial. 

As an A&E nurse, you will be expected to work as part of a team in areas such as resus, majors, minors and triage. If you work in triage, it is your responsibility to make assessments and signpost patients to the correct service or A&E department. In minors, you will be expected to treat patients according to their needs across a wide range of cases. In some aspects of the role, you will be supported by a team while other duties will require you to work autonomously. If you work in majors you will operate as part of an emergency team, dealing with severe cases that could be life-threatening. These roles are all highly rewarding and allow nurses to make a real impact on the care and treatment patients receive. 

If you are flexible, enjoy challenges and working in a fast-moving environment, A&E nursing could be for you. You will need to be a fully qualified registered nurse with a minimum of six months' A&E experience. Our experienced and dedicated critical care team have access to opportunities including exclusive client contracts, major trauma centres and UK wide hospitals.  

ITU Nursing

ITU and HDU nursing can be intense, but equally rewarding. ITU nurses provide 24/7 care and monitoring for patients who are seriously ill and require intensive treatment. To work in an ICU team, you will need to be a fully qualified registered general nurse and willing to build your experience in critical care.

Many ICU nurses will specialise in a particular area including adult or paediatric care. Nurses should be prepared to work long hours - typically 12-hour shifts - and function as part of a team. Excellent multitasking and interpersonal skills are required in order to work with patients and their families, as is the ability to remain calm during challenging situations. With the number of complex care cases on the rise, the amount of ITU nursing roles is set to increase. According to our nurses, end of life situations are the most difficult part of the role, but the rewards ultimately lie in their key involvement in patient recovery.

If you feel that your skills match our descriptions, a career in critical care nursing with Medacs Healthcare is tailor-made for you.

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Benefits 

We have a dedicated critical care nursing team that fully understands how you like to work, and there are many more reasons to join the Medacs Healthcare family. These include:

  • Competitive pay rates – all pay rates include holiday pay
  • Choice of payment options – PAYE, umbrella and limited company
  • Next-day payroll - submit your timesheet by 3pm and get paid the following day
  • Flexible shift options – ad hoc and block bookings available
  • First sight of NHS shifts – as preferred suppliers with several NHS trusts, you’ll get the pick of shifts before they reach other agencies
  • £50 joining bonus – terms apply
  • Excellent referral scheme - receive £250 each time you refer a nurse, terms apply
  • Support with revalidation and appraisals - follow our step-by-step revalidation guide
  • Dedicated 24/7 support – your own dedicated consultant during the day and friendly, professional support from our out-of-hours team at night
  • Volume and variety – thousands of shifts available across NHS and private healthcare providers
  • Faster registration - with a one-stop registration, interview and compliance process, you can start your first shift in as little as ten days
  • Free mandatory training
  • View payments anytime - access payslips and lots more with your secure online personal login

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Role Information 

Profession:

Accident and Emergency Nurse (A&E Nurse)

Governing body: 

NMC

The role:

As part of your role as an A&E nurse, you will be expected to care for and monitor the condition of critically ill patients. Amongst your duties, you will also be responsible for administering medication, assessing patients in time-sensitive situations, documenting medical history and taking blood samples. 

Core skill:
 

You must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience of life in an A&E environment is a must, as are first-rate assessment skills.

In addition, you will also require the following skills:

  • Strong knowledge of human anatomy and the effects of medication
  • Triage care
  • Keen observational skills
  • Decisiveness under pressure
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Vital sign monitoring
  • An understanding of modern technology 

Common working environments: 

As an accident and emergency nurse, you may be required to work in a variety of different areas within a hospital environment including A&E rooms and trauma centres. You can expect to come into contact with patients from all walks of life.  

Typical team set up: 

Your working environment will very much determine your team set up. Typically, you can expect to work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside fellow A&E nurses, consultants, physicians, dietitians and radiographers. You will be expected to work closely with your team to achieve positive results.

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Profession:

ITU Nurse (Intensive Treatment or Therapy Unit) Also known as ICU Nurse (Intensive Care Unit)

Governing body: 

NMC

The role:

As part of your role, you will be expected to care for and monitor the condition of critically ill patients. Amongst your duties, you will also be responsible for administering medication, intravenous insertion, catheter care and liaising with patients’ families on a regular basis. 

Core skill:
 

You must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience of life in an A&E environment is a must, as are first-rate assessment skills.

In addition, you will also require the following skills:

  • Strong knowledge of human anatomy and the effects of medication
  • Keen observational skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Quick decision making
  • Sensitivity and patience
  • Excellent judgement
  • Vital sign monitoring
  • An understanding of modern technology 

Common working environments: 

As an ITU nurse, you may be required to work in a variety of different areas within a hospital environment including medical intensive care units, surgical intensive care units and trauma intensive care units. You can expect to come into contact with patients from all walks of life.  

Typical team set up: 

Your working environment will very much determine your team set up. Typically, you can expect to work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside fellow critical care nurses, consultants, physicians, dietitians and radiographers. You will be expected to work closely with your team to achieve positive results.  

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Profession:

HDU Nurse (High Dependency Unit)

Governing body: 

NMC

The role:

As part of your role, you will be expected to care for and monitor the condition of critically ill patients, often on a one-to-one basis. Amongst your duties, you will also be responsible for aiding patients’ rehabilitation, performing regular health checks, administering treatments, and liaising with patients and their families.

Core skill:
 

You must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience of life in an A&E environment is a must, as are first-rate assessment skills.

In addition, you will also require the following skills:

  • Strong knowledge of human anatomy and the effects of medication
  • Keen observational skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Quick decision making
  • Sensitivity and patience
  • Excellent judgement
  • Vital sign monitoring
  • An understanding of modern technology 

Common working environments: 

As an HDU nurse, you may be required to work in a variety of different areas within a hospital environment including, but not limited to, high dependency units. You can expect to come into contact with patients from all walks of life.  

Typical team set up: 

Your working environment will very much determine your team set up. Typically, you can expect to work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside fellow critical care nurses, consultants, physicians, dietitians and radiographers. You will be expected to work closely with your team to achieve positive results.  

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Contact Our Critical Care Team

Contact our Critical Care Nursing team via email or call 0800 442 207 during office hours to learn more or register your interest. Alternatively, complete the form below:
 

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