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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/12/2020.

Lead Nurse for Critical Care

Job Reference: 001-NMR449-1120

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Critical Care
UHW, Cardiff
£53,168 - £62,001 per annum


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (the UHB) is a Smoke Free Health Board. Smoking is banned across all of the UHB sites. Staff are therefore not able to smoke in the hospital grounds or on any other UHB premises.

The UHB reserves the right to close this vacancy after 24 hours if a large number of suitable applications are received. Therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration for this post.

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We are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We welcome applications from everyone and actively seek a diverse range of applicants. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential no matter their disability, sex, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity or marriage and civil partnership status.

Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and dedicated individual to lead the nursing team to deliver the nursing agenda for Critical Care at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. This is a key position, providing strong, visible leadership and ensuring the professional development of nursing within the Critical Care services, supporting the highly specialised nursing workforce and improving the overall operational performance.

The post holder will be professionally accountable to the Director of Nursing for Specialist Services Clinical Board and will be responsible for the professional direction of Nursing/Clinical services within the Directorate ensuring optimum standards of patient care via the effective and efficient management of human, financial and physical resources.

The post holder will be a key member of the Directorate Management Team. A key priority for the successful candidate will be to provide nursing leadership and expert nursing advice to the Clinical Director and General Manager and will support the Clinical Board Director of Nursing in developing and implementing the Clinical Board’s Nursing and Midwifery Strategy.

Applicants should have experience of working in a large Directorate and have evidence of being able to deliver across all areas of performance in this challenging environment. He/she must possess excellent communication skills, as a key aspect of this role will be influencing and working with other colleagues, Directorates, Clinical Boards and external stakeholders in the development of new services and initiatives.

We are searching for someone who shares our values that:

  • We care about the people we serve and the people we work with
  • We trust one another
  • We respect each other
  • We take personal responsibility
  • We treat people with kindness
  • We act with integrity

This is a significant role, with 328 WTE nurses/HCSWs in the establishment. The Critical Care Directorate encompasses a 36 bedded General Critical Care Unit, Long Term Ventilation beds, an 18 bedded High Care Neurosciences Unit and a 6 bedded Post Anaesthetic Care Unit. Across these departments the patient cohort consists of advanced respiratory patients requiring mechanical ventilation, renal, neurology and neurosurgery patients. The Directorate also provides specialist care for spinal and polytrauma patients, and high risk surgical patients. As a tertiary service the Critical Care Directorate engages with and provides care for patients from other Health Boards across Wales. Current key projects underway include the expansion of bed numbers in line with demand,the launch of the new Major Trauma Centre, and an evolving outreach service.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a service transformation at a pivotal time for both nursing and critical care.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Closing date: 7th December 2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information please contact:

Claire Main, Interim General Manager for Critical Care and Major Trauma Directorate on 02920745069, or

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