Becoming a theatre or critical care nurse

Our critical care department is one of the largest in the UK with over 90 beds. As a tertiary referral centre it is internationally renowned for the service it provides. We currently employ nurses for many different specialties of critical care and theatre nursing. View our current vacancies.

Developing your theatre or critical care career

Theatre staff

Being a part of our team gives you the opportunity to be part of an innovative area of nursing and to develop advanced nursing skills. The wide variety of services we provide gives our nurses the opportunity for secondments to a range of work areas. All nurses also have the opportunity for clinical and academic study courses as well as intermediate life support and renal training.

Nursing jobs: theatre nurse

As a theatre nurse you will be able to gain anaesthetic, scrub and recovery nursing skills - supported by a specialist course. We have fantastic facilities at both Guy's and St Thomas' and Evelina London Children's Hospital to enable us to deliver challenging and interesting surgery. There are plans to build a further five operating theatres at St Thomas' in the next two years.

Your roleCritical care theatre staff

You will work in our theatres as a scrub nurse or anaesthetic assistant. This includes assisting in surgery and anaesthetics and performing your role as an integral member of our surgical team. The areas that you could work in include the surgical admissions lounge, main theatres, recovery or day surgery.

Your opportunities

We have 14 main operating theatres at Guy's Hospital and 12 main theatres at St Thomas', covering a wide range of specialties. There are also two day surgery units, one at each hospital. Our nurses are encouraged to rotate through the department and many staff are now generic practitioners in scrub, recovery and anaesthetics. 

Our cardiac and vascular theatre suite consists of four traditional theatres and a hybrid theatre. We operate on both adult and paediatric cardiac cases including adults with congenital cardiac disorders. When additional theatres are built there will be a second hybrid theatre added.

There are currently five operating theatres at Evelina London Children's Hospital, though plans are in place to increase this number. Within the recovery unit we are aiming to provide a bespoke paediatric recovery course, which is currently unavailable nationally.

There are opportunities for all paediatric theatre staff to rotate to adult areas if they wish but also to work on the wards of Evelina London whilst either on a course or to broaden their paediatric knowledge and experience.

Nursing jobs: clinical nurse specialist

We have clinical nurse specialist roles in a number of teams.

Your roleLane Fox team

As part of the team you will work with the critical care consultant/specialist registrar in the assessment and management of critically ill ward patients.

Critical care nursing offers multiple opportunities for career development in clinical specialist roles, nurse management and leadership roles as well as audit and research.

Nurses can choose to work in any of our units and can develop specialist clinical skills such as advanced respiratory support including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)  - the most advanced form of respiratory/cardiac support. We are one of only five commissioned ECMO centres in the country.

Your opportunities

Our nurses receive multiple training opportunities with formal courses and in-house development programmes. There will soon be opportunities to develop advanced nurse practitioner skills and work with the critical care response team.

We plan to open a refurbished 20-bed facility combining our existing medical and surgical high dependency areas and doubling our capacity. 

We will provide you with the knowledge and skills that you require to manage these challenging patients using a combination of theoretical and practical teaching sessions supported by a competency-based training programme.

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