General Critical Care


General Critical Care (GCC) at UHCW is both an exciting and challenging place to work due to the complex and specialist needs of our patients.

Our patient base is very diverse, with elective or emergency admissions including:

  • Polytrauma patients from around the region as UHCW is a level 1 major trauma centre.
  • Patients requiring neuro radiological interventions, as UHCW is a regional centre for neurosurgery.
  • Surgical, Medical, orthopaedic and Obstetric patients.

The GCC unit has thirty beds and manages over 1600 admissions per year. Critical Care is an excellent learning environment and a very rewarding place to work.  We have a team in excess of 150 nurses who all strive to provide the best possible evidence based care for our patients and support to their loved ones.  

As a new member of staff working in General Critical Care, a nurse commencing with us will be offered the following support:

  • 4-6 weeks supernummery period to work with numerous members of the nursing team to gain experience before being the named nurse for the patient
  • A mentor to support you, set unit objectives and personal objectives
  • 6 monthly review of objectives with a named member of the development team
  • Clinical Supervision sessions with your named professional development sister
  • Complete workbook “Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care” which is transferable between Critical Care Units
  • Complete an in-house study course called “Boot camp” to learn about caring for a critically ill patient
  • Complete a four day study course on caring for High Dependency Patients.
  • Affiliation with the local University for post-graduate courses.
  • Advanced study days and simulation training when more experienced.

Progression opportunities in the future such as becoming link cascade trainer, becoming members of the nurse led Bereavement or Follow up service, internal promotion.

General Critical Care is a great learning environment, where growth and development will be supported, developed and enhanced.

For more information about working in this speciality or to arrange an informal visit contact:

Isatu Kargbo - Modern Matron -