University Hospital of Wales Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Guideline Printed on Wed 23-jul-08
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University Hospital of Wales Heath Park
Cardiff
CF14 4XW
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Nursing in Cardiff PICU

The first ever Paediatric Intensive Care in Wales opened on the 9th March 2001.The unit is the designated lead centre PICU for South and West Wales. This means that we have exciting opportunities for enthusiastic and motivated nurses to join the team and participate in the service and develop themselves.

Funding has been released and planning is underway for a 14 bedded Paediatric Critical Care Unit which will be located in 2nd phase of the new Children's Hospital for Wales. The unit will have state of the art facilities and incorporate both the PICU and PHDU, working as an integrated Paediatric Critical Care Service. This will enable us to continue providing a quality service to all children requiring critical care in Wales, offering many of the most advanced therapies available at the Lead Centre.

There is an ongoing nurse rotation between the PIC and PHDU and the Clinical Nurse Leader works across both areas. In addition to this we have a practice development nurse who works across the service.

Our nursing team is divided into three multidisciplinary teams, with each team leader facilitating and supporting you in your personal development in line with the KSF and Trust Performance Framework. The unit does internal rotation and works a twelve hour shift system. We have an electronic rostering programme which allows flexibility and ensures equality to all staff. It also provides an accurate record of training undertaken, annual leave etc.

Supporting our staff in this busy and intense environment is very important and within the Directorate we have a Clinical Psychologist focusing on staff support. We care for all specialisms other than children requiring cardiac surgery. Experienced nurses in the team have the opportunity to train in the skills required to provide retrieval through provision of an in house competency based programme. We also provide Haemofiltration and High frequency Oscillation on the unit. Nurses with advanced qualifications are part of the hospital resuscitation team and go to any paediatric emergency. As the only lead centre in Wales, strong nursing practice links are made with lead centres elsewhere in the UK. This enhances our professional practice and development, allowing individuals to stretch the boundaries of their professional role.