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Staff Info

Here is just a small sample of the many dedicated staff who help to care for patients in our ICU.

If you are a healthcare professional working elsewhere, enjoy a challenge and think you might be interested in joining our team, then please click here to contact us, we would love to meet you.

Leadership team

Advanced critical care practitioners

Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCPs) are clinical professionals that form part of the multidisciplinary team responsible for patient care during their critical care admission. They are highly experienced and educated practitioners who have developed their skills and theoretical knowledge to a very high standard. They are empowered to makehigh-level clinical decisions to ensure that patients receive timely, personal, and effective care.

Clinical Psycology

A stay in Critical Care can be a frightening experience, and can have short and long term impacts upon emotional wellbeing for patients and their friends and family. The Clinical Psychology Service provides input at bedside to patients and relatives during their critical care stay, and on occasion when patients are transferred to wards within UHW and UHL. The service forms part of the overall multidisciplinary approach to provide care and rehabilitation. Please see our additional leaflets and useful links. In addition the Consultant Clinical Psychologist provides a service to staff, improving their skills in psychological care of patients and harnessing their resilience to work well in a sometimes challenging environment.

Clinical Fellows

Communication, audit and IT

Consultants

Consultants are doctors highly trained in critical care medicine and referred to as Intensivists. They are specialists who have completed advanced training in intensive care medicine and sometimes a related speciality such as respiratory medicine, anaesthetics or emergency medicine. They are responsible for coordination of patient care in the ICU and will consult with other specialists.

Dieticians

If you experience a life-threatening illness or injury, your nutritional needs will change. Your critical care dietitian will make sure you get the right amount of nutrition, at the right time and in the right way, to support your recovery. They can also advise you on eating and drinking well after you leave intensive care.

Nursing Leadership

Outreach

The Critical Care Outreach Service is a nurse-led service that supports ward nurses and doctors who are caring for acutely ill in-patients. The team are all highly experienced, critical care trained nurses who have also undergone advanced training in patient examination and diagnostics.

Pharmacists

Critical care pharmacists play an essential role in medication safety and patient safety as part of multidisciplinary ward rounds.

Physiotherapy

The Critical Care Physiotherapists are an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team. They are an highly motivated and dedicated team, whose unique skills and expertise qualify them to work with the assessment and management of the numerous conditions we treat, in an evidence based way. These include respiratory failure, physical deconditioning, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. Along with the acute respiratory conditions associated with critical illness, patients frequently suffer long-term physical complications. In patients mechanically ventilated for more than 7 days around 25% will display significant muscle weakness, and approximately 90% of long-term ICU survivors will have ongoing muscle weakness. Prolonged stays in the intensive care unit are also associated with impaired quality of life, functional decline and increased morbidity and mortality. The physiotherapy team individually tailor and deliver treatment plans to treat respiratory conditions, prevent and treat physical deconditioning and provide holistic rehabilitation. The team is also actively involved in research, both in conjunction with the Critical Care research team and Cardiff University. Their main areas of interest are the use of performance markers and the prediction and treatment of critical care associated weakness.

Research Team

Clinical research play a vital role in helping to care for the sickest patients in hospital. It is the only evidence-based method of deciding whether a new approach to treatment or care is better than the current standard. Our team help improve the ways that patients are diagnosed, treated, and cared for. Clinical research nurses play a vital role in delivering this clinical research, and ultimately improving patient care and treatment pathways.

Speech and language therapy

The role of speech and language therapy services in critical care is to assess and manage the range of speech, swallowing and cognitive impairments that patients experience following critical illness, trauma, major surgery or long term decline. They have the skills and knowledge to help diagnose and  facilitate rehabilitation. We play an integral role in tracheostomy weaning as part of the multi-disciplinary team. Increasing evidence supports early speech and language therapy assessment and intervention in a multidisciplinary setting to improve health outcomes. Positive impacts include earlier facilitation of speech and safe commencement of oral intake which can help to prevent complications, improve mood and support a reduction to length of stay in ICU.

Technicians

Critical care technologists make sure equipment used in the care of critically ill patients is safe and effective. They play an essential role in the safe transport of patients, assist in medical procedures and collect important data to help patient care.

Are you interested in joining our team?

We are always pleased to hear from nursing staff who are interested in pursuing a career in Critical Care nursing. If you are a student and considering an elective placement in Cardiff or are already qualified and would just like to spend a ‘taster day’ with us to see if a career in Intensive Care Medicine is for you, please get in touch here.