The staff of the Critical Care Directorate at Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust would like to welcome you and hope you enjoy working as part of our team, caring for the critically ill patient.


We aim to create an atmosphere for students, which is relaxed, supportive and stimulating. We hope that you develop some useful skills and gain knowledge that will benefit your future practice during your allocation.


This is a supernumerary placement and as such you are not expected to be responsible for the care of any patients. However with the support and supervision of qualified staff you have the opportunity to participate in the care of critically ill patients and their families. This is intended to give you more freedom to learn and practice without the pressure and responsibility of a mandatory workload.


By the end of your placement we hope you will have gained an insight into the functioning of intensive and high dependency care and the role they play in caring for critically ill patients.


The ITU/HDU/Pain Clinic Matron is Maxine Hardy

The Senior Matron is Dawn Handley


The Intensive Therapy unit and High Dependency unit are well sign posted from the main entrance. As the units are classed as a high security area the main doors to the units are kept locked so you will need to ring the bell on arrival and have identification available.


Changing rooms are situated on the units. Valuables should be kept on your person, as lockers are not always available.

The following graphic represents the nursing procedures that will be encountered in this placement area, according to the Annexe B section of the Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018).


Green: Encountered frequently/daily

Amber: Encountered occasionally/rarely

Red: Never encountered

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