Cardiothoracic Intensive Care


Torrington is a 16 bed specialist Cardiothoracic Intensive Care unit at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. We provide specialist care after various cardiac, thoracic and vascular procedures. This is a friendly, welcoming unit with a team of experienced healthcare professionals delivering high quality, dynamic care in a critical care environment. Ensuring our patients have a positive experience is at the heart of what we do and the multi-disciplinary team work together to ensure patient safety.

The nursing team are dedicated, motivated and committed to delivering the highest standard of post-operative care. Torrington nurses are experienced, knowledgeable and share a passion for cardiac surgery. They have specialist knowledge and skills which is tailored to the needs of our patients. Our nurses have transferable ITU skills and are able to work in all the adult critical care areas in the hospital.

The majority of our work is elective heart surgery, however we are prepared for emergency admissions too. We will look after both our patients and their relatives with the compassion and dignity that they deserve.


Why work for usPhoto of the ward

Torrington is a friendly critical care specialist unit that welcomes all new members of staff into the team and prioritizes education. The education team will ensure that new staff are well supported and given opportunities to progress. All new starters are given a specialized induction programme which runs alongside the trust preceptorship and an extensive period of clinical support. Staff will follow the National Competency Framework for critical care Step 1, as well as have training and competency assessment on specific advanced cardiac therapies.

All nursing staff have access to the Critical Care Modules to gain the 60 credit award and have the opportunity to apply for our two accredited modules; Cardiac Specialist module and Cardiothoracic Surgical Care module.

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