Working in Critical Care

We provide care to critically ill patients across two sites, Royal Preston Hospital (28 beds) and Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital (4 beds). It is an exciting time to be joining our team. We have recently secured funding for an expansion and refurbishment of the Critical Care Unit. As well as increasing our capacity at Preston to 34 beds, it will provide us with a unit that will improve facilities for patients, relatives and staff alike.

We are one of the largest Critical Care Units in the North West of England, admitting around 1600 patients every year. We provide tertiary neuro-critical care, major trauma, and vascular services for the 1.5 million people living in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Royal Preston Hospital is one of only 22 adult major trauma centres in England. The Critical Care Unit manages approximately 100 seriously injured polytrauma patients a year. Consequently we have developed robust traumatic brain injury and polytrauma guidelines which assist the critical care team with the delivery of consistently high quality care to this complex group of patients.

We have made huge leaps forward in digital maturity over the last three years. We were the first area to start using an electronic patient record and our templates will be used throughout our hospitals. Our nursing staff are superusers for other departments and our junior doctors were essential in testing and developing the system.

Our work was recognised when we won the Trust Quality Award in 2016. The hospital has also been ranked number one on the NHS Clinical Digital Maturity Index Acute rankings in August 2017, and awarded “Excellent in Informatics” at the Skills Development Network and a Level 5 HIMSS.

We are actively involved in national research for trauma, having previously been a recruiting site for the Eurotherm and Ordit studies, and are currently recruiting for studies such as Crash 3 and Cryostat 2.


The Critical Care service is provided at both Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital in the heart of central Lancashire.

Best city in the North West

Preston is the best city in the North West in which to live and work, according to a national study of the UK’s largest cities that measures economic success, personal and family wellbeing. Preston has become the retail, commercial and cultural capital of the county, with a vibrant city centre.

For those keen on outdoor pursuits Preston is home to Guild Wheel, a 21 mile ‘Greenway’ suitable for cyclists and walkers. The Brockholes nature reserve is a haven for wildlife and great day out for families.

Lancashire is a diverse county, from the sweeping coastline in the west and famous seaside attractions of Blackpool, to areas of outstanding natural beauty and picturesque countryside of the Ribble Valley, and historic Lancaster, home to a medieval castle, and thriving culture and arts scene.

A beacon for foodies, there are bustling local markets, gastropubs, artisan producers and Michelin starred restaurants.

Lancashire is the perfect location from which to visit the attractions of the North West and beyond, with a great motorway network and rail links. The Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Manchester and Liverpool are on the doorstep, and Scotland and London a train journey away.

Lancashire has many outstanding schools, and a wide range of housing options from new build parkland executive houses to barn conversions, farmhouses, and many period properties.

It’s a wonderful place to live, and the Critical Care Unit at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals is a great place to work.

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