A day in the life: CCU nursing

We have the only CCU rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC in London, and a team of critical care nurses who are highly trained to help care for some of our most unwell patients

Zoë Bullock , Senior Staff Nurse, Critical Care Unit

Cancer nursing at The Royal Marsden can offer a variety of opportunities for staff with different levels of experience. I have been working in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) since completing the specialised rotation programme offered at The Royal Marsden.

Through completing the programme I increased my love for oncology nursing, and I wanted to remain in an acute setting after previously working in a busy cardiothoracic setting. I loved how CCU allowed me to combine the two areas of interest.

I feel that to be a good CCU nurse you need compassion to deal with very unwell patients and their families, especially as some patients may have treatments for a number of years. You also need assertiveness to have the confidence to make quick decisions as a patient's condition can change quickly. You're always really supported by all members of staff, with no day being the same. It is incredible to be in this environment caring for these patients.

The Royal Marsden’s CCU has 16 beds which is one of the largest Specialised Cancer CCU in Europe and the only one in London rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC. Many of our patients are often admitted following major surgery or for the management of their underlying health conditions, cancer or cancer related treatment.  CCU is an umbrella term for two types of patients: the intensive care patients who require one to one care and multi organ support and high dependency patients who are at less risk and require two to one ratio care.

I feel very fortunate to work at The Royal Marsden. It offers brilliant career progression and opportunities driven by excellent leadership by our fellow nursing managers, and I truly love where I work

I feel very fortunate to work at The Royal Marsden - an 'Outstanding' hospital. It offers brilliant career progression and excellent leadership by our nursing managers. I truly love where I work!

Zoë Bullock, Senior Staff Nurse, CCU

The Royal Marsden’s CCU has 16 beds, which makes it one of the largest in Europe.

Our patients are often admitted following major surgery or for the management of underlying health conditions, cancer or cancer-related treatment. The CCU is the umbrella term for two types of patients: the intensive care patients who require one-to-one care, and high-dependency patients who are less at risk need two-to-one care.

I feel very fortunate to work at The Royal Marsden as it offers good career progression and excellent leadership by some of our nursing managers.