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Theatre Practitioner

We have an opportunity for a Theatre Practitioner to join our clients team in Northampton area.

This is a FULL time role for 37.5 hours a week. The role holder will be required to cover a flexible shift pattern. Shifts will cover Monday-Saturday 8am - 8pm.

Role Purpose:

To support, coordinate and actively assist in the management and organisation of care provision within the Operating Department while managing a delegated team.

Provide quality planned care for patients during their preoperative phase of care by ensuring all team members deliver quality patient care by providing appropriate clinical and managerial leadership.

Core Responsibilities:

Assist in the delivery of patient care

Contribute to quality improvement

Develop and enhance the skills and knowledge of others and self

Promote best evidence based practice within own scope of practice

Apply legislation, policies and procedures correctly.

Respect the patients dignity, privacy, wishes and beliefs.

Key Accountabilities:

Assemble, prepare and check the appropriate recovery equipment, consumables and drugs to ensure appropriate and safe care of the patient during the immediate post operative phase of care

Assemble, check and prepare the appropriate anaesthetic, surgical and recovery equipment, drugs and consumables for a wide range of operative procedures incorporating various types of anaesthesia.

The ability to coordinate the use of the supplies and equipment during an operating list and in the immediate post-operative phase of care ensuring the equipment is used in an appropriate and safe manner

Conduct mandatory patient checks including informed consent, patients identity and operative site against the supporting documentation, prior to the start of the anaesthetic and prior to the start of the procedure.

Complete mandatory surgical checks prior to the start of the procedure, during and pre-wound closure

Assist the anaesthetist throughout the preoperative phase on care and during the immediate postoperative phase of care as required.

Assist the anaesthetist in monitoring the patients condition throughout the procedure and in the immediate postoperative phase of care. Taking appropriate action to manage any arising complications through contingency planning.

Proactively monitor the patients level of discomfort/pain and take appropriate actions to ensure the patient is comfortable.

Administer drugs and fluids to the appropriate GHG policy

Communicate appropriately with others involved in the care of the patient

Monitor, order, receive and check stock items including consumables, equipment and drugs.

Ensure any accidents or complaints are fully documented and that the appropriate manager is informed, where appropriate commence the investigation.

Complete all written documentation in a timely manor and to an acceptable level.

Act as a role model and mentor to junior staff providing advice and support to others

Enable and encourage team members to expand and develop their own competencies within the patients preoperative phase of care

Make the theatre manager aware of business improvement opportunities, be they via improved workforce planning or resource management. Ensuring existing resources are used to maximum effect

Assist in the allocation of work to others, which makes optimum use of colleagues abilities while providing learning opportunities.

Actively contribute to changes in practice and policies when the need for change has arisen, which may follow an audit, complaint or newly issued guidance.

Promote and ensure an environment conducive to the continuing prevention and control of infection for all staff, patients and visitors.

Be aware of and comply with all infection prevention and control policies and ensure best practice is maintained to ensure low infection rates.

Key Performance Indicators:

Consultant satisfaction

Patient satisfaction

Clinical quality indicators (such as infection rates)

Knowledge / Skills / Qualifications:

Registered Practitioner with NMC or HPC registration

Approved/recognised anaesthetic course.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Ability to support and lead a team

Experience of applying clinical reasoning skills across a range and varied patient case mix and competent across a range of skills

Evidence of working in partnership with Consultants to explore and challenge existing practices while maintaining and enhancing services and standards.

Orthopaedic an advantage

ENB 998 and/or mentorship course and/or D32/33/A1 (desirable)

ILS (desirable)

ALS (desirable)

External Advanced Scrub Practitioner Qualification (desirable)

If you are interested in this role or any others the please contact Graham on 01908 382503 / 07769174751 or email me at

Location: Northampton | Salary: £36000 per year | Job Type: Permanent | Posted: 08/01/2018