Theatre Practitioner (Anaesthetic) – Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford


Role: Theatre Practitioner (Anaesthetic)

Location: Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford


The purpose of the role

The post holder will be based at Phoenix Hospital Group’s (PHG) Chelmsford Hospital Theatres department and will:

  • Be a qualified nurse/ODP registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council/HCPC with an up to date PIN number.
  • Work in according with the NMC Code of Conduct/HCPC Standards of conduct and other professional guidelines.
  • Will assist in the routine daily planning and organisation of the theatres for clinical procedures and practice and participate in the department’s administration as required.
  • Will be responsible for the assessment of care needs, the development of programmes of care and their implementation and evaluation.
  • Will contribute to the overall good of the organisation by being a positive role model and treat all staff, visitors, consultants and service users with courtesy and respect.
  • Will undertake rotation across the specialities to cover the service where acquired skills allow.

About you

We are looking for someone who takes pride in delighting patients through exceptional care. If you take professional satisfaction in feeling proud of your level of first-class service at the end of each day, you may be a good fit, around like-minded colleagues. Being sensitive to patient and consultant needs will be at the core of everything you do.

Core Responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

  • To adhere to the NMC / HCPC Code of Professional Conduct at all times.
  • Maintain the highest standards of individualised nursing/ODP care according to PHG Policies and Practice and Clinical Guidelines.
  • Liaise with colleagues to ensure continuity of clinical practice.
  • Providing assistance to the surgeon/anaesthetist/nursing/ODP colleagues as required.
  • Acting as member of the anaesthetic and recovery team.
  • Co-operating with appropriate theatre staff to ensure correct positioning of patient for operative procedure.
  • Co-operating with appropriate staff to ensure prompt collection and dispatch of specimens.
  • Checking, witnessing and administering controlled drugs.
  • Co-operating with appropriate departmental and ward staff in sending for patients to the operating department and returning patients to their wards.
  • Participating in pre and postoperative visits when required.
  • The post holder will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to use equipment safely and effectively.
  • Promote adherence to and fully engage with the WHO Checklist and 5 Steps to Safer Surgery.

Managerial responsibilities

  • Exercise professional accountability as guided by the NMC Code of Conduct/HCPC Standards of Conduct.
  • Act as an effective role model to student nurses/trainee ODP’s
  • Inform the Team Leader/Theatre Coordinator/Theatre Manager of any activity in the department, which affects patient care.
  • Report all incidents/accidents involving patients, visitors, consultants or staff, in accordance with PHG policy.
  • Report all complaints to the Theatre Manager.  In cases where investigation is required, verbal or written statements and any other evidence, such as copies of documentation, must be provided promptly and professionally.
  • Maintain effective communication with patients, relatives, the multi-disciplinary team, consultants and significant others.
  • Liaise, communicate and negotiate with colleagues of other speciality services and departments to ensure co-operation with achieving objectives, to promote good working relationships and to establish a team spirit.
  • Ensure that nursing procedures and policies are followed.
  • Participate in the induction / orientation of new staff.
  • Assist in providing support, guidance and counselling for trainee ODP’s, student nurses and HCA’s.
  • Demonstrate procedures and supervise qualified and unqualified staff.
  • To use resources both effectively and efficiently
  • Assist in the collection of necessary data using local I.T systems
  • Maintain accurate written documentation in relation to patient care
  • Practice in a cost effective and cost awareness manner
  • Actively participate in departmental audit and improvement planning

Required skills & experience

  • Registered general Nurse or Registered Operating Department Practitioner
  • Demonstrable clinical expertise, relevant to the area / sphere of responsibilities
  • Demonstrable interest in and commitment to the professional development of others.
  • Previous experience of leading change in a clinical environment
  • Experience of working in the independent sector
  • Ability to organise and manage day to day departmental activities and the activities of large multidisciplinary team within this
  • Communication skills – able to relate and communicate with patients and staff at all levels and from different professions. Adapts communication style as necessary and is able to work with and through others
  • Understanding of the issues pertaining to clinical risk management

About us

First and foremost, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional clinical care to all patients, in a very supportive environment.

Phoenix Hospital Group has four sites encompassing two London outpatient centres: 9 Harley Street and 25 Harley Street, and two hospitals: Weymouth Street Hospital (London) and Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford (Essex).

This role is based at Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford. Situated in Great Baddow, it is a modern short stay acute care hospital, registered for elective surgical admissions. The theatre and ward suite comprises 2 theatres with 8 day case units and 2 overnight rooms. The Out Patient services comprise 5 consulting rooms, treatment room and ultrasound room.

If you think you would be a great fit, apply now.


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