SA-0127
Depending on experience

Our Client prides themselves on providing outstanding patient care. Their flagship outpatient, dental, physio and diagnostic facility based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, features state-of-the-art equipment and an exceptional, quality environment for patients and staff. 

Presently, they are putting the finishing touches to their brand new Ambulatory Surgical Unit which is due to open shortly and will have a 9 bedded day case ward. 

We are working with this prestigious Healthcare Provider to find an experienced and qualified theatre practitioner for their new ASU which will have 2 operating theatres. . This is an amazing opportunity to join a brand new team. If you are passionate about patient care and are focussed on delivering the high standard of care, then this is the role for you.

 

Applicants must have either a Nursing or Operating Department Practitioner qualification.

 

The Role:

  • To act as an anaesthetic and recovery practitioner and ensure safe, effective and evidence-based care is consistently delivered.
  • To work closely with the multidisciplinary team to achieve/maintain an outstanding, patient-focused service.

 

Requirements

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

General

  • To ensure all patients are treated with dignity, respect and equality.
  • To ensure peri-operative theatre practice is consistent with national and local standards.
  • To ensure all patient records and associated documentation is accurate, contemporaneous, complete and processed as per OSD Healthcare requirements.
  • To ensure all infection, prevention and control policies and procedures are adhered to and that all steps are taken to minimise the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
  • To assist in the maintenance of a safe and healthy environment.
  • To assist with departmental audits.
  • To provide regular feedback regarding all aspects of the operative service to the Anaesthetics and Recovery Lead Practitioner, highlighting any issue that may impact on the continued delivery of a high-quality service.

Clinical

  • To participate in the theatre team briefing to discuss and agree with the requirements for the surgical list.
  • To ensure robust patient safety checks (WHO) are consistently completed as per OSDH policy.
  • To participate in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based, individualised patient care.
  • To deliver planned care for a group of patients without direct supervision.
  • To ensure patients are effectively monitored and that appropriate action is taken to manage any arising complication.
  • To work in partnership with the anaesthetists and be able to discuss/challenge any existing practices which could impact on patient safety and/or standards of care.
  • To work collaboratively with the theatre team and clinical departments to ensure good communication and a coordinated approach to patient pathways.
  • To hold responsibility for the correct administration and custody of medicines according to OSDH policy.
  • To respond calmly to emergency situations, maintaining patient safety and seeking immediate support, and supporting the patient, family and other staff as required.
  • To communicate effectively with patients/relatives/carers and all members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To ensure equipment is in good working order and immedicably remove/report if found to be defective.

Anaesthetics

  • To assemble, check and prepare the appropriate anaesthetic equipment, emergency drugs and consumables for a wide range of operative procedures incorporating various types of anaesthesia.
  • To conduct mandatory patient safety checks in conjunction with the team and according to policy, including ‘pause’ prior to administration of regional anaesthesia.
  • To assist the anaesthetist throughout the peri-operative phase of care.
  • To assist the anaesthetist in monitoring the patient’s condition throughout the procedure, taking appropriate action to manage any arising complications through contingency planning.
  • To work as part of the operating team to provide safe quality care to the patient throughout the procedure.

Recovery

  • To assemble, prepare and check the appropriate recovery equipment, consumables and drugs to ensure appropriate and safe care of the patient during an immediate post-operative phase of care.
  • To coordinate the use of supplies and additional equipment during the immediate post-operative phase of care ensuring the equipment is used appropriately and safely.
  • To assist the anaesthetist during the immediate post-operative phase of care as and when required.
  • To monitor the patient’s condition throughout the recovery phase of care, taking appropriate action to manage any arising complications through contingency planning.
  • To proactively monitor the patient’s level of discomfort/pain and take appropriate action to ensure the patient is comfortable.

Benefits 

pension, eye care vouchers, discount on high street retailers/Bourne Leisure Holidays/Snow Centre (Hemel Hempstead)/local gym/Hollywood Bowl discount, EAP Service (Health Assured) and staff health membership scheme (with free GP/dental appointments.) There is also free parking on site.