Go to a more accessible version of this jobs board
Please wait, loading

Anaesthetic Work Based Learner Course

Band 5

Main area
Critical Care
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pa
Salary period
15/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Here at University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS),we are looking to recruit enthusiastic, caring and professional Staff Nurses. The course consists of 6 months Anaesthetic training, leading to a career as an Anaesthetic Practitioner, working closely with the Anaesthetist to provide anaesthetic care during the peri-operative period.

The Theatre Department is made up of 27 Operating Theatres and you will have the opportunity to work within multiple specialities including General, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, ENT / Max Fax, Cardiac and Neuro.  The Anaesthetic Team also cover services external to the Theatre Department including Interventional Radiology, CT, MRI and A&E Trauma response.  Our theatres continually demonstrate ongoing excellence of patient care and are fundamentally about helping people to get well.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Prior to the course you will have the opportunity to orientate to the Department and familiarise yourself with the peri-operative environment.  For the first 3 months of the training course you will be supernumerary, working closely with experienced Practitioners.  Following this, if appropriate, you will work with minimum supervision (with dedicated support) to advance and consolidate your skills further before progressing to working solo as an Anaesthetic Practitioner.

The course will combine in-house academic training on a University-accredited course, alongside practical experience with a committed Anaesthetic Team. This is currently offered at Level 6 40credits; we are currently reviewing offering this at MSC level 7 studies.

The programme has core components including theoretical and practical elements that must be completed and passed, in order to begin working as an Anaesthetic Practitioner.

We are looking for a qualified Band 5 Staff Nurses / Theatre Practitioners who are enthusiastic, caring and keen as this course will take 6 months to complete.   

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1st / 2nd Level NMC/HPC-registered Theatre Practitioner
  • If applicable; supervised practice programme to have been undertaken in an acute hospital setting
Desirable criteria
  • Special theatre qualifications


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of working in a team.
  • Logical and consistent work pattern
  • Evidence of continuing personal development.
Desirable criteria
  • Previous theatre experience in recovery, scrub, anaesthetics.
  • Multi skilled desirable

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group.
  • Clear rational for applying for the post.
Desirable criteria
  • Computer skills / word processing, Email.
  • Able to take initiative

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Reliable
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to self motivate.

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Flexible attitude to work patterns, including on calls and night shift in some specialities.

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Mark Harbord
Job title
Team Leader Anaesthetics
Email address
Telephone number
02381 204543

If you have problems applying, contact

If you have problems with the
online application form please contact
Recruitment Support Services
Open Monday to Friday
08:30am to 5:30pm
01629 690826