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Senior Anaesthetic Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Theatre and Anaesthetics
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
12/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We have an excellent and exciting opportunity for you to join our dynamic team as a Band 6 Senior Anaesthetic Practitioner at the University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). There are 4 full time positions available for this post, 3 permanent and 1 on a 6-month fixed term contract.


We are a Major Trauma Centre with 29 operating theatres covering multiple specialities including Orthopaedics, ENT and Max Fac, Thoracic, HPB, Urology, Vascular, Cardiac and Neurosurgery. Six of our theatres cater various services to children of all ages as part of our dedicated Children's Hospital. During 2021 we will expand into 4 further theatres including a hybrid MRI / theatre.
The anaesthetic team also cover services external to the Theatre Department; these include Interventional Radiology, CT, MRI, Cardiac Catheter Labs, Neuro Angiography, Thrombectomy suite and A&E Trauma response.

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


You will be responsible for assisting the Team Leaders in the management of the 24-hour service, ensuring high standards of patient care, act as a role model and patients advocate using the NMC/ HCPC Professional Code of Conduct as the basis for your professional practice.

You will be supporting the team to review and evolve clinical practices and pathways of care. The post holder will have a pivotal role within the anaesthetic service, working collaboratively with their Team leaders, their Band 6 Colleagues, Matron and Anaesthetist Clinical Lead. You will have opportunities to deputize into Lead Practitioner role.


You will act as patient advocate in maintaining high standards of patient care, appropriate to the age of the patient, where relevant and ensuring that patient objectives are achieved using a systematic approach to patient care.

Clinical Governance

You will be involved in planning and initiating changes for enhancing patient care using evidence- based practice and judgemental skills.

You will instigate/assist in audits of clinical practice, policies, equipment and procedures.

Leadership / Management

You will lead and delegate work within a team of staff, recognising and utilising members of the team’s skills effectively through appropriate work assignment, decision-making authority, and responsibility

You will monitor the provision of resources and equipment and ensure that discrepancies are rectified, with due regard to cost-effectiveness and efficiency of the service

HR & Education/ Training

You will facilitate teaching, supporting and mentoring for all grades of staff, continuous assessment of practice for learners and the assessment of competence

You will conduct performance appraisals of staff grades below Band 6.

Centre-Block Theatre Co-ordinator Role

You will coordinate all theatre activity on all sites and is the central point of contact both within theatres and from outside the department.

You will optimise effective service in all areas by re-allocation of staff to cover workload/numbers/skill mix, utilising all available expertise.


We are looking for applicants with significant experience of caring for patients throughout their operative journey, as well as experience of managing staff, budget management experience and involvement with change projects. You should be energetic, forward thinking and demonstrate sound, innovative leadership styles and skills in an evolving environment. Excellent communication, decision making, and motivation skills are key qualities and attributes to possess alongside a “can do” attitude. You will need to demonstrate a continuing professional development and a strong commitment to developing others and have an understanding of how to improve and provide safe, quality care for patients and their relatives.


Interviews will be held on Thursday, 22 April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1 st level NMC/HCPC registered theatre practitioner
  • With supervised practice programme to have been undertaken in an acute hospital setting.
  • Recognised teaching/mentoring qualification
  • Management training course and /or formal management qualification


Essential criteria
  • Relevant anaesthetic theatre/speciality experience consolidated at Band 5
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Logical & consistent work and career
  • Evidence of management/leadership experience
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in more than one area/specialty
  • Experience of leading change in a clinical environment
  • Demonstrable interest in and commitment to the professional development of others


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Able to use IT for word processing and e-mail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to prioritise & deliver agreed objectives
  • Evidence of Influencing and negotiating skills
  • Evidence of working under pressure
Desirable criteria
  • MS Office user
  • Evidence of problem solving
  • Evidence of utilising resources available

Special Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexible hours and fulfil service requirements, including; Weekends, nights, bank holidays and on call duties/shifts as required
  • Reliable
  • Pleasant disposition
  • Ability to motivate, delegate and be a team player
  • Assertive
  • Evidence of personal input towards effective teamwork
  • Ability work with multidisciplinary team
  • Good self-awareness
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations
  • Able to demonstrate effective work/life balance
  • Demonstrate ability to maintain professional/personal boundaries
  • Interest in research to promote good practice

Trust values

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values  Patients First  Always Improving  Working Together
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Applicant requirements

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.

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Ralph Jose
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