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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.