Theatre Practitioner Anesthetics

Job Category: Nursing
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: United Kingdom

To act as an Anesthetic Practitioner and under supervision and guidance, provide and maintain a high standard of care for patients undergoing surgical intervention. The post holder will be committed to provide research and evidence based practice, demonstrating a professional approach whilst working as part of a multi-disciplinary professional team. The post holder will be expected to work a shift pattern that includes days, late shifts, weekends, on calls and nights. The post holder may also be required to travel and work across all three sites.



Salary Band:
Band 5

Accountable To:
Clinical Theatre Lead

Line Manager:
Principal Operating Department Practitioner

Key Result Areas/Responsibilities:

  • Check designated anesthetic equipment and areas are functioning appropriately and ready for use, preparing equipment according to the demands of the operating list for both elective and non-elective cases.
  • To be able to interpret the needs of the anesthetist when dealing with emergency situations that can arise during anesthesia and surgery.
  • To safeguard patients at all times e.g. Maintenance of airway, vital signs monitoring and safe transfer/positioning of patient.
  • To be able to plan, implement and evaluate peri operative care in conjunction with the multi- disciplinary team to ensure the safe wellbeing of the patient.
  • To participate in the provision of emergency services as required (e.g. on calls/weekends and nights).
  • Act as a member of the cardiac arrest/trauma/transfer team giving assistance where needed.
  • To act as a Recovery Practitioner when required i.e. out of hours and short staffing.
  • To be responsible for the checking and checking in of controlled drugs and ensure that all policies and procedures are adhered to according to local policies.
  • Promote effective team work within the theatres to ensure safe wellbeing of the patient.
  • Act as a buddy/mentor to junior members of staff/new starters in the department.
  • Assist with theatre projects to enhance and develop patient care, including audit, risk management and infection control.

Customer Care for Patients and/or Service Users:
Ensure all care is performed and carried out in line with HCPC/NMC code of professional conduct.


  • Ensure all communication is provided in a clear and concise manner at all times.
  • To ensure that effective communication takes place within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To discuss any ideas or changes with the Principal ODP.
  • To report to the Principal ODP any complaints, shortages or defects pertaining to anesthetic drugs, equipment or supplies.

Planning & Organization:
In conjunction with the Team leader, plan the daily caseload of patients in a safe and effective manner, ensuring optimal and effective utilization of the theatre list.
Identify learning opportunities for junior team members to develop clinical skills.

Budgetary and Resource Management:

  • Although no budgetary control, must be able to provide effective and efficient use of all resources, highlighting deficits to the Team Leader.
  • Support any new trials of new clinical consumables and equipment, actively participating in feedback to help decision making on the new products.
  • Provide effective communication and feedback to the procurement team in theatre.
  • Staff Management
  • Assist the team leader in supervising the team on a daily basis, giving direction to junior members of staff to promote an effective service.
  • Act as a role model, assist in the orientation of new members of staff as required.
  • Refer any concerns to the Principal Operating Department Practitioner in relation to performance, attendance or conduct of any staff members.
  • In exceptional circumstances take charge of the theatre in the absence of the senior members of the team.

Teaching, Training And Research Responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for your own personal development including attending regular courses, teaching sessions and reading of journals.
  • To ensure that your portfolio is up to date according to HCPC/NMC code of professional conduct.
  • To participate in clinical audits when required to do so.
  • Ensure all training and development for self and others team members has been supported by the Practice Development Lead for theatres and in line with designated current national and local theatre policies and procedures.

Trust Values:
Our values help us in what we do and how we do it. It is important that you understand and use these values throughout your employment with the Trust to define and develop our culture.
The post holder will be :-

  • Compassionate, caring about our patients.
  • Accountable and responsible, always looking to improve.
  • Respectful for all and show integrity in everything.
  • Encouraging and challenging each other to always do our best.

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