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Anaesthetic Associate Trainee

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Department of Anaesthesia at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust wishes to expand its existing team of Anaesthesia Associates, by appointing two highly motivated, proactive individuals who wish to train and qualify as Anaesthesia Associates. The standards of training are high and demanding on individuals to ensure a high calibre of Anaesthesia Associate graduate.

The role is being offered on an Annexe 21 basis, Band 7. This equates to 65% top step point of Band 7 for months 1-3 of the post, 70% top step point Band 7 for months 4-15 and 75% top step point of Band 7 for months 16 - 27. Following qualification in month 27, the post holder will be paid at the entry step point of Band 7.

If you have any queries about training as an Anaesthesia Associate, please visit and . Alternatively, please contact the Department of Anaesthesia with any queries relating to the posts.

Main duties of the job

The Anaesthesia Associate training programme is a 27-month full-time course, which culminates in the award of a Postgraduate Diploma by the University of Birmingham. The training programme comprises 24 months academic study and clinical training, followed by supervised clinical practice in the final three months. During this time, the post holder should develop their knowledge and skills by attendance at learning events, and should apply that knowledge to supporting safe anaesthesia delivery.

You will develop skills in pain management, ultrasound, vascular access, emergency airway management and deep sedation. Upon qualification and satisfactory performance, we anticipate that the post-holders would continue in a permanent Anaesthesia Associate post at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The post will be challenging and varied, and it is envisaged that the scope of practice will broaden considerably over the coming years.

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

About us

The Department of Anaesthesia at Nottingham University Hospitals provides in-patient and day-case anaesthetic services for a comprehensive range of elective and emergency surgical and non-surgical specialities at the City and QMC campuses. This work is supported by the Pre-operative Assessment and Acute Pain services. At the QMC campus, we also provide anaesthetic services for the Major Trauma service and Emergency Department.

Nottingham University Hospitals is one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country. We are a large, complex, person-centred organisation with an excellent national and international reputation for the quality of patient care, research, education and innovation. For more information about the Trust, visit our website.

Some of the benefits of working for our organisation include:
  • Flexible working
  • Opportunities for to be innovative/creative in the workplace
  • Friendly and supportive work colleagues within the team
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Cycle to work and travel

Job description

Job responsibilities

Role & responsibilities:

As this is a training post, some of the mentioned duties/responsibilities and skills will be developed or reinforced throughout training. We would expect the candidate to fulfil the core content by the end or shortly after qualification.
  • To develop your knowledge throughout the programme of the syllabus by attendance at learning events, and to apply that knowledge to supporting safe anaesthesia delivery.
  • The post holder will be accountable for their own professional actions whilst working under the supervision of consultant anaesthetists. On qualification, the Anaesthesia Associate is required to register on the managed Voluntary Register of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. It is anticipated that regulation of Anaesthesia Associates will fall within the remit of the General Medical Counsel (GMC) from late 2023.
  • To develop and improve services, e.g. by participation in audit, divisional meetings, and CPD.
  • To promote peoples equality, diversity and rights.
  • To assess and address peoples health and wellbeing needs pre-, intra- and post-operatively. Demonstrate the ability to respond to different changing anaesthetic needs of patients in your care.
  • To develop practice in addressing individuals health and wellbeing needs.
  • To lead others in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practice. Ability to lead by example; participation in service development issues.
  • To have knowledge of and employ the basic principles of infection control practice and to ensure adherence to the requirements thereof. To monitor and maintain health,safety and security of self and others in own work area, patient safety being paramount.

Clinical duties & responsibilities:
  • To assist in the provision and development of a safe, effective and efficient anaesthetic service and to support the Trust in its aim to provide the best possible care to patients.
  • To provide anaesthetic services to include, delivering anaesthesia, monitoring and maintaining the condition of patients, and under supervision conduct the induction and emergence from anaesthesia.
  • To administer drugs for anaesthetic induction and maintenance, intra-operative fluids, post-operative analgesia and anti-emetics under the direction of a consultant anaesthetist.
  • To plan anaesthetic provision within a prescribed framework.
  • To undertake pre-operative and post-operative assessment of patients, including the recommendation of pre-medication where appropriate under direction of a consultant anaesthetist.
  • To evaluate and/or collect patient information from the patients history, physical examination, laboratory radiographic and other diagnostic date and identify relevant problems.
  • To administer and/or participate in the planned administration of general and regional anaesthesia for a variety of surgical and medically related procedures.
  • To use a variety of techniques, anaesthesia agents, drugs and equipment in providing anaesthesia care.
  • To interpret and utilise data obtained from invasive and non-invasive equipment.
  • To prioritise the care requirements for identified patients.
  • To competently demonstrate skills to assess and interpret acute patients conditions, taking appropriate action, recognising and managing emergencies. Supports and monitors care, promptly alerting the relevant person where there are unexpected changes in the patients condition.
  • To work competently as a member of the anaesthetic team under appropriate supervision, within the limits of his or her own competences. Refers people to other practitioners when needs and risks are beyond ones own scope of practice or competence.
  • To work in accordance with professional anaesthetic standards when assessing patients, planning anaesthetic care and carrying out clinical tasks.
  • To maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
  • To liaise with the multidisciplinary team, co-ordinating and participating in case discussions as required.
  • To support patients/carers encouraging them to promote their own health and wellbeing and to express their interests and concerns.
  • To provide support and care for the patient and his/her family respecting their need for privacy and dignity.
  • To maintain accurate written records of care.
  • To participate in service improvement plans and audit activities.
  • To assist in the development of protocols and patient group directives within the anaesthetic team.
  • To gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment

Please see the attached the Job Description and Person Specification for key duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification

Anaesthetic Experience


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