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Surgical First Assistant

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part time Surgical First Assistant in Surgery to provide highly specialised surgical assistance in all aspects of surgery to Consultant Surgeons and junior medical staff in the operating theatres. The post holder will be expected to understand advanced surgical techniques and make professional and clinical decision for which the surgical assistant is accountable.

Main duties of the job

The role of the Surgical First Assistant is a multi-disciplinary inter-professional role and whilst there may be some variations in responsibility and clinical roles this job description outlines the key areas of responsibility for these post holders whilst working within the Trust.

* To have an advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology.* To have an advanced knowledge of current elective and emergency surgical techniques and equipment required to achieve the optimal outcomes in surgery* To understand the principles of surgical technique required for variousdisease entitles requiring surgery

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

* Assist with the co-ordination and smooth running of the operating sessions by liaising with theatre and other personnel as appropriate* To assist in the training of theatre staff in all aspects of theatre practice* To assist in the development of new equipment for surgery and themaintenance of such equipment in conjunction with theatre personnel

Person Specification



  • To have undertaken advanced scrub practitioner surgical skills course
  • To have evidence of continuing professional development


  • Advanced life support
  • Evidence of extended clinical skills/assessment



  • Demonstrable post registration experience
  • Familiar with care of the critically ill/unstable patient
  • Proven leadership and management skills
  • To have experience as theatre nurse within surgical theatres
  • Experience of working effectively within a MDT setting. Flexible approach to work.



  • To possess clinical credibility to influence across both professional and organisational boundaries
  • To maintain basic life support skills
  • Advanced IT skills
  • Accept personal responsibility for identifying own learning needs and professional development in liaison with the Unit Manager for Theatres / Clinical lead
  • Assist in facilitating a learning environment conductive to the acquisition of further knowledge and skills
  • Contribute to the development of teaching strategies appropriate to the learning needs of junior medical staff/colleagues
  • Share expertise with other areas
  • To have knowledge of change management
  • To understand the importance of teamwork as well as being able to work autonomously with an enthusiastic and self-confident manner
  • To be aware of the physical demands of assisting and retracting for long periods



  • Ability to anticipate any clinical issues that may arise during the course of providing treatment to patients. Excellent verbal and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex and sensitive information.
  • Has evidence of leadership ability and how this has impacted on recent roles. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to work on own initiative. Demonstrate ability to prioritise. Ability to manage highly complex clinical and operational situations that involve staff from all levels within the organisation, in circumstances where information is often conflicting or not fully known
  • To have excellent problem solving ability To have good time management To be self motivated To be able to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy To be able to deal with occasional highly distressing or emotional circumstances
  • To be able to deal with conflict in an effective manner To have excellent concentration to be able to assist competently during long complex cases


  • Computer literate/skills
  • Leadership course evidence of change management and table to demonstrate the impact of changes

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool Hospital

Prescot Street


L7 8XP

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