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Anaesthetic Practitioner

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Plus HCAS per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Maternity Cover

We are seeking highly experienced Band 6 Anaesthetic Practitioners to join our Anaesthetic Nursing / Practitioner Team at Lewisham Hospital. If you have an NMC or HPCC registration and have completed an Anaesthetics Course, consider yourself to be self-motivated and enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills then this could be the post for you.

We have 11 theatres across the Main Theatre Suite and in the Riverside Treatment Centre (dedicated Day Surgery). With a renewed focus on optimising elective surgery throughput following the Covid-19 Pandemic as well as the emergency surgery remit so we are extremely busy.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for providing a high standard of evidence-based care to patients throughout their operative journey working closely with our Anaesthetics Team, within the guidelines of the Trust, the HCPC and the NMC.

The post holder will provide support and guidance to theatre team colleagues within the clinical area and will assist with the training and development of junior staff and students.

The post holder will take responsibility for running operating lists in conjunction with and in the absence of a Senior Theatre Practitioner and will also cover the anaesthetic bleep holder role.

About us

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is a community focused provider of local and acute care, providing high quality services to over one million people living across the London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley. With a turnover of around �700 million, we provide services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, University Hospital Lewisham and a range of community settings in Lewisham. We also provide some services at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.

As an organisation, we've made significant improvements for patients and staff in the last two and-a-half years. This is reflected in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection (from February 2020), which found improvements across the organisation and gave us an improved rating of Good in the Well-Led and Effective domains, in addition to the rating of Good that we had already achieved in the Caring domain. Our staff culture change programme has been key to the Trust's improvement journey, as we've stabilised our workforce by reducing vacancy rates and improving staff retention. We've also significantly increased the representation of minority ethnic leaders across our clinical and corporate teams.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a member of the team, participates in establishing a positive working environment in which patients receive a high standard of care delivery

Personally deliver a high standard of care to patients and participate in assessing, planning and evaluation of individualised patient car

Act as team leader where required and clinical role model at all times

Ensure that all patients are cared for in a safe environment and maintains the safety and well-being of patients, staff and visitors in line with Health and Safety guidelines

Personally acts within and ensures adherence to all Trust and Departmental policies and procedures

Administration of medicines in accordance with Trust and local policy

Assist in developing the department philosophy and framework of care in line with unit/organisational and beliefs/values

Ensure the provision of advice, support and health information to patients and their carers in order to promote a health-based service.

Ensure workload of colleagues does not jeopardise safe standards of practice and initiate action if necessary.

Participate in the daily checking and maintenance of essential equipment

Transports/manages people and/or items such as equipment or specimens safely and to time consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.

Maintain accurate and legible records of all clinical and legal documentation to include accident / incident reporting, with regard to HCPC/NMC statutory and Trust polices.

Ensures all aspects of clinical care including interventions and investigations are performed, assessed and reported upon in a timely fashion and in a manner consistent with legislation, policy and procedures.

Liaise with all members of the multi-professional team to ensure that care is assessed, planned, delivered and evaluated within a multi-professional framework, in the interests of the patient, and that care is communicated to all team members.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Qualified ODP with HCPC registration or Qualified Nurse with NMC registration and relevant anaesthetic course
  • Mentorship course or willingness to undertake training within three months of appointment


  • Degree level qualification



  • Minimum 2 years' experience working in theatres at Band 5 level


  • Experience working at Band 6 level



  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to plan, problem solve and prioritise
  • Awareness of clinical governance and risk management
  • Computer literate


  • Experience of audit and research based practice
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with others
  • Knowledge of changes within the NHS and the ability to demonstrate their application in the provision of theatre services

Personal Qualities


  • Reliable and flexible
  • Able to work full 24/7 shift patterns (days, nights and weekends) according to service needs
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanour in pressurised or stressful situations
  • Positive change agent for patient and service improvement
  • Willingness to accept additional responsibilities


  • Ability to motivate team to drive productivity

Employer details

Employer name

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital

High Street


SE13 6LH

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