Trainee Anaesthetic Practitioner (AP)

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
CUH Theatres has an excellent opening for Qualified Nurses who wish to become a part of our team of Perioperative Practitioners, specialising in Anaesthetic, Scrub, Recovery, and PACU. If chosen, you will be given an opportunity to participate in a funded PgCert in Perioperative care that is part of the MSc in Perioperative Medicine program offered by University College London. As a part of this role, you will be required to complete the Anaesthetic Practitioner module first which is part of the PgCert module that is fully endorsed by Cambridge University Health Partners and offered through a clinical education program.

To attain the PgCert you need to complete four modules which are listed below

Compulsory module

The Anaesthetic Practitioner module

Two other core theory modules

The Landscape of Perioperative Medicine

Quality and Safety and Leadership in Perioperative Care.

Optional forth module listed below (choose one)

Post-anaesthetic Care

Surgical first assistant (SFA)

Critical Care

Main duties of the job

The role of an Anaesthetic Practitioner (AP) involves assisting the Anaesthetist, preparing the anaesthetic machine and airway trolleys, and delivering exceptional holistic care to patients.

To fully develop the required competencies for the course, it is mandatory to work in the Perioperative Care Anaesthetic setting. Throughout your training, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse clinical areas alongside knowledgeable clinical supervisors who will mentor you and assess your progress. This practical training will occur in the presence of experienced anaesthetic and theatre staff.

You will continue to work your standard shift patterns, which may include unsociable hours on weekdays, weekends, and nights.

We aim to develop you to your full potential and offer various other post-qualification routes for continuing development, including enrolment on our band 5 Development Pathway, Immediate Life Support Courses and ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team development and Skills.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close on Midnight 4th December2023.

Interviews are due to be held on 13th December 2023.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

A welcome subsidy of �1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, Trainee Anaesthetic Practitioners, ODPs and Radiographers and Band 5 Orthoptists taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

Person Specification



  • RN(A)/RN(C) or equivalent ODP Diploma or equivalent


  • Relevant Teaching and assessing qualification (or must be willing to work towards whilst in post).



  • No relevant post qualification. Experience for newly registered practitioners.
  • Relevant perioperative teaching and management experience required for senior band 5 practitioners.


  • Clinically current in more than one area of perioperative practice.
  • Evidence of supervision/mentoring of learners and junior staff.
  • Experience of managing a clinical area.



  • Good communication skills both written and verbal, capable of working as an integral member of a team.
  • Ability to prioritise workload.


  • Willingness to accept alternative shift times.



  • Committed to staff support.
  • Highly motivated. Willing to develop perioperative practice.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing situations due to both workload and colleague needs.


  • Willingness to undertake additional roles, namely managing clinical areas, as a link person or as a trainer.
  • Committed to the support and supervision of learners and junior staff.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • Evidence of both professional and personal development.
  • Manual Handling.
  • Shift Work or night shifts.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division A

Hills Road



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