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Anaesthetic Staff Nurse - QEH Theatre

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum plus HCA
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Anaesthesia nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking dedicated and motivated qualified professionals to join us in the Theatre department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.

The operating theatres at QEH provide elective and emergency services 24/7 in orthopaedics, colorectal, general, gynaecology, urology and obstetrics.

If you are already working in the areas of anaesthetics or recovery, or would like to peruse a new career pathway in these specialties, then now is your opportunity to join a hard-working and dedicated team.

Patient safety throughout patient journey in theatre, making sure correct equipment is available at all times.

Anaesthetic nurse to provide direct patient care prior and during anaesthesia. Assists the anaesthetists in the provision of anaesthetics. Prepares equipment and monitoring.

Theatre recovery nurse provides care to patients immediately post-surgery and post anaesthesia. Assess patients using, for example, ABCDE approach.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be accountable and responsible for providing a high standard of patient focused individualised care, with an evidenced based practice focus.

They will be expected to carry out aspects of patient care without direct supervision. They will be able to communicate effectively with the multidisciplinary team and contribute to the effective running of the theatre / department.

Utilising the principles of the national framework and local strategy of Clinical Governance and other national initiatives, they will participate in action on improvements in patient care. The post holder will carry out all duties in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) Codes of Conduct, HCPC and Relevant Trust policies.

About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    To deliver a high standard of patient focused individualised nursing care using a team nursing care approach.

    To assess, plan implement and evaluate care of patients from admission to discharge using an integrated care pathway (ICP) or the nursing process.

    To assist anaesthetist / surgeon / with emergency / elective procedures in all hospital departments as required.

    To ensure stock levels are adequate for effective perioperative care.

    To maintain effective channels of communication with patients, relatives and the multidisciplinary team involved in providing care.

    To understand the principles of clinical governance and the impact on patient care, i.e. audit and evidenced based practice.

    Ensure that written documentation are maintained in line with the NMC standards for Records and Record Keeping and Trust policy.

    To ensure that medication is given to patients in line with the NMC and Trust policy and guidelines.

    To act safely and develop skills to be effective in emergency situations, e.g. cardiac arrest.

    To practice within the framework of corporate and local policies.

    To be professionally sensitive to the needs of patients and colleagues.

    To participate in the development of your Personal Development Plan and identify your own professional, educational and training needs and goals.

    To ensure your own continual professional development in line with NMC requirements.

    To monitor own needs for mandatory training - manual handling, fire, life support, etc.

    To have or be active in developing your skills, e.g. intravenous additives administration and cannulation in line with service delivery.

    To report and record all complaints, incidents or accidents to the sister/charge nurse, theatre manager or site mangers as appropriate.

    To maintain confidentiality in relation to information about patients, staff and other health service providers in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1984 and the Caldicott guidelines.

    Ensure that Trust policy is followed with regards to health and safety and infection control issues.

    To maintain a safe environment by ensuring own knowledge of equipment and adhering to manufacturers guidelines.To participate in team and departmental meetings to develop and improve practice in the department and promote new ideas.

    To up hold good standards of behaviour towards your colleagues, patients, and the public.

    To take an active role in induction and orientation of new staff.

    Conform to Trust and Unit policies regarding reporting of sickness and the booking of annual / study leave.

    Maintain standard of conduct and dress to sustain public confidence in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional conduct and Trust Policies.

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

    Person Specification



    • NMC Level 1 Registration/ODP City & Guilds 752 or NVQ3 in ODP Practice.
    • Anaesthetic course and Experience is required.


    • Diploma/ Degree



    • Experience of working in the appropriate care setting as a qualified or student nurse
    • Ability of caring for the ill in a variety of settings as a qualified or student nurse


    • Relevant specialist course



    • Effective verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to develop own clinical skills and widen theoretical knowledge
    • Understanding of the care needs of an individual
    • Knowledge of a nursing model of care


    • Willingness to develop teaching skills, formally and informally

    personal Attributes


    • Ability to form good interpersonal relationships, and be enthusiastic
    • Ability to conduct themselves in public and private situations in an appropriate manner. i.e. pleasant and respectful
    • Demonstrate initiative

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    Queen Elizabeth Hospital -Woolwich

    Stadium Road



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