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Anaesthetic Team Manager

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are really excited to be the first trust in the UK to have achieved Pathway to Excellence. It means that our focus is on you, quality and great decision making. Combine this with our founding partner status of the Cavell nurses trust as well as our DAISY awards for nurses, and newly launched ROSE awards for AHPs, means you can feel challenged, supported and recognised. At NGH you can have the best possible career.

Come and join our dynamic and growing Theatre Management team, who are passionate about delivering the best possible care to patients whilst maintaining high levels of quality and safety at all times. With a specialist interest in Anaesthetics you will work closely with the departmental band 7s already in post to manage, lead and develop staff and improve patient experience within our busy 6 theatre complex.

Main duties of the job

Supporting Clinical Excellence

Act as a clinical leader and role model for all staff.

Maintain a visible presence and act as the first contact point for patients, relatives and staff to address concerns and complaints.

Maintain a 50/50 clinical presence within theatre activities.

To monitor activity and patient dependency, reporting any concerns to the Matron for Theatres.

To work clinically within the individuals area of expertise within the theatre environment.

Work in conjunction with the full team of band 7 staff within the directorate to ensure that there is (whenever possible) a band 7 working in the clinical setting every day from Monday - Friday.


Lead by example with drive and enthusiasm, responding appropriately to the needs of patients, families and carers.

Responsible for 24 hour management and leadership of designated departments maintaining an appropriate management style that maintains good morale, a team approach to work and a culture which fosters innovation and change.Sets high standards of care, including departmental cleanliness, are maintained so that the patient experience is excellent.

Represents the team and organisation at professional meetings as requested and feeds back information appropriately.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Ensures there is a method of communication that reaches all staff within the team considering different working patterns.

With due regard to Risk Management policies and procedures. Uses local data to ensure the environment is safe for patients, relatives, carers and staff.

To be a visible, accessible and assertive figure to whom staff, patients and relatives can turn for assistance and guidance.

To be a pivotal figure drawing together the multi-disciplinary team towards their shared goal of excellence in patient care.

Influence people and events through successful communication, negotiation and persuasion skills.

Develop and use local and national networks to identify and introduce to the directorate best practice in the management and care of patients.

Constructively challenge practices as necessary, which impact on patients care and or staff wellbeing.

To be clinically based, dividing time equally between all areas within the job description.

Supporting Patient Excellence

Maintain a visible presence and act as the first contact point for patients, relatives and staff to address concerns and complaints.

To act as a positive role model to the team.

Proactively seek patients', carers' and families' feedback on the service provided by the team.

To reinforce the culture that patients, relatives and carers participate and understand treatment plans.

Adopt an open learning culture from clinical incidents and patient/staff feedback and implement improvements as necessary.

Be responsible for the safe and secure storage and handling of medication in line with Trust policy.

Ensure that the department is clean in line with the hygiene code.

People/Management Excellence

Work alongside and with all other band 7 Managers within the theatre complex ensuring standards, safety, quality, and communication are optimal at all times.

Deputise for other band 7 Managers within the theatre complex, covering periods of annual leave, sickness, unforeseen absence etc.

In collaboration with other band 7 Managers within the department ensure that band 7 shift cover is spread effectively throughout the week.

To promote effective communication channels both within the department/ directorate and Trust.

To be informed of any Government initiatives relevant to the specialty that will influence future service developments.

Keep the Theatre Matron informed of all the relevant issues affecting patient care e.g. risk, staffing levels, skills and equipment needs.

Participate with the Matron for Theatres in skill mix reviews based on patient dependency, case mix, activity data and professional judgement.

Participate in the recruitment and selection of all staff, both clinical and non-clinical, who work in theatres.

Monitor and manage sickness and absence, keeping informed of patterns and trends and action plans implemented.

Participate in the investigation of complaints and/or adverse incidents, ensuring lessons are learnt and action plans implemented.

Enable all staff, irrespective of band, to have access to supervision, mentorship, coaching.

Ensure all staff are aware of the Trust policies, protocols and other documents, and take appropriate action where compliance is breached.

Ensure that all staff undertake Trust and professional mandatory training and development as required or outlined in PDP.

Ensure the department has the capability to provide newly qualified staff with good quality of induction and support.

Ensure all department staff have a formal annual appraisal in line with the Knowledge and Skills Framework and PDP.

Liaises with the Matron for Theatres and Directorate Manager regarding departmental training needs.

Ensure that the Trust competencies for all staff are implemented within the working environment.

Ensure that contractual student requirements are met and that all pre-registration students, and O/U students, NVQ trainees and work experience students are adequately mentored and assessed within the workplace.

Ensure the department has adequate active mentors to facilitate student placements.

Quality Assurance and Monitoring

To ensure that all theatre management documentation is produced as requested. Audits and action plans will be produced in liaison with the Departmental Team Leaders, Theatre Management Team, Matron for Theatres.

To ensure that all agreed action plans from national and local strategies, benchmarking standards and clinical audits are achieved through dedicated administration time.

To participate in developing working guidelines, protocols and practices that enhance the patient experience in line with national and Trust policies.

Lead on audit initiatives.

Lead on and be responsible for setting and reviewing standards for practice and evaluating outcomes as part of the clinical governance agenda.

Promote and maintain evidence-based practice and lead on its implementation.

Policy and Service Development Responsibilities.

Consider new ways of working which enhance and improve patient care, presenting outline proposals to the Matron for Theatres.Seek out Best Practice to generate new ideas and generate change.

Ensure all staff work within the confines of Trust policies, protocols and other relevant documentation, taking appropriate action where compliance is breached.

Drive research and service improvement/development programmes within the department.

To participate in developing working guidelines, protocols and practices that enhance the patient experience in line with national and Trust policies.

Contribute to the update of policies and protocols within own speciality.

Supporting Financial Excellence

To manage the budget with the support of the Matron for Theatres participating in cost improvement programmes where opportunities arise.

Exerts influence and control of the overall department expenditure.

To work with Team Leaders and coordinators to ensure that the facilities are fully utilised.

To manage the capital and revenue equipment replacement plans within Gynaecology/Obstetric Theatres, taking into account age and replacement cost of essential surgical instrumentation.

To identify issues relating to under-utilisation of theatres and report to Directorate Manager.

Control expenditure so that the most cost-effective use of resources is made.

Corporate Responsibilities

To act-up for the Matron as required.

To work collaboratively with other colleagues across the Trust to enable the safe delivery of care across the organisation.

Facilitate measures to help achieve directorate/divisional and Trust targets and agendas, ensuring dissemination of appropriate information to all members of the team.

Share best practice through meetings and forums.

Act as a Trust role model at all times, whilst at work and whilst off duty.

Person Specification

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users
  • Enthusiastic about professional development
  • Assertive, confident, and approachable
  • A strong desire and ability to lead the department and can adopt leadership style to meet the needs of staff and act as a role model to others
  • Innovative and creative
  • Reliable
  • Diplomatic
  • Professional
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Ability to work under pressure and seek help when required
  • Able to demonstrate reflective practice
  • Team player
  • An ability to remain positive during service changes and challenges



  • Effective teaching, training and mentorship skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, time management and prioritisation
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients, and their carers from a diverse background
  • IT competent using word and excel
  • Ability to undertake clinical duties and act as a role model to perioperative teams
  • Ability to influence change
  • Demonstrable ability to manage a department and undertake challenging conversations
  • Effective managerial, leadership and motivation skills
  • Ability to problem solve, anticipate, and forward plan
  • Planning and analytical skills


  • Experience of policy/protocol development
  • Experience of audit implementation and evaluation
  • Advanced computer knowledge
  • Negotiation skills

Knowledge and Experience


  • Recent substantial Anaesthetic experience within a General/Emergency Theatre setting
  • Evidence of leadership experience at Band 6 level or above
  • Experience of financial management
  • Experience of managing challenging situations to meet a positive outcome
  • Experience of conducting appraisals and mentoring others
  • Experience of recruiting and inducting new staff
  • Experience at a Band 6 level, of managing a team and staff performance
  • Staff and resource management
  • Effective clinical leadership and experience in the management of change
  • Demonstrates awareness of current changes in the NHS
  • Has participated in clinical governance, research and audit


  • Research awareness

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Level 1 (Will require post registration Anaesthetic qualification)/ Registered ODP.
  • Educated to Degree Level or equivalent experience
  • First line management course or equivalent management experience
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Up to date mentoring qualification


  • Post -registration theatre course or other relevant to speciality

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Cliftonville, Billing Road



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