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Specialist Grade in Anaesthetics

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£83,945 to £95,275 a year pa
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We have exciting opportunities for three Specialist Grades in Anaesthetics to join our leading orthopaedic centre of excellence. We are a specialist hospital and are looking for colleagues with an interest in orthopaedic anaesthesia to provide anaesthesia and per-operative care for all aspects of orthopaedic surgery.

This is a particularly exciting time for the Trust, as will shortly open our new additional theatre which will deliver increased surgical activity.

Set in idyllic surroundings, with beautiful places to live within commuting distance, and excellent schooling available, the job also offers fantastic flexibility and work-life balance.

The Trust has excellent transport links, 30 minutes by road from Chester and Shrewsbury. Manchester and Liverpool airports are about an hour by road, and Birmingham airport 90 minutes. The M54 motorway provides quick access to the national motorway network and there are reasonable rail links from Gobowen via Shrewsbury or Chester.

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Main duties of the job

These full time posts comprise 8.5 PA for direct clinical care with 1.5 supporting professional activities (SPA).

We encourage all potential candidates to come to the site for an informal visit.

The On-Call commitment for the post is low frequency, anticipated to be 1:15/1:16 .

About us

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic NHS Trust (RJAH)is one of the leading orthopaedic hospitals in the country, with some of the highest levels of staff and patient satisfaction, as well as a strong reputation for research and innovation.

Joining RJAH is more than just a job - we want our people to have the best opportunities to thrive in their role.We have a range of fantastic staff benefits on offer to everyone who joins RJAH and you'll have access to outstanding professional development opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities - including our recently-opened �6 million Headley Court Veterans' Orthopaedic Centre (the first unit of its kind in the UK).RJAH has strong links with a range of universities including Staffordshire, Keele, Glyndwr, Chester and Birmingham.The hospital is located on a site outside Oswestry in Oswestry, just off the A5. The nearest train station is in Gobowen, approximately two miles from the hospital. The station is part of the Chester to Birmingham line.We are based in North Shropshire, close to the border with North and Mid Wales. It is one of the most attractive parts of the country, with a rich historic culture and excellent transport links. It offers outstanding opportunities for anyone who enjoys an outdoor lifestyle or is looking to raise a family.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post will involve all aspects of peri-operative anaesthetic care for orthopaedic and spinal surgery and the postholder will be expected to:

Ensure effective and open communication with anaesthetic and surgical colleagues.

Take part in all aspects of pre, intra and postoperative anaesthetic care for both inpatient and day case orthopaedic surgery.
  • Demonstrate a degree of flexibility in their working patterns, as demanded by a Senior Doctor-based service.
  • Take part in the anaesthetic on-call rota. This is currently 1:15, though this may be subject to change.
  • Provide in-theatre and formal training for rotating specialist registrars, anaesthetic fellows, nurses, ODPs and colleagues.
  • Assess patients fitness for surgery within the pre-op clinic, both directly and indirectly by supervising nursing colleagues.

  • The successful candidate will be required to reside within a reasonable distance of the hospital (arrival in approximately 30 minutes) when undertaking their on-call duties.

    Person Specification

    Professional values behaviours skills and knowedge


    • Full registration and a Licence to Practice with the General Medical Council
    • Minimum of 12 years medical experience since primary medical qualification
    • Minimum of 6 years as SAS grade or equivalent in anaesthesia
    • Adheres to professional requirements of annual appraisal, job planning and reviews of performance and progression
    • Demonstrates the professional values and behaviours set out in Good Medical Practice Provides safe and effective general and regional anaesthesia, and procedural sedation, independently for all patients
    • Demonstrated ability to manage patients with complex needs whilst remaining aware of their own limitations
    • Provides safe and effective care for critically ill patients with specialist help and guidance
    • Ability to lead resuscitation teams and safely transfer critically ill patients
    • Communicates effectively with patients, relatives and carers, placing them at the centre of the care pathway
    • Capable of working with patients to reduce the risks associated with surgery
    • Previous experience working in the NHS
    • Trained and capable in all aspects of General and Regional Anaesthesia
    • Experience in anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery
    • Experience of anaesthesia for spinal surgery


    • Post-graduate professional qualification in anaesthesia
    • Demonstrated ability to provide safe and effective immediate care for critically ill patients of all ages
    • Management experience - eg rota/leave coordinator
    • Demonstrable recent experience of anaesthesia for paediatrics

    Leadership and teamworking


    • Ability to lead diverse teams within all areas of the hospital
    • Understands own leadership style and its impact on others
    • Demonstrated ability to develop effective relationships across teams, contributing to their successful working
    • Demonstrates ability to challenge others, escalating concerns when necessary
    • Critically reflects on decision-making explaining them effectively to others


    • Undertaken training in management and/or teamworking

    Patient safety and quality improvement


    • Takes prompt action to ensure a high standard of safety and quality of patient care T
    • Ability to collaborate with hospital teams to manage risk
    • Understanding of clinical governance systems
    • Active and consistent engagement with local quality improvement projects


    • Participates in regional or national quality improvement projects
    • Implements evidence-based change to improve patient care
    • Undertaken training in quality improvement methodology.



    • Evaluates and instigates initial management of safeguarding concerns.

    Education and training


    • Life Support training.g. Achieved grade / Years experience
    • Enthusiasm to teach and train others


    • Life support instructor
    • Meets the requirements of a clinical/educational supervisor, as defined by the GMC

    Research and scholarship


    • Keeps up-to-date with current research and best practice
    • Locates and uses clinical guidelines appropriately
    • Critically appraises and understands the relevance of research evidence in anaesthesia
    • Supports any research activities being undertaken within the Trust as required


    • Undertakes significant involvement in clinical research
    • Presentations at regional and national meetings
    • Publications in peer reviewed journal
    • Undertaken training in research methodology

    Communication and interpersonal skills


    • Ability to communicate with clarity (written and spoken)
    • Ability to build rapport, listen, persuade, negotiate
    • Empathy, understanding, listening skills, patience and ability to work co-operatively within a team



    • Abilty to meet the on-call requirements of residing within approximately 30 minutes from the hospital whilst on-call

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHSFT


    SY10 7AG

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