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Surgical First Assistant

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Starting salary from £35,392 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Essex and Suffolk Elective Orthopaedic Centre at Colchester Hospital will be one of the largest centres of its kind in Europe.

As a Surgical First Assistant, you will be a key member of the theatre team. You will provide support functioning to the entire patient journey, providing a key communication role between all members of the health care team.

You will assist the Surgeon and the wider team to facilitate the smooth and efficient running of the surgical programme within Orthopaedic Surgery. This will involve all aspects of surgical treatment encompassing Elective and there may be some potential for trauma work.

If you are a dynamic and motivated leader who is passionate supporting our patients, then this could be the role for you.

The Dame Clare Marx Building that will house our elective orthopaedic centre (ESEOC) opens in 2024 with a focus on elective orthopaedic surgery and day cases. The centre will have eight laminar flow theatres, three wards, recovery facilities, and support services including radiology and EBME.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to perform these duties with a high degree of clinical skills and knowledge to achieve effective patient care.

You will work collaboratively with the Consultant Surgeons to ensure that the full potential of this role is utilised.

To act as a patient advocate to ensure the multidisciplinary team gives high quality co-ordinated care.

To work under the direct supervision of the medical staff.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of professional development
  • First Assistant training course
  • Registered Nurse with current registration on part 1 or 12 of the NMC Register or registered AHP
  • Professional qualifications
  • Student supervision and assessment training


  • Degree in Specialist Practice



  • Evidence of continuing professional development at degree / level
  • Experience of collaborative patient-centred working with statutory and voluntary agencies
  • Proven experience in either Orthopaedic theatre/ward setting



  • Demonstration of professional development and ability to cope with responsibilities of leadership
  • Demonstration of regular updating of professional knowledge

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester Hospital

Turner Road



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