Working at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital
Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital offers a comprehensive range of services and facilities in a comfortable and relaxed environment to patients in Kent, East Susses and West Sussex and the south east. The hospital is staffed by a valued team of highly skilled professionals offering a wide range of specialities. We employ over 180 staff including nurses, theatre staff, radiographers, physiotherapists, medical secretaries, administrators, housekeepers and porters.
This is an exciting time to join our growing team at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, as building work is nearing completion on an exciting £4.7 million development that is set to benefit about 20,000 patients from the local area. The project includes an expansion of the hospital’s outpatients department, the addition of state of the art static CT and MRI scanners, and recently refurbished on-site SSD, heralding a new era for the hospital.
Perioperative Practitioners (Scrub and Anaesthetic/Recovery) in Spire
Our impressive track record in patient safety and infection control demonstrates our commitment to clinical excellence and patient service delivery. Our Perioperative Practitioners play an important role in maintaining these standards and ensuring patient satisfaction by providing specialist support in the areas of scrub, anaesthetic and recovery to consultants and the theatre team.
Working side by side with some of the UK's top consultants you will support a wide range of surgical procedures due to the complexity of services offered by Spire hospitals. These include orthopaedics, general surgery (open and laparoscopic), bariatric, ophthalmology, spinal, ENT, breast and gynaecology.
You will confidently undertake Scrub or Anaesthetic/Recovery practitioner responsibilities, working alongside our consultants to provide exemplary planned care for patients within the perioperative environment, assisting in the planning and organisation of care provision within the operating theatre.
At Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital we are constantly looking to broaden the range of services available to patients which often exposes Perioperative Practitioners to the latest or brand new technology, equipment and procedures, as well as consultants who are leaders in their field. We know that the calibre of our theatre teams, particularly Perioperative Practitioners, can be instrumental in attracting consultants to choose to provide their services from Spire hospitals.
An essential aspect of working in Spire is team working. In the course of your work you will interact with a wide range of colleagues from the Wards, Radiology and the Decontamination Unit amongst others. A key part of your effectiveness is in the way you promote the continuity and level of care for the patient to other colleagues as the patient moves through their surgery.
Training and development
Your training starts on the day you join with a comprehensive induction programme, and leads on to mandatory training including infection control and core clinical training and medical device competencies. You can look forward to further training in immediate and acute illness management, critical care competencies and where appropriate advanced life support. We offer a fast track Perioperative BSc (Hons) degree programme through which you will be offered accredited modules in law, research, advanced scrub practitioner skills, work based learning, service development, reflective practice and research practice.
Your career prospects
You can consider studying for further specialist qualifications, eg, Advanced Scrub Practitioner or in other skills, such as becoming a NVQ Assessor or supporting learning in practice. We are keen to promote from within the Spire network so studying for supervisory and management qualifications can help you progress within the company. A number of our Theatre practitioners have secured Theatre Manager posts and we are very keen to encourage these ambitions. A number of Theatre Managers have become the Head of Clinical Services in Spire hospitals where their previous experience of this key department has proved invaluable.
What we are looking for
You will be an Operating Department Practitioner/ Perioperative Practitioner with recent experience working in theatre covering a range of specialties. You will have experience of working in teams and working with minimum supervision. Ideally you will have experience of applying clinical reasoning skills to a range of complex and varied patient case mixes.
Importantly you will be passionate about patient care, high clinical standards and looking for ways to improve the way we run our business. Your collaborative approach to team working will mean you fit in well with our culture, as we really value people who are organised and efficient. We need you to be willing to be flexible in your working patterns and processes and show empathy for vulnerable and sick patients.
A satisfactory disclosure and barring service check is essential for this role.
We offer a range of benefits which include private medical cover, pension, and 25 days' holiday. We are often able to offer flexible working arrangements to fit in with your personal circumstances. You will work in pleasant surroundings with easy access to free parking. We provide a uniform of theatre scrubs and low cost staff meals are available.
For more information or to apply, email your CV or query to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sian Edwards on 01892 741102.