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Working side by side with some of the UKs top consultants, you’ll support a wide range of surgical procedures due to the complexity of services we offer. We’re continually investing in our business and broadening the range of services available to patients, which exposes our theatre teams to the latest generation technology, equipment and procedures. We pride ourselves on providing training and career development to each and every member of our theatre teams to enjoy a fulfilling career.

Overview

We are proud of the vital role our perioperative practitioners play in ensuring outstanding patient outcomes 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 UKs top consultants you will support a wide range of surgical procedures due to the complexity of services offered by Spire hospitals. These may include cardiac, bariatrics, oncology, ophthalmology. gastrointestinal, neurosurgery and gynaecology, as well as orthopaedics and general surgery. Because of our values and the variety of services we offer, our 2012 Spire employee survey found that our theatre teams get real personal satisfaction from their work.

Required skills and experience

You’ll be a registered nurse or an operating department practitioner ideally working towards a post registration qualification. You’ll 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, although we often have vacancies for newly qualified practitioners.

Ideally you will provide support in all three areas of scrub, anaesthetics and recovery or you may have chosen to specialise in one of these areas.

Importantly you will be passionate about patient care, high clinical standards and looking for ways to share best practice and improve the way we run our business. Your collaborative approach to team working will mean you fit in well with our values, and we need you to be willing to be flexible in your working patterns and processes. A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check is essential for this role.

Why work at Spire

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. Our theatre teams are close knit, working together with confidence in a relaxed and happy environment, knowing they can trust their colleagues to be there if they need support. In the course of your work you will interact with a wide range of colleagues from the wards, theatre porters, 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. Working at Spire, your manager will trust you to make the right decisions, support you in developing your skills and care about your personal wellbeing.

The real driving force behind our success is our ability to invest in our people. 

We pride ourselves on providing training and on-going career development to enable each and every member of our theatre teams to enjoy a genuinely fulfilling career. 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, advanced scrub practitioner.

We actively promote from within the Spire network so taking part in our in-house management development programmes 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.

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