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Surgical First Assistant

Band 5/6

Main area
317 Urology Theatres - FH
Grade
Band 5/6
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-24-30-DR
Site
Freeman Hospital
Town
317 01 Freeman Hospital
Salary
£25,655 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
03/07/2022 23:59
Interview date
15/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

As a centre of excellence for  urology robotic surgery there is an exciting opportunity for a Surgical First Assistant to join our team.

You will work closely with the robotic co-ordinator and the rest of the team to ensure the efficient use of the robot within our organisation.

There are 20 operating theatres at the Freeman Hospital and the robot is used in Urology, ENT, HPB and General Surgery

You will need to be a highly organised individual with excellent communication skills.  Flexibility will be essential for anyone wishing to apply for this post.  An important part of your role will be teaching staff within the MDT so you must have a recognised teaching qualification. Experience working with the robot will be advantageous however training will be provided,  You must have a theatre scrub background to be eligible to apply for this post

The successful candidate must have the Surgical First Assistance (Advanced Scrub Practitioner) qualification to be offered a Band 6.  If you do not have this qualification, there will be an expectation that the course will be completed within 12-18 months of your start date and you would remain on a Band 5 salary until this was completed.

  • Interview Date 15 July 2022
  • 37 hours 30 minutes/week

  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

 

Main duties of the job

You will have significant experience.  Apart from assisting with the Robotic surgery, you will be expected to provide surgical assistance to Consultant Surgeons and Specialist Registrars in a variety of specialties to meet the needs of our services to ensure the provision of safe patient-centred care.

Suitable post for an experienced registered nurse / ODP, who has demonstrated a high level of clinical achievement and clinical excellence wishing to expand sphere of skills, responsibilities and influence in specialist area.

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Band 5

  • Accountable for assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating high quality patient care in the Peri-Operative environment.
  • Provide effective support to both patient and carers throughout their care pathway.
  • Act as role model, teacher and supervisor for junior staff and students, participating in mentor and preceptorship programmes
  • To abide by Trust policies and procedures.
  • Provide support for and depending on experience deputise for nurse in charge in their absence.
  • Act as patient advocate in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code / Health and Care Professions Council standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
  • Work collaboratively as an effective member of MDT.
  • Participate in 24 hour on call service when appropriate to role

Band 6

  • To provide expert assistance and support to the Consultant Surgeons, junior medical, theatre staff and patients involved in Robotic Surgery

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Person specification

Band 5

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of achievements and career development in current post and of on-going professional development
  • Awareness of current relevant NHS policy context
  • Has understanding / experience of adult / child safeguarding
  • Basic IT skills
  • Relevant and recent clinical experience
  • Registered Nurse (appropriate to branch) / ODP
  • NMC / HCPC registration
  • Diploma / Degree in Nursing / ODP completed or willingness to undertake) or equivalent experience
Desirable criteria
  • Meets Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for mentorship if relevant to role
  • Relevant clinical skills relating to the specialty e.g. cannulation, IV drug administration, acting as scrub practitioner
  • Previous experience in speciality

Band 6

Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse / Operating Department Practitioner with significant previous clinical experience in major abdominal surgery or NAASP courses to degree / diploma level or equivalent.
  • Relevant teaching qualification
  • Has clinical experience gained at a high level of achievement and clinical excellence
  • Recent evidence of supervision of students and junior staff
  • Evidence of recent knowledge and experience of specialist area gained through formal qualification or experiential learning
  • Has the skill and competence to ensure the delivery of evidence based practice in line with NMC/HCPC professional requirements
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to develop external networks with peers to share good practice.
  • Ability to improve and maintain professional knowledge
  • Ability to communicate with patients’ pre and post operation, whilst being mindful that there may be barriers to communication
  • Ability to provide expert clinical advice and support to the multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to provide expert assistance and support to the patient, Consultant Surgeons, junior medical and theatre staff involved in Robotic surgery
  • Can manage complex / sensitive information relating to patients and provides specialist advice to a range of health care professionals.
  • Ability to analysis, interpret and compare a range of complex options relating to sensitive patient information and apply expert clinical judgement to identify appropriate clinical interventions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Basic Surgical Skills Course
  • Member of National Association of Assistants in Surgical Practice (NASSP)
  • Basic surgical skills course
  • Leadership / management qualification
  • Audit / research experience
  • Evidence of leading programmes of education or training
  • Evidence of Change management
  • Evidence of experience in planning or organising Training events
  • Experience of managing data and resources
  • Robotic surgery experience
  • Evidence of teaching experience

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Claire Park
Job title
Senior Sister
Email address
claire.park9@nhs.net
Telephone number
0191 2448673