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  • Day Webster - Medical Recruitment
  • Day Webster - Medical Recruitment
  • Day Webster - Medical Recruitment
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  • Day Webster - Medical Recruitment
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We offer permanent, locum and temporary contract opportunities for Theatre Nursing Staff and Operating Department Practitioners in the UK and further afield.

At Day Webster Healthcare we pride ourselves on the strong relationships we build with all our clients, which enable us to deliver what our clients require and keep the promises we make.

Our dedicated team have strong industry experience and can provide a range of individually tailored workforce solutions, from fully staffing a new service with permanent employees to providing a fully managed relief panel to cover last minute and planned absences.

Our full service consists of:
- Permanent, locum and contract staffing solutions. A 24/7 on-call service is available.
- Ad hoc cover for annual leave, sick leave or increased staffing demands as a result of increased service provision.
- Regular training courses.
- A comprehensive pre-employment candidate vetting service, including a Garda and UK police check.
- Full payroll support team.
- All our staff are fully vetted through our rigorous compliance procedure.

The role of the theatre nurse:
- Theatre nurses provide high standards of skilled care and support during the “perioperative” journey.

Perioperative care can be divided into the following interconnected phases:
- Preoperative (pre-assessment)
- Anaesthetics
- Surgical
- Recovery

Preoperative phase
Preoperative assessment is fundamental to the patient's surgery. It ensures that the patient is fully informed about the risks and benefits, and that they are in optimal health for the surgery.

A preoperative assessment visit creates trust and confidence by providing information about the operation and gives patients the opportunity to ask questions. It reduces the risk of late cancellation by ensuring that all essential resources are available.

Anaesthetic phase
During this phase, the theatre nurse will:
- Assist the patient prior to surgery and provide holistic care.
- Communicate and work effectively within a team.
- Use clinical skills, such as the preparation of a wide range of specialist equipment and drugs. This includes anaesthetic machines, intravenous equipment and other devices to safely secure the patients airway during anaesthesia.
- Act as an assistant to the anaesthetist.

Surgical phase
Theatre nurses will participate, as part of the operating team, in a number of roles including the “scrubbed” role, the application of aseptic technique (work carried out under sterile conditions), wound management and infection control.

During this phase theatre nurses will:
- Wear a sterile gown, mask and gloves, and prepare all the necessary instruments and equipment for the procedure. This may involve complex machinery including microscopes, lasers and endoscopes.
- Work alongside the surgeon, providing instruments, needles, swabs and other materials as required, and be able to anticipate the surgeon's requirements.
- Promote health and safety and be responsible for ensuring that surgical instruments, equipment and swabs are all accounted for throughout the surgical procedure
- Be prepared to undertake the “circulating practitioner” role, using communication and management skills, preparing the environment and equipment needed for the particular operating theatre list, assisting the scrub nurse and acting as the link between the surgical team and other parts of the theatre and hospital.

Recovery phase
During this phase, theatre nurses will:
- Receive, assess and deliver care from the patient's arrival into the post anaesthetic care unit.
- Monitor the patient's health and support them, providing appropriate care and treatment until the patient has recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia and/or surgery and is stable.
- Assess the patient in order to ensure they can be discharged to a surgical ward area.
- Evaluate the care given during the perioperative phases (anaesthetics, surgery, recovery).

Theatre nurses can specialise in a specific area such as anaesthetics, scrub and post-anaesthetic care or rotate through the areas. Rotation is common practice in a day surgery environment.

In addition to the duties involved in these phases, theatre nurses may be involved in:
- Liaising with wards where patients are waiting for their operation/procedure.
- The input of information about each surgical procedure/operation on to a computer system.
- Taking phone messages.
- Completing paperwork.
- Ordering supplies or equipment.
- Liaising with the hospital's Sterile Services Department to ensure that equipment has been returned once re-sterilised and re-packaged.

Senior operating theatre nurses may work as team leaders. This can involve:
- Organising the workload between team members.
- Clinical risk assessment and patient safety initiatives.
- Planning duty and on-call rotas.
- Undertaking staff appraisals.
- Responsibility for budgets.
- Contributing to the development of the theatre/suite of theatres.

As well as the general skills needed for nursing, theatre nurses require:
- The competence to work in a highly technical area.
- Attention to detail and the ability to concentrate for long periods.
- The ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- The physically ability to adapt to a changing environment, including standing for long periods or reacting in an emergency within a confined area.

For all queries call our dedicated Theatres Team on 020 8498 6800 or email

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