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We offer a variety of permanent, locum and temporary contracts for Theatre Nursing Staff and Operating Practitioners in the UK and beyond.
At Care Providers we are proud of the strong relationships we have built with our clients. These allow us to focus on their core requirements and deliver on our promises.
We have a dedicated staff with years of industry experience and we offer an extensive range of individually tailored solutions to workforce issues, such as staffing a new service in full with permanent employees and providing a relief panel (managed in full) to cover unforeseen or planned absences.

Our service includes:
- Permanent, locum and contract staffing options. 24/7 on-call service is also available.
- Cover for annual leave, sick leave or high staffing demands as a result of increased service demand and provision.
- Training courses.
- The comprehensive pre-employment vetting of candidates (this includes Garda and UK police checks).
- Our team of payroll support staff.
- All the staff we provide are vetted in full through an extensive Buying Solutions compliance procedure.

For all queries call our dedicated Nursing Team on 020 8498 6800 or e-mail

The theatre nurse's role:
Theatre nurses are highly skilled and provide excellent standards of care and support during the “perioperative” experience. Perioperative care can be separated into these related phases:
- Preoperative (pre-assessment)
- Anaesthetics
- Surgical
- Recovery

The Preoperative phase
Preoperative assessment is integral to surgery. It is designed to ensure that the patient has all the information they need about the potential risks and benefits, and that they are in best possible health for the surgery.
A preoperative assessment generates trust and confidence by offering information and guidance regarding the operation and provides an opportunity for patients to ask questions. A visit reduces the risk of last-minute cancellation by making sure all the important resources are available.

The Anaesthetic phase
The theatre nurse will:
- Offer holistic care in the build-up to the surgery.
- Communicate and facilitate teamwork.
- Employ clinical skills, such as the preparation of a variety of specialist drugs and equipment. This may include anaesthetic machines, intravenous equipment and other related equipment to secure the patient's airway during anaesthesia.
- Perform the role of an assistant to the anaesthetist.

The Surgical phase
As member of the operating team, theatre nurses will take on a number of roles including the “scrubbed” role, the application of aseptic technique, the management of wounds and the control of infection.

Theatre nurses will:
- Dress correctly in a sterile gown, mask and gloves; prepare all the appropriate instruments and equipment for the procedure - this may involve microscopes, lasers and endoscopes.
- Work with the surgeon by providing instruments, needles, swabs and other materials as required by the procedure and anticipate the requirements of the surgeon.
- Promote health and safety and ensure the surgical instruments, equipment and swabs are all accounted for at all stages of the procedure.
- Be ready to take on the role of the “circulating practitioner”, employing management skills to prepare the environment and equipment needed for the specific needs of the theatre list; assisting the scrub nurse and facilitating communication between the surgical team and other areas of the theatre and hospital.

The Recovery phase
Theatre nurses will:
- Assess and deliver care from the point of the patient's arrival into the post-anaesthetic stage.
- Assess health and support the patient, providing appropriate care and treatment up to the point at which the patient has recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia and/or surgery and is in a stable condition.
- Assess the appropriate moment for the patient to be discharged to a surgical ward.
- Evaluate the care provided during the perioperative phases, including anaesthetics, surgery and recovery.

Theatre nurses can opt to specialise in specific areas, including anaesthetics, scrub and post-anaesthetic care or move from one area to another. Rotation is a regular and accepted practice in a day surgery environment.

In addition to regular duties listed above, theatre nurses may also be involved in:
- Liaising with those wards in which patients are waiting ahead of their procedure.
- Accurate recording information and data about each surgical procedure/operation.
- Taking messages on the telephone.
- Accurate completion of paperwork.
- Ordering supplies and/or equipment.
- Communicating with Sterile Services to ensure that re-sterilised and re-packaged equipment has been returned.

Senior operating theatre nurses may work as team leaders. This role may include:
- Organising the workload for other team members.
- Clinical risk assessment and initiatives to facilitate patient safety.
- Planning rotas (duty and on-call).
- Staff appraisal.
- Managing budgets.
- Assisting the ongoing development of the theatre/suite of theatres.

In addition to general nursing skills, theatre nurses will need:
- The ability to work in a highly technical area.
- An attention to detail and concentration over prolonged periods.
- Good communication and the ability to apply skills within a multidisciplinary team.
- The physical capacity to adapt within an evolving environment, including standing for long periods or reacting to an emergency within the confines of the theatre.

For all queries call our dedicated Theaters Team on 020 8498 6800 or e-mail

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