Theatres, Anaesthetic and Recovery

We have two directorates that offer opportunities to experience all aspects of theatre work and gain invaluable experience in one of the best Trusts in the country.

Peri-operative Services

We have 51 theatres over the RVI and Freeman Hospital sites covering all surgical specialties, including transplantation. We have two new innovative Da Vinci Robots which are being used for various surgical procedures across all specialities. We operate on approximately 60,000 patients a year. The theatre team includes Anaesthetics, Speciality Scrub and Floor Nurses, and Recovery. 

Cardiothoracic Services

We provide a full range of cardiac and thoracic surgery in four theatres, seven cath labs - including a screening room - which also includes robotic surgery, for adults and children, including heart and lung transplantation. Cardiothoracic Services also have the Catheter Laboratory Department which provides treatments such as TAVIs (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation), primary interventions, EP and CTO (Coronary Total Occlusion) procedures.

Working here

Shift patterns

We provide a 24/7 service, 365 days of the year. Lists operate Monday to Saturday with out of hours on-call for evening and weekend emergencies, including transplantation. Due to the demands of the services there are various shift patterns across all specialties - some specialties are required to participate in an on-call rota. 

Staff groups

We have the following staff working within the departments:

  • Matron
  • Sister/Charge Nurse
  • Clinical Educator
  • Surgical Care Practitioners
  • Advanced Scrub Practitioners
  • Staff Nurses and Operating Department Practitioners
  • Assistant Practitioners
  • Critical Care Assistants
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Admin and Clerical Support
  • Receptionists
  • Theatre Orderlies
  • Storeman
  • Housekeeper.

Cardiothoracic Services also have Perfusionists, Cardiac Physiologists and Radiographers.

Staff training

We provide a preceptorship package to all newly-qualified staff,  in addition to this a supernumerary period is given depending on level of skills & experience of applicant . Specific competency packages are provided for each speciality along with education support and a Theatre specific Induction day, E.P sedation course and Clinical Skills training from the Clinical Education Team.

For more information about working in Theatres, Anesthetics and Recovery, please contact:

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