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Surgical First Assistant Bank

Posted 23 March by BMI Ended

BMI Healthcare has a reputation based on 30 years of clinical excellence and commitment to our patients and staff. Our mission is to deliver exceptional experiences for the patients treated in hospitals throughout the UK – and to do that, we need exceptional people.

BMI Healthcare’s Manor Hospitalhas a vacancy for a Surgicial First Assistant to join their team of staff in the Theatre department.

This is a bank role working on an “as and when required” basis, you will be required to supplement staffing levels during busy periods and provide cover for existing staff in times of annual leave or absence.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrable skills and an underpinning knowledge beyond the standard level of knowledge expected of a qualified perioperative practitioner.
  • Practitioners must have completed SFA accredited awards, such as an Advanced Scrub Practitioner module an SFA in-house training course developed by an individual healthcare organisation or an award or module run by a higher education institution.
  • Must provide evidence of continuous competent assistance under the direct supervision of the operating surgeon, e.g., logbook of procedures assisted with.
  • Registered Practitioner with NMC or HCPC registration.
  • Previous experience working within a caring environment.

Duties of this role include:     

  • A Surgical First Assistant (SFA) is a registered healthcare professional who provides continuous competent and dedicated assistance under direct and indirect supervision of the operating surgeon throughout the procedure, whilst not performing any form of surgical intervention (PCC 2012).
  • Assist with retraction of tissues, Suctioning, irrigating, or sponging.
  • Assist with haemostasis including the use of electro-surgery and the application of haemostatic agents.
  • Cutting sutures.Applying tourniquets and demonstrating awareness of the indications/ contraindications for use with knowledge of side effects of extended use.
  • Assist with closure of skin as per surgeon’s preference.
  • Application of dressing as per surgeon’s preference.

Please see attached role profile for further detailed information on the responsibilities and accountabilities of this vacancy.

Salary & Benefits:

BMI Healthcare offers a competitive hourly rate.


If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please complete our brief online application form and ensure to upload the most recent copy of CV.  We aim to respond to your application within 14 days of the closing date.  

Reference: 34345102

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