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Job Description.

Reference: RN/17/07
Closing Date: 24 Jul 2017

Recovery Nurse


Kingsbridge Private Hospital has created a number of new opportunities in our facility on the Lisburn Rd, Belfast.  The 3fivetwo Healthcare Group has an already established reputation for offering the very best in private healthcare.


The Group provides the highest standard of clinical skills and nursing care across an extensive range of specialties and have attracted the best doctors and surgeons in Northern Ireland. Extended group services will cover a wide range of specialist areas including Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Plastic Surgery, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, General Surgery, Spinal Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Endoscopy and Paediatric Services.





Full-Time and Part-Time available


To be discussed at interview

Responsible to

Recovery Manager/ Theatre Manager


Job Summary:

The post-holder will provide high quality direct patient care within the Hospital’s Theatre and Recovery Ward in the following areas: Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Plastic Surgery, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, General Surgery, Spinal Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, and Endoscopy.


Key Responsibilities:


1. To provide skilled nursing care and to demonstrate a high standard of nursing practice in the assessment, implementation and evaluation of patient care.

2. To ensure that care is delivered as per Hospital Policies.

3. To participate in the 'Induction Programme' of Nursing and other non-clinical staff, as applicable after appropriate training.

4. To ensure that custody, administration and recording of medication are in accordance with Hospital and NMC guidelines.

5. To inform the Theatre Sister of any matters affecting the professional standard of patient care.


Nursing Organisation


1. To supervise the professional work of non-medical staff.

2. To support other team members in their professional work.

3. To be aware of current issues and policies within the Hospital.

4. To assist the Recovery Sister with the cost-effective use of resources in patient care delivery.


Standard of Care


1. To deliver high quality patient care that is clinically effective, evidence-based and appropriate.

2. To assess, plan, implement and evaluate care as part of a collaborative programme of patient care.

3. To ensure that correct aseptic techniques are used at all times.

4. Working alongside the multi-disciplinary team, to ensure the safety of patients at all times.

5. To administer medicines in accordance with NMC guidelines and Hospital Policies and Procedures.

6. To keep accurate and complete records consistent with Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

7. To demonstrate an organised, effective and timely approach to all tasks.

8. To recognise when colleagues need assistance and offer practical support.

9. To work in a way that minimises risks to the health, safety and security of self and others.

10. To prepare appropriately for the care/intervention/treatment to be undertaken including the risks to be managed.

11. To take the appropriate action to manage an emergency, summoning assistance immediately when this is necessary.




1. To communicate effectively within the multi-disciplinary team throughout the Hospital.

2. To co-ordinate patient care and liaise effectively with other disciplines involved.

3. To maintain patient confidentiality at all times.

4. To liaise and communicate effectively with patients and relatives regarding patient care and treatment.


Health & Safety


1. To be aware of the Hospital Policies and practice in accordance with regulations.

2. To ensure safety is maintained in the post Anesthetic Recovery stage.

3. To prepare the patient psychologically and physically for any planned procedure.

4. To support others in maintaining health, safety and security.

5. To   respond   to,   record   and   report   any   adverse   events   or   incidents   relating   to   the intervention/treatment with an appropriate degree of urgency.

6. To accurately test equipment and identify any deviations from required performance standards together with their likely causes.

7. To correctly and safely install and integrate equipment components.

8. To identify and assess the potential risks involved in work activities and processes for self and others.

9. To report to the Recovery Sister any reportable incident or accidents involving staff, patients or visitors.

10. To attend annual statutory training in Fire, Manual Handling, Infection Control and Cardio- pulmonary Resuscitation.

11. To report any defective or faulty equipment to the Recovery Sister, as appropriate.

12. To ensure proper care and usage of equipment in the Theatre/Recovery area.




1. To assist with and participate in the in-service training programme (including staff orientation induction programme) to enhance patient care.

2. To maintain and up-date own professional development.

3. To supervise qualified and unqualified staff.

4. To attend annual pre-registration assessment update sessions.

5. To report on study days/courses attended to other members of Recovery staff.

6. To rotate onto various shift, as required, for professional update, to ensure statutory and personal development is achieved in line with the Personal Development Plan agreed during the annual appraisal.

7. To share updated skills with night duty staff (if applicable) to further improve 24-hour continuity of patient care.




1. With appropriate training and support, to take charge of a shift without direct supervision.

2. To participate in integrated governance and risk assessment and its reporting, as required.

3. To participate in the on-call rota for the Department.


Person Specification:




Qualifications and experience including details of specialised knowledge and skills required

Qualified RGN with Theatre/Recovery experience or ODP Diploma


Experience to include 2+ years post registration


Live NMC Registration


Up to date administration of intravenous medicines course


Experience in Anesthetic care and airways management


Experience in Orthopaedics, Endoscopy, Gynaecology, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Urology, Paediatric Surgery


Current experience in a busy Theatre/Recovery will be looked upon favourably

Special skills/abilities

Good interpersonal skills, both verbal and written


Evidence of problem solving and decision making skills


Good team player


Ability to be reflective, accept criticism and act constructively


Willingness to accept additional responsibilities


Can use own initiative


Gets on well with people at all levels

Physical make-up (i.e. speech, impact on others, general presentation and appearance)

Neat, well groomed and well presented


Clarity of speech


Good health record


Punctual time keeper

Positive role model

Additional requirements

Ability to work core hours


Flexibility for cover


Membership with a professional body




To apply, please complete an application pack and monitoring form and return to:

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