First assistant

First assistant – role summary

First Assistants work closely with surgeons in the operating room during a surgical procedure, the role is very varied and our staff must be adaptable to change! First Assists have pre and post surgery duties responsibilities as well as during the procedure. Our First Assistants have a great deal of experience and are used to dealing with high pressure situations! Please apply and register HERE, or browse the latest first assistant jobs HERE.

Key performance indicators

As a temporary worker, you will deliver safe, compassionate and appropriate care to meet the needs of the patient group. You will adhere to local policies and procedures regarding patient care.

  1. Responsible for maintaining active status with the HCPC/NMC Register
  2. Act always in accordance with the HCPC/NMC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (SCPE)
  3. Adhere to the host trusts’ policy and procedures
  4. Responsible for maintaining compliance in accordance with Bluestones Medical guidelines
  5. Responsible for assurance of appropriate indemnity insurance
  6. Maintain a professional portfolio with evidence of learning and clinical hours in accordance with HCPC/NMC
  7. Responsible for reporting any patient safety concerns to Bluestones Medical Divisional Manager: Clinical & Compliance
  8. Comply with infection prevention control policies and procedures at all times
  9. To report any clinical incident via the correct route according to clinical area in addition to reporting to Bluestones Medical Divisional Manager: Clinical & Compliance

Key responsibilities

  1. To provide skilled assistance to the Surgeon and care for the patient during the operation
  2. Preparation of equipment prior to commencement of lists to include assembling and function testing as per local policy
  3. Preparation of additional equipment required by the surgical team
  4. Confirmation with theatre staff of patient identity and other relevant information using the pre-operative checklist
  5. Work collaboratively with other Health Care Professionals and agencies to ensure that patient needs are met
  6. Establish and maintain effective communication with patients and members of the multi-disciplinary team where appropriate
  7. Recognise and respond accordingly to urgent and emergency situations
  8. Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others
  9. Develop own skills and competencies. Ensure that the clinical area assigned to is within personal skill set and that local guidelines are adhered to
  10. Ensure compliance with policies, standard operating procedures and clinical guidelines for self and others
  11. Be committed to and adhere to monitoring standards of care
  12. Ensure your daily practice fulfils your professional roles advocate and accountability
  13. Ensure competency and safe maintenance of all medical devices within the sphere of responsibility and local guidelines
  14. To report any accidents/incidents in accordance with trust policy
  15. To ensure that the Bluestones Medical workers handbook and terms and conditions are adhered to when working as an advocate of Bluestones Medical
  16. Flexible attitude with a positive approach to change

To enable temporary workers to complete clinical shifts, First Assistants must be able to provide evidence of:


  1. ODP/NMC qualification
  2. First Assistant certificate
  3. Additional qualifications in specified areas as required
  4. Evidence of continued learning
  5. DBS Clearance/update service


  1. Excellent communication skills
  2. Knowledge of importance of quality of care and changes in practice
  3. Ability to work in differing areas as required
  4. Proven clinical expertise
  5. Mandatory training in date as per protocol
  6. 6-month post qualification experience in a clinical setting

Apply and register

If this role sounds like the one for you, then complete the short form below to complete your registration and alert our team to your interest in a role like this.

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