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Vacancy Details

Theatre Professionals - Theatre Nurse / Operating Department Practitioners (ODP)

Falkland Islands Government
£30-39k + Relocation & Gratuity
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Stanley. Falkland Islands
Closing Date:
09/02/2020 at 23:00 PM
Falkland Islands Government

Ready for a new challenge? Want a varied and fulfilling role in theatre, working with a friendly team of primary and secondary care colleagues and a range of visiting specialists? If so, come and join our thriving community in the beautiful Falkland Islands.

The Role

A varied and challenging theatre role, you will be responsible for the only operating theatre in the Falkland Islands and will manage the theatre and associated resources to provide a quality service that allows the surgeon, anaesthetist and other visiting specialists to operate in a safe and effective environment.

You will be expected to work across all areas of the patient pathway, including supporting outpatient clinics, undertaking pre-operative assessment, providing initial recovery support and follow-up care.

Theatre professionals also support the anaesthetist, surgeon and other staff to support patients through major trauma and intensive care and will be required to support aeromedical evacuations to Montevideo for all patients who have critical life-threatening conditions.

You will lead on managing equipment, decontamination and sterilisation of equipment for the theatre and wider health service and will manage the casting service, including the application of initial back slabs, completion casts, re-casts and splitting casts pre-flight.  

The Person

We are looking for experienced and confident theatre practitioners, who have worked across a wide range of operating theatre environments in order to be able to assist the surgical team across the range of cases undertaken in the islands, including both planned and unplanned, major trauma and minor surgical cases.

There is an ongoing on-call requirement to provide out-of-hours emergency life support, should any patient in the islands require emergency stabilisation, surgical intervention or aeromedical evacuation. Thus, you will need to be flexible and willing to attend work at short notice.

Core Requirements

  • Degree or equivalent qualifications in theatre nursing / operating department practitioner training, enabling current registration with UK NMC/AHP or equivalent.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, enabling revalidation.
  • At least five years post-registration experience (ideally 7+) in theatre.
  • Experience in a wide range of operating theatre environments and able to work throughout the patient pathway from first referral to discharge from the surgical caseload.
  • ‘Can-do’ style, reflecting the need to be flexible across a range of responsibilities.

The Package

  • Initial 2-4 Years Fixed Term Contract, with potential for extension by mutual agreement.
  • Salary Range: £30-39k, starting salaries will be dependent upon experience.
  • 25% Gratuity paid upon successful completion of the contract.
  • 30 Days Annual Leave, plus government and public holidays (totalling 41 days leave)
  • Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs.
  • Flights package for you and your dependents, including mid-term return flight home.
  • Government Housing for rent at a subsidised rate and a starter pack to help you get settled in.

How to Apply

Please complete an online application via our online vacancy page, by clicking on the 'Apply Online' button and completing the form.

Applications will be open until 23.00 UK Time on Sunday 09 February 2020.

If you have any questions about this vacancy and how to apply, you can contact our HR team on recruitment@sec.gov.fk.

Please note, CVs sent directly via email will not be considered without a completed application form.

The Working Environment

Health & Social Services

Based out of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Stanley, the Health and Social Services directorate provides primary, community and secondary healthcare in the Falkland Islands, as well as social services and welfare provision for those most in need.

The Falkland Islands

Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, low crime, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!

The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.

For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.

Working for Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.

As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.

For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government and living in the Falkland Islands, take a look at our recruitment microsite: www.jobs.gov.fk

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