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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/09/2020.

Surgical First Assistant

Job Reference: J223-A-20-0989

The London Clinic
£44,085 - £53,157

We have an exciting opportunity for a Surgical Care Practitioner / Surgical First Assistant to join our team based at The London Clinic main hospital site in Central London, W1G 6BW (close to Regents Park & Baker Street tube stations).

Established in 1932, The London Clinic is one of the UK’s largest private hospitals, with circa 1300 employees, a total of 8 premises, and we are dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with a breadth of surgical and medical expertise.

Our main hospital spans 8 floors comprising of 234 beds and 10 theatres, including a Hybrid theatre and two minimally invasive and day surgery theatres. Specialist areas include, General surgery; ENT; Gynaecology; Hepatobiliary; Neuro-spinal; Ophthalmic; Orthopaedic; Plastic and reconstructive; Robotic; Urology; Vascular & Weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery).


Job Summary

The Surgical Care Practitioners will work as a member of the surgical team and perform surgical interventions and post-operative care under the supervision of a senior surgeon. The role combines clinical expertise, leadership and educational, research and audit skills with managerial and professional responsibilities.


  • Job Type:  This is a full-time, permanent position, working 37.5 hours per week.
  • Shifts: Mixed Shifts – Earlies & Lates, including Weekends & On-call rota.
  • Salary: The salary range for this role is £44,085 - £53,157, and will be dependent upon skills and experience.
  • Benefits package: We offer a comprehensive package which includes a contribution pension scheme (total annual contribution up to 20%), Private Medical Healthcare, 33 day’s annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays), season ticket travel loan, and a wide range of discounts with a variety of retailers and services. We also offer excellent career development; with clear career pathways and access to further education.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work as a member of the surgical team providing the highest level of patient care to a group of consultant surgeons across robotic surgery specialties.
  • Actively participate in surgical procedures at the direction of the consultant surgeon who has overall responsibility for the surgical care received by the patient.
  • Develop a strong working relationship with each consultant and be able to fully anticipate and assist according to their individual working style, ensuring their requirements to work at the highest standard are met.
  • Provide advanced surgical and anatomical knowledge, skills, leadership and training / supervision for the department, across robotic surgery and other specialties where required.
  • Ensuring the delivery of the highest standard of patient care, assisting the surgeon in maintaining a clear and safe surgical field.
  • Ultimate responsible for the standard of the environment within your identified area of responsibility, ensuring patients’ needs are met.


Skills & Experience

  • Registered Practitioner/ODP with NMC or HCPC registration.
  • Evidence of current Surgical Care Practitioner or Surgical First Assistant course/qualification.
  • Extensive post qualification experience in in operating theatres, with proven experience of robotic surgery.
  • Advanced knowledge of a range of surgical procedures and show evidence of current practice and theory in the field.
  • Excellent communication, supervisory and auditing skills with the ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team, providing a competency based training programme.
  • Highly motivated individual who has a flexible approach, with good time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.


We are an organisation that has charitable status and this helps us to drive forward our mission of reinvesting our income to deliver better patient outcomes. 

The London Clinic is proud of its diverse workforce and is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We absolutely welcome applicants from underrepresented groups; if you think you have the skills and experience for the job, please apply - we would love to hear from you regardless of your background.

The successful applicant’s offer is subject to relevant DBS, Occupational Health and Reference Checks respectively, alongside standard Right to Work Checks.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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