We asked Kevin, Theatre Manager at The Manor Hospital, Oxford what the role entails and what a day might look like for him.
How long have you worked at Nuffield Health? Since January 2019
What attracted you to your first job here? The range of surgical services and care we provide which includes the complexity, the hospital has such great potential.
What do you enjoy most about your role? Making a difference, improving the patient’s pathway and dedicating time in a supporting role to the team. We have a great team who care about the patients, are very flexible and dedicated healthcare professionals.
I most enjoy taking the time to listen to the patients, consultants and staff and take actions to improve what we do and engaging with other departments to support and grow consultant practice.
I particularly enjoy the more challenging cases which is not common for the independent sector and in addition the Cardiac and thoracis.
Tell us about a typical day in your job?
I start early each morning mostly before a lot of the team arrive, checking the day’s activity against planned, reviewing the labour, double checking we have all risks eliminated. I get involved with as many surgical briefs as possible and help drive the lists to start on time supporting all the team where I can, checking cleanliness and equipment at the same time.
I try to plan not to start any admin roles before 10:00am until I am comfortable the ship is afloat up and running and on course. My days are very busy and diverse both local and strategic planning trying to achieve a daily objective to give myself the satisfaction I have made a difference and achieved an improvement of some sort.
There is no typical day which adds to the enjoyment which I can complement with my experience not to become overwhelmed and try to complete all that is needed. I spend time around other departments engaging and helping where I can.
Do you have any key achievements that you’d like to share?
Various new procedures including cardiac, slowly implementing the departments strategy which is primarily focussed on the structure, efficiencies collaborated closely with the bookings team, bringing stability and leadership, my private list of objectives is significant based on risk and growth.
For someone looking to be a Theatre Manager, do you have any advice or top tips?
Establish your own ambitions it is not for the light hearted, one Oxford consultant told me there are 2 jobs he would never take, the prime minister and a theatre manager! Understand employment law/ H.R. policies and procedures. You must have the ability to engage at all levels and recognise commercial needs V quality and safety. Do not try and change the world in 7 days.
The professional and personal wellbeing of our staff is important to us. How do you benefit from a work life balance with us?
The hospital currently is flexible and allows me to have a worktime balance, this is passed to the team which is recognised with the flexibility required.