Consultant – Anaesthetics

We have an exciting opportunity for a Consultant to work with us at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in Anaesthetics.

We are looking for a dedicated doctor ready to work at a hospital where patient care is at the forefront of their vision.

As an anaesthetist, you'll assess patients' health and discuss which type of anaesthetic is suitable for them (general, local or regional), administer appropriate anaesthetics before surgery, monitor their wellbeing during surgery and provide care after medical procedures. You'll also deal with emergencies in theatre.

Patients can range from babies to the elderly and may include pregnant women (during childbirth), those undergoing operations and those with chronic pain.



Key responsibilities

  • Assess whether a patient is fit enough to undertake an operation before surgery takes place
  • Agree on an anaesthetic plan
  • Reassure patients about what will happen during and after the operation
  • Initiate anaesthesia, providing safe pre-operative care and pain relief to patients using anaesthetics and analgesics
  • Continue anaesthesia in the operating theatre
  • Monitor patients while they're under anaesthesia to make sure they remain in a stable condition, checking their blood pressure, heart activity, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, breathing and body temperature, for example
  • Resuscitate and stabilise patients during emergencies
  • Reverse anaesthesia and relieve and manage post-operative pain to support patients' recovery


Role details

  • Speciality: Anaesthetics
  • Location: Watford
  • Shift patterns: 8:30-17:00, Monday - Friday (part time hours will be accepted)
  • Hours per week: 20-50 hours available
  • Start date: ASAP- no end date, this is on-going the client will accept short term contracts


This is a great opportunity to join Doctors Direct, which enables you to work in multiple Anaesthetic departments across the country full/part time and be paid great rates of pay.  Doctors Direct recruit to the highest of NHS standards and all candidates applying for this role must have the following:

  • Valid GMC
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Clinical attachment complete and minimum of 3 months paid experience in the NHS/UK


About the Trust

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s vision is to provide ‘The very best care for every patient, every day’ and their values are ‘commitment, care and quality. The Trust is made up of three hospitals: Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital.

Serving around half a million people in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, together the sites deliver a range of acute services including emergency, inpatient, outpatient and maternity. The Trust is proud to have firm control of hospital acquired infections, one of the safest maternity services in the country, and strong partnerships with local authorities. 


How to apply?

To find out more about this opportunity and others please call 03330 143 652 to speak to one of our dedicated recruitment consultants. If you’d like to apply, please email your CV to


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