Geoff - Deputy Team Leader Anaesthetics

Who's this?

Geoff is Deputy Team Leader in Anaesthetics at Wrightinton, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Geoff didn’t know what he wanted to do when he left school, after college he decided to have “a year out “which turned into six years working at a leisure centre. He knew a change of career was needed and just happened to be sitting next to an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) on a plane going to Ibiza on holiday and, after a three hour chat, Geoff knew that ODP was the career for him. He started as a student ODP aged 24 in 2010. His training took place at WWL in conjunction with a local university and, after three years, he gained his full qualification and was successful at interview for a Band 5 Anaesthetic/Recovery Practitioner post at Wigan Infirmary. In 2015 Geoff gained promotion to Deputy Team Leader for Anaesthetics, the role he currently works in.

What do they do?

Geoff works alongside the anaesthetist on a day to day basis looking after patients before, during and after surgery. He sets up the anaesthetic room, ensuring all relevant equipment is available in order to safely take care of the patients. He works together with the surgical team, the main focus being on the wellbeing of patients under their care. As things don’t always go to plan, he sometimes has to act fast and move to emergencies in other areas of the hospital where the team’s specific knowledge and skills are required. Geoff gained a mentorship qualification in 2016, this enables him to teach student ODP’s, which he enjoys. Geoff has been supported by the NHS to broaden his knowledge through funding to attend various courses.

What is the best part about their role?

Geoff says the best part of his job is the satisfaction of helping people. The healthy banter in theatre and the camaraderie within the team makes for a positive environment to work in and makes the working day fly by. He looks forward to coming to work and being part of a perioperative team that makes a difference in patients’ lives.

Where are they going from here?

Geoff is happy in his role at the moment but would never rule out moving to a different position. He would always like to maintain the patient contact on a day to day basis as that is the most rewarding aspect of the job for him.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.