Clinical Officer Anaesthetist

Job Description

The Clinical Officer Anaesthetist is overall responsible for providing anaesthetic management to all patients undergoing surgical procedures, both emergency and elective, at the IRC Hagadera Hospital.

Key Responsibilities


Program Management:

Formulate department objectives with the help of medical officer in charge of hospital.
Ensure use of standard operating procedures, protocols and guidelines in management of patients is followed.

Program Activities

Responsible for giving anaesthesia to all emergency and elective cases conducted in theatre, both minor and major surgeries
Conduct peri-operative (pre and post) review of all patients within 24 hours
Supervise theatre staffs and ensure smooth running of theatre activities and procedures in addition to allocating the support staffs duties
Assist in management of very sick patients in the ward when called upon e.g. patients who need urgent resuscitation and intubation
Be part of the emergency trauma team and called upon in case of an accident with mass causalities
Attend and participate in the daily morning hospital hand over meetings
Participate in weekly continuous medical education (CME) at the hospital
Conduct on-job training of staff through both practical and theory sessions
Do theatre coverage and on-call, ensuring 24 hour coverage
Properly cover nights and weekends, arrange a rotation schedule with fellow clinical officer anaesthetist
Perform routine clinical work as required by your supervisor
Participate in camp health surveys/campaigns/surgical camps as required
Keep complete and accurate inventory of medicines and supplies located at the theatre and monitor and supervise their usage
Ensure all medication equipment ,  supplies required for anaesthesia are ordered in good time
Ensure the anaesthetic machine and operating table are well maintained and report any fault, need for repair or maintenance in good time
Provide health talks to patients/clients on day to day basis


Reporting and Coordination:

Ensure proper documentation of all anaesthetic procedures, and condition of the patient including vital signs and medication given
Submit weekly theatre reports to the HIS officer
Compile and submit monthly theatre reports to the MO in charge of hospital  on a timely basis

Other Special Duties other than provision of Anaesthesia:

Attend to minor Surgical cases and procedures referred to theatre not attended to by the MO (Esophageal foreign body removal, Ear and nose foreign body removal, Circumcisions, Ganglions and Lipomas excisions)


Key result areas

Ensure quality anaesthetic management for all patients undergoing surgical interventions
Ensure that universal precautions and infection prevention guidelines are adhered to



Registered Clinical Officer Anaesthetist with a Higher National Diploma(HND) in Anaesthesia and Surgery from KMTC or recognized Medical training institution
Registered with the Clinical officers Council of Kenya
At least 2 years experience as an Anaesthetists in a busy hospital setup


Required Experience & Competencies:

Good clinical and anaesthetic skills
Proven leadership, communication, interpersonal, decision making skills
Good team player
Excellent oral and written communication skills (English and Swahili)
Computer literacy in the use of MS Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook is required
Ability to work and deliver results with minimum supervision
Demonstrated ability to work as a team player
Experience of working in hardship area is an added advantage
Cultural sensitivity



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