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Anaesthetist

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Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports a shortage of medical practitioners in the following areas:

  • Locum and non-consultant hospital doctors
  • Registrars
  • Medical specialists - general and emergency medicine, anaesthetists, paediatricians, consultant radiologists.

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Medical Practitioners

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General practitioners; medical practitioners; house officers (hospital); registrars (hospital); consultants (hospital); surgeons;

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12,300

Part time workers: 11%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 50 / 50%
Non-Nationals: 26%
With Third Level: 100%
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At a Glance... header image

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in preventing patients from feeling pain whilst they undergo surgery and other medical procedures.


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1Total Records: 1

Dr Jan Steiner
Anaesthetist  

Jan works as an Anaesthetist in Letterkenny General Hospital. Originally from Germany, Jan completed his medical training as a general Doctor (MD) and went on to specialise as an Anaesthetist.

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The Work header image

The Anaesthetist is with the patient throughout the operation, giving the drugs necessary to keep the patient anaesthetised and ensuring the safest and optimum conditions for surgery. He or she will support the heart and respiratory systems and give invasive procedures that may prove necessary. They work in the surgical department of hospitals ensuring that the patient is prepared for, comfortable during and supervised after an operation. They also have the responsibility for the wellbeing of the patient's vital organs.  
 
Recovery from anaesthesia and surgery is under the supervision of the anaesthetic staff and takes place in the Recovery Room. The Anaesthetist is particularly concerned that the vital systems are stable at this time and that the patient is without pain. There is usually a unit for on-going cardio-respiratory monitoring and support. Anaesthetists thus specialise not only in intensive care management but also in chronic pain therapy in specialised units.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.

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Record type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure.

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Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery.

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Administer anesthetic or sedation during medical procedures, using local, intravenous, spinal, or caudal methods.

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Examine patient, obtain medical history, and use diagnostic tests to determine risk during surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures.

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Position patient on operating table to maximize patient comfort and surgical accessibility.

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Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.

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Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.

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Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.

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Order laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Anaesthesia is an emotionally rewarding speciality that requires strong inter-personal skills to look after the critically ill patient and the patient in acute and chronic pain. They must also very observing and calculating.


Entry Routesheader image

The first step in this specialist career pathway is a five to six-year undergraduate medical degree programme at one of the six medical schools in Ireland (NUIG; RCSI; TCD; UCD; UCC; UL). Candidates should check individual course details and specific entry requirements (e.g. HPAT. Application is made through the CAO.

The Medical Degree is followed by a year long Internship in an approved hospital. Following this, a junior doctor can choose to specialise as an Anaethetist.

The route from Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Anaesthesia, including Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, to Specialist Anaesthetist (SAT), is an additional six year programme (from July 2012).

The training is operated and regulated by the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (CAI) under the aegis of the Irish Medical Council (IMC). CAI is the only body recognised by the IMC to provide anaesthesia training.

Anaesthesia training is based in accredited hospitals recognised by the CAI and is structured to maximise opportunities for learning and to provide a broad range of experience in different types of hospitals and of different sub-specialties in Anaesthesia.

Training comprises a combination of practical experience, clinical learning, theoretical learning, learning in non-clinical areas, individual study, mandatory elements including simulation courses. 

Last Updated: November, 2014


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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
  Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: College of Anaesthetists Ireland (CAI)
  Address: 22 Merrion Square North, Dublin 2.
  Tel: (01) 265 0600
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Organisation: Irish Medical Council
  Address: Kingram House, Kingram Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 498 3100
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