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Senior Recovery Practitioner

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year HCAS inclusive per annum
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Senior Recovery Practitioner has a strong knowledge and experience in operating theatres/ recovery unit with an excellent understanding of the perioperative needs of patients and a wide knowledge of peri-operative nursing practices and procedures.

You must be organised, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience of supervising a team providing the highest standard of patient care across a caseload of post thoracic surgery and urology cases.

The ideal candidate must be motivated and enthusiastic with a passion for high quality patient care, as well as the ability to work under pressure as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

As a senior, you will be required to function effectively as the nurse in charge of the recovery unit to ensure the provision of and efficient and high quality surgical service.

Ensure a welcoming, caring and safe environment, as well as promoting, maintaining and monitoring standards in accordance with the guidelines of the NMC/HCPC and CQC.

Evidence of leading teams, supervising new starters/ junior staff/ students and supporting programmes of learning.

Main duties of the job

As a senior recovery practitioner, you will be responsible for the post-operative care of patients following surgery in the recovery area.

You will be responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating programmes of care including admission and discharge planning for each patient in the recovery area without direct supervision.

You will supervise and support qualified and unqualified staff, ensuring that all staff is able to provide the highest standard of care and promoting best evidence-based practice.

To promote and maintain effective communication with the members of the multi-disciplinary team, collaborating with the medical team on post-operative care and facilitating timely interventions.

To update the patient medical records and to report any incidents in line with the Trust policies.

To demonstrate leadership skills and experience in the management of the unit by taking charge of the recovery department in the absence of the Lead Practitioner.

About us

At UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) our success starts with you.

This is an exciting opportunity to join of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation and a tradition of innovation.

Based in the busy West End of London, we have a lively and vibrant working atmosphere, with quick and easy transport links to all our sites. Our size and resources enable us to offer a range of attractive benefits as well as unparalleled education and development opportunities for staff at all levels. This includes an extensive portfolio of academic and clinical courses and programmes ranging from ongoing personal development through to clinical excellence and leadership skills. UCLH prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing.

UCLH at Westmoreland Street Hospital provides Thoracic surgery and Urology services for the Trust. In 2020 Westmoreland Street Hospital was listed among the top 100 best specialized hospitals in the world by Newsweek.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work according to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines as a named nurse or key worker (with facilitation) for a defined group of patients and take responsibility for:
    • Protecting and supporting the health of individual patients and clients acting as their advocate when necessary within the multi-disciplinary team.
    • Assessment of care and health education needs
    • Development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care including discharge planning for each patient
  • To provide a high standard of holistic patient-centred care
  • To promote and maintain effective communication
  • To work in accordance with UCLH Nursing and Midwifery Strategy and Core Standards and contribute towards achieving the Trusts Top 10 Objectives
  • To develop leadership skills and experience in the management of the department and provide high level of specialist clinical leadership
  • To take charge of the ward/department/specific theatre in the absence of a Lead Practitioner
  • To participate in clinical supervision programmes as appropriate and teach and act as a facilitator/ mentor/ preceptor to junior staff and others.
  • To review nursing practice, implementing appropriate changes based on research and best practice.
  • To develop and implement Audit, Quality and Risk Management initiatives

  • Person Specification

    Knowledge & Qualifications


    • Registered Nurse Part 1, 2 or relevant section of the register
    • Teaching course


    • NVQ assessor
    • Qualification in this specialty



    • Previous experience at Band 5 (minimum 4 years)
    • Previous experience in this specialty



    • Communicates effectively verbally, in writing and in electronic formats

    Personal And People Development


    • Demonstrates evidence of professional development in line with KSF, maintains updated Portfolio
    • Demonstrates an awareness of the role of preceptor/facilitator
    • Reflective in Practice
    • Demonstrates evidence of ability to educate others



    • Demonstrates understanding of principles of Clinical Governance, e.g. Risk Management, audit & quality

    Provision of care to meet health and wellbeing needs


    • Articulates reasons for desire to work in this clinical areas

    People management


    • Able to take charge of ward in absence of senior staff

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