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Band 5 RN/ODP Main Recovery Practitioner - Nights

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per Annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Recovery Practitioner - Main Recovery

We would like to invite you to join our friendly team in the glorious West Country. Situated on the beautiful South West coast, Plymouth boasts many local Heritage sites and areas of 'outstanding natural interest'. At Plymouth Hospitals, we recognise that work is only a part of your life - and the Trust is ideally located for walking, cycling, climbing, sailing and many other indoor and outdoor pursuits. Plymouth also has good transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe via road, rail and sea.

Plymouth Hospitals is a large acute trust in the Southwest of England, situated on the Devon and Cornwall border and provides perioperative care for elective and emergency patients across the region. The hospital is a designated Trauma Centre and tertiary referral centre for Neurological and Cardiac patients. The trust is a teaching hospital with close links to the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Plymouth.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a registered RN/ODP to join our lovely teams. The successful candidate for the Recovery post must be an enthusiastic and positive individual, with a 'can do' attitude. All skills can be taught so no previous experience is required.

The teams currently cover 16 different surgical theatres as well as outside areas including IR, HDU and MRI. These areas cover all main surgical specialities as well as emergency/trauma surgery.

The post holder will be required to work in Main Recovery (MR) but there maybe a requirement to work in Postbridge (PB) Unit as service demand dictates, as well as work in partnership with other teams within the Theatre Central cluster. The Trust is a 24-hour trauma centre and successful applicants to the post will require a flexible approach to the rostering system and potentially would be expected to take part in an on-call rota. Even though the post is for night work there will be a requirement for the post holder to rotate onto days in order to keep their clinical skills relevant.

As a team we are dedicated to delivering high quality care for our patients and currently have an exciting and ongoing programme for improvement, which allows us to constantly review our practice and perioperative pathways.

For further information, an informal discussion about the role or to arrange a visit, please contact HODP Dave Pendleton 01752 433100 or Matron Sue Johnson via 01752 432776

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide high quality care to patients and their families during the perioperative period.
  • Under the direction of a Team Leader, the post holder will be responsible for implementing, coordinating and delivering effective, high-quality care for the patient during the perioperative period.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Following a period of preceptorship, take responsibility for the supervision of Health Care Assistants and other learners
  • Reporting and documenting all relevant patient needs, communicating changes to other health professionals in the multidisciplinary team.
  • To carry out duties within the guidelines of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct/HPC professional guidelines.
  • To contribute to the overall efficiency and development of the theatre service.
  • No direct budgetary control but must be aware of effective use of resources and cost implications
  • Act as Practitioner in charge, in the absence of the Team Leader ensuring efficient allocation of staff and resources.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice and clinical excellence and play an active role in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care.
  • To engage and interact with patients and their carer's, explaining procedures and treatments to gain co-operation, understanding and allay apprehension.
  • Assist with projects to develop and enhance patient care. Participate in the evaluation of patient outcomes, including audit, risk management and infection control.
  • Attend relevant meetings and deliver feedback.
  • To develop and achieve objectives identified through continuing appraisal of job role.
  • To develop appraisal skills and carry out appraisals and personal development plans for non-registered assistant in line with Agenda for Change and the knowledge skills framework.
  • Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate and initiate appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.
  • Maintain and continuously improve in-depth specialist knowledge relevant to the clinical area, which significantly contributes to the Trusts stated aims and objectives.
  • Report and manage untoward incidents, such as clinical emergencies, injury or drug administration errors, as detailed in Trust policies and procedures

  • To provide leadership and act as a role model to junior colleagues and staff in training.
  • Act as a Mentor/Facilitator to students and colleagues e.g. nursing, NVQ trainees and medical staff, participating in Induction programmes, guiding practice and assessing competencies to further develop staff.
  • To promote and enhance effective communication and working relationships to maintain a cohesive and effective team. Take an active role to cascade information in Team Brief and departmental meetings.
  • Work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team to maintain effective communication and good team working to ensure that work is neither overlooked nor duplicated

  • To provide a flexible approach to duty rosters and undertake any duties required fulfilling the needs of the service.
  • The post holder is required to be available for on-call duties, weekends, night duty and late shifts on a rostered basis and under negotiation, so ensuring the 24 hour emergency serviceis maintained

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in related Healthcare subject or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Proven evidence of recent CPD.
  • Proven knowledge of and ability to apply proven evidence-based practice to patient care.
  • Demonstrable computer literacy


  • see person specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Registered with NMC/HPC


  • Competent in anaesthetics, scrub or recovery.

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