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Pre Operative Assessment Practitioner

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Tired of shift working, working nights or weekends? Dream of never working bank holidays again? Interested in a new challenge?

Whether you are a newly qualified Staff Nurse, ODP or Paramedic, or a Staff Nurse with clinical experience, we have an opportunity for you within our very busy Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic.

We are looking for dedicated and passionate Band 5 Registered Nurses/ HCPC practitioner to work with our Pre- Operative Assessment Team at the Maidstone Hospital.

Do you have good communication and interpersonal skills?

Do you enjoy the autonomy of having your own patients to manage but still feel part of a team?

Are you used to liaising with a wide variety of members from the multi-disciplinary team and have a passion for improving the patient's surgical pathway?

Then this could be the role for you!

Main duties of the job

Staff members in the Pre-assessment Unit play a pivotal role in delivering safe and efficient pre-operative care to the elective surgical patient. You will be working with the multi-disciplinary teams, including GP's, Surgical Consultants and Anaesthetists on a daily basis, providing effective clinical assessments to ensure our patients and their families/carers receive excellent preparation for elective surgical procedures.

As a member of the Pre-Operative Assessment Unit, you will play an important role in assessing patients for specialities including ENT, Orthopaedics, Urology, Gynae, Breast and Surgical procedures.

The Pre-operative assessment clinic has recently initiated a state of the art innovative digital preoperative assessment programme and our aim is provide all our patients with the highest standard of surgical care.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ over 6,500 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse OR professional registered with the HCPC such as Operating Department Practitioner, Paramedic, Physiotherapist etc
  • Basic Life Support provider
  • Mentorship / preceptorship course or equivalent


  • Evidence of further education since qualification e.g. diploma or degree
  • Intermediate advanced life support
  • Preoperative Assessment experience



  • Experience as a Band 5 in an acute setting or equivalent
  • Proficient clinician and clinical role model
  • Insight and understanding of current issues in nursing
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development


  • ITU / anaesthetic / preoperative assessment experience
  • Understanding of audit and benchmarking processes
  • Insight and understanding of current issues in nursing and the NHS



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of commitment to patient centred care
  • Understanding of own accountability


  • Advanced clinical skills
  • Commitment to teaching others
  • IT/keyboard skills

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