Sister / SODP, Band 6- Head & Neck Theatres

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity to appoint a Band 6 Senior Theatre Practitioner in our Head & Neck Team at GRH. 18.5 hours a week.

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic individual who is able to, or has the potential to demonstrate strong leadership, managerial, and role modelling skills for the theatre team. The successful candidate will provide clinical support and advice to the multi-professional team while bringing a strong clinical presence and support to the Senior Sister.

We are seeking the applicant who must be able to demonstrate high quality clinical (Anaesthetic & Scrub) skills and a proven track record to lead, supervise and manage staff. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is the ability to manage innovative joint working across the theatre team and MDT.

Main duties of the job

Applicants must have extensive years' NHS experience of working at Band 5 or above, with a good working knowledge of the specialist service area, or the ability to learn quickly while establishing themselves in the new role.

This post will offer the successful candidate a real opportunity for personal and professional development. We are seeking someone who can demonstrate high quality clinical skills and have a proven track record to lead, supervise and manage staff. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is the ability to manage innovative joint working across the theatre team and the wider multi-disciplinary team.

For this leadership role, the successful candidate will also need to be particularly skilled at creating and maintaining a positive and healthy culture in a sometimes challenging environment. The post holder will be closely supported in the role by the Band 7 Senior Sister.

The successful candidate will need to be particularly skilled at creating and maintaining a positive and healthy culture in a sometimes challenging environment. The post holder will be closely supported in the role by the Band 7 Senior Sister.

They will be capable of demonstrating a passion for providing safe patient care while maintaining high clinical standards through strong, focused and inspirational leadership for a dedicated group of staff.

There will be evidence of ongoing professional development and a familiarity with the concept of clinical governance and its components.

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

At Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we value our staff and are committed to their development. We have a practice development team who support the training and induction of new members of staff and their development thereafter.

Gloucester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest Trusts in the country employing more than 8,000 staff, providing specialist, personalised care to a population of more than 600,000 people. We have over 30 operating theatres across three sites offering a wide range of specialities including General Surgery, Trauma, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology, Urology, Vascular, Emergency Surgery, Head & Neck, Obstetrics and Paediatrics.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To manage and professionally lead the nursing team with, and in the absence of the Band 7 Senior Sister.

To deliver and supervise patient care.

Role Purpose:

To contribute to the daily running of the operating theatre suite, ensuring the provision of the highest standards of care and services in keeping with the philosophies of the hospital, department, NMC/HCPC Code and the hospital policies and protocols

To deputise in the absence of the Senior Sister.

Core Responsibilities:

To adhere at all times to the policies and procedures laid down by Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Trust.

To work within the Data Protection Act ensuring maintenance of patient and organisation confidentiality at all times.

To communicate effectively with all departments within the Hospital.

To ensure effective communication with any external agencies, suppliers and manufacturers.

Key Accountabilities:

Deliver at all times high standards of technical and clinical care by assessment, evaluation and implementation of patient needs, through good communication and by example.

Ensure the safety, wellbeing and dignity of the patient is respected at all times and to observe the codes of confidentially and loyalty to patients, medical staff and colleagues.

Always practice within the limitation of your competence, knowledge and code of conduct and immediately report to the Senior Sister/Theatre Coordinator where these may affect your ability to provide the care required.

Provide clinical leadership to other team members.

Monitor and ensure the legibility, accuracy and completeness of patient records.

Where appropriate to role, take responsibility for timely preparation and availability of all instruments and equipment required for surgery scheduled in the theatre to which you have been assigned, and undertake, scrub and circulating duties to the level of your assessed competence.

Adhere to safety measures concerning swab, needle and instrument counts according to theatre policy.

Be accountable for your own actions/omissions.

Participate in the clinical governance initiatives of the hospital by participating in the implementation of up to date evidence based practice, clinical audit, risk management.

Ensure that all specimens are dealt with promptly and safely.

Be competent in the use of all relevant theatre equipment, ensure equipment within home theatres is serviced and ensure timely reporting of faults.

Have an understanding of the principles of Infection Control and decontamination principles of HTM 2030/2010 and assist with the compliance in this using correct aseptic techniques at all times.

Ensure that drug administration and control is in accordance with legislation and hospital policy.

Maintain a suitable learning environment for all grades of staff within your department, facilitating the development of students, and adaptation nurses and all staff.

In collaboration with the Practice Development team, where needed, assist with the development of in-house programmes and facilitate attendance at external opportunities to meet service needs and statutory requirements.

Maintain and expand your own professional knowledge and competence.

Complete appropriate training sessions as required for ongoing development of skills in order to improve the quality of care provided.

Actively participate in all quality assurance activities.

Participate in your annual performance review and work towards achieving targets as detailed in your personal development plan.

Comply with obligations in respect of Health & Safety at Work Legislation and attend mandatory training and drills.

React promptly and correctly to emergencies in the appropriate manner according to hospital procedures and training.

Have a sound knowledge and understanding of hospital and corporate policies and adhere to these.

Ensure accurate and timely revenue capture for consumables used.

Communicate effectively with the multidisciplinary team to ensure a safe and quality service.

Be innovative and flexible in order to always work in the most cost effective way possible taking into account quality and patient safety.

Be flexible in staffing situations, assisting in other areas of the department as required.

Ensure that unprofessional or unsafe conduct, accidents and complaints are fully documented and the Senior Theatre Matron informed in accordance with hospital and corporate policies.

Participate in departmental meetings.

Perform any other reasonable duties as required and are competent to do, in agreement with the Senior Sister or Theatre Matron.

Person Specification



  • NMC Level 1 RN/HCPC Registered ODP


  • Teaching and Assessing in Practice
  • Management course



  • Extensive years Theatre experience (Substantial years in H&N)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to escalate issues as they arise.
  • Ability to manage staff


  • Ability to analyse data

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Excellent clinical skills
  • Evidence of on going professional development
  • Familiar with clinical governance and incident investigation
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Surgical and aseptic technique principles

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