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The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for a passionate and motivated Scrub Nurse or Operating Department Practitioner to join our expanding theatre service at The Christie.

The Christie offers a wide range of complex procedures, requiring advanced skills from our Multi-Disciplinary Team. We offer robust trust induction and training packages, with many development opportunities for all current staff and new starters both newly qualified and experienced, ensuring high standards and skills are maintained throughout your time in The Christie. We offer a range of speciality roles within the department and in the organization which supports progression and development of staff. We are currently running a project to further develop and maintain staff skills by offering a rotational opportunity for our Practitioners to rotate into both Anesthetics and Scrub.

You will be a qualified nurse/ODP committed to delivering high quality care with a desire to further develop your career within this rewarding specialty. You will need to have good communication skills, be highly motivated and be able to work using your own initiative.

Post-holders will be enrolled on our orientation programme, with a designated mentor and programme tailored to your current level of experience and knowledge.

You will be required to work 37.50 hours, 4 or 5 days flexibly over 6 days (Monday to Saturday) with a commitment to out of hours on call.

Main duties of the job

Specialities covered are primarily oncology related Colorectal, Urology, Gynaecology and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Many surgeries taking part as a multi-speciality procedure including our leading Peritoneal Tumour Service carrying out Cytoreductive and HIPEC surgery and Total Pelvic Clearances.

We currently provide a service to both NHS patients and patients via The Christie Private Care.

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.The Christie offers a wide range of complex procedures, requiring advanced skills from our Multi-Disciplinary Team. We offer robust trust induction and training packages, with many development opportunities for all current staff and new starters both newly qualified and experienced, ensuring high standards and skills are maintained throughout your time in The Christie. We offer a range of speciality roles within the department and in the organisation which supports progression and development of staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Education, Leadership and Clinical Practice

  • To participate as a member of the Scrub team with extensive knowledge in the care of the peri-operative patient.
  • To demonstrate high standards of individual patient care with a commitment to the development of evidence-based practice.
  • To competently care for the peri-operative patient including the assessment, planning and evaluation of programs of care.
  • Liase and integrate with the multi-disciplinary team, ensuring patients receive comprehensive care and promote a team approach to working.
  • Develop good working relationships and promote effective communication between all clinical grades of staff within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ensure proficiency with all medical equipment before use in accordance with the trust medical device policy.
  • Liase with the peri-operative teams to initiate and participate in the audit and evaluation of clinical practice and surgical products in the interest of promoting quality care.
  • Work with senior colleagues to formulate practice development strategies based on audit findings.
  • Encourage and participate in initiatives to enhance quality care.
  • The post holder will be proactive towards change and change management.
  • To promote and maintain an environment conducive to professional development.
  • Take responsibility for your own professional development.
  • Participate in the theoretical and practical professional instruction of all learners, trained and untrained, including medical students and other allied medical professions.
  • To monitor the progress of learners and in particular their skills in carrying out practical procedures.
  • Demonstrate professional accountability.

  • Act as a clinical role model for new staff, reflecting the philosophy, beliefs and standards of the department.
  • Ensure that all prescribed drugs and treatments are given correctly and in accordance with Trust policy, including the correct care and custody of controlled drugs.
  • Offer help and advice to the patients relatives and friends responding to their individual needs in a caring supportive manner.
  • Ensure safe use and efficient management of equipment and supplies.
  • Assist in the maintenance of good order and cleanliness of the clinical area, in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Have access to and maintain computerised patient records in accordance with Trust policy.
  • After training be able to use the scan track system and track/trace all medical devices used in theatre.
  • Demonstrate the mandatory competencies of the Trust, attending all mandatory updates.
  • Under direction of a senior colleague work in role of Theatre co-ordinator.
  • To be part of the on call team as per the departments rota to provide an emergency cover out of hours ,weekend and bank holidays and as and when the department requires.

Person Specification



  • Ist level Registered Nurse with anaesthetic qualification or Operating department Practitioner.
  • Diploma level education in relevant practice.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development


  • Working towards Degree.
  • Mentorship and Assessment Course.
  • Be willing to undertake own further professional development.
  • Previous experience within operating theatres.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Ability to manage time and workload.
  • Ability to delegate tasks appropriately
  • Excellent communication skills - both verbally and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills able to engage and build effective relationships at all levels in stakeholder organisations.
  • Able to work equally well as part of a wider team as well as individually.
  • Ability to implement new ideas and concepts.
  • Team player and motivated to deliver high standards of patient care.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development within existing role and the ability and willingness to undertake further study in line with service needs.
  • Decision making within limitation of role, and demonstrates an awareness of own limits.


  • IT Skills
  • Ability to supervise and support junior staff members.
  • Evidence of teaching/assessing skills.

Personal Attributes


  • Innovative and a forward thinker.
  • Enthusiasm with ability to motivate others.
  • Promotes a positive attitude even in times of uncertainly.
  • Communicates in a polite and respectful manner putting the needs of the patients first at all times.
  • Positive and flexible attitude to dealing with change
  • Respond to the changing needs of the patient/service in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Treats everybody equally regardless of diversity, culture or religion.



  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT


Theatres - E00329


M20 4BX

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