Theatre Recovery Nurse

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Plus HCA per annum
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for highly motivated and dynamic people to join our team.

In this post you are responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based patient care using clinical expertise and skill.The post holder will work collaboratively and co-operatively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, in meeting the needs of the patients.

Main duties of the job

In conjunction with the ward/ department manager be responsible for the day to day supervision of their ward/ department/team, effectively motivating, and directing staff to ensure that time and resources are managed through effective teamwork.

To ensure that staff have a clear understanding of their duties and responsibilities and of the standards of performance and conduct expected of them during their span of duty

To organise their team on a daily basis deploying staff appropriately according to their skills and experience.

To ensure that maximum usage of available bed base is always maintained by utilising agreed operational strategies to facilitate appropriate admissions, and timely discharge to meet the delivery of the wards.

In conjunction with the ward manager receive the calls, where applicable, from the care coordinator centre and liase with appropriate staff to co-ordinate admissions into the ward/department

To deputise for ward/ department manager as necessary.

In conjunction with the ward manager take responsibility for implementing and reviewing clinical practices to ensure that they are cost effective.

About us

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is a community focused provider of local and acute care, providing high quality services to over one million people living across the London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley. With a turnover of around �700 million, we provide services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, University Hospital Lewisham and a range of community settings in Lewisham. We also provide some services at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.

As an organisation, we've made significant improvements for patients and staff in the last two and-a-half years. This is reflected in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection (from February 2020), which found improvements across the organisation and gave us an improved rating of \Good in the Well-Led and Effective domains, in addition to the rating of \Good that we had already achieved in the Caring domain. Our staff culture change programme has been key to the Trust's improvement journey, as we've stabilised our workforce by reducing vacancy rates and improving staff retention. We've also significantly increased the representation of minority ethnic leaders across our clinical and corporate teams

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide support and guidance to the recovery team within the clinical area, and will assist with the training and development of junior staff and students. The post holder will take responsibility for running operating lists in conjunction with and in the absence of a Senior Theatre Practitioner.

As a member of the team, participates in establishing a positive working environment in which patients receive a high standard of care delivery.

Personally deliver a high standard of care to patients and participate in assessing, planning and evaluation of individualised patient care.

Act as team leader where required and clinical role model at all times.

Ensure that all patients are cared for in a safe environment and maintains the safety and well-being of patients, staff and visitors in line with Health and Safety guidelines.

Personally acts within and ensures adherence to all Trust and Departmental policies and procedures.

Participates in the care, custody and administration of medicines in accordance with Trust and local policy.

Assist in developing the department philosophy and framework of care in line with unit/organisational and beliefs/values.

Ensure the provision of advice, support and health information to patients and their carers in order to promote a health-based service.

Ensure workload of colleagues does not jeopardise safe standards of practice and initiate action if necessary.

Participate in the daily checking and maintenance of essential equipment.

Transports/manages people and/or items such as equipment or specimens safely and to time consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.

Maintain accurate and legible records of all clinical and legal documentation to include accident / incident reporting, with regard to NMC statutory and Trust polices.

Person Specification



  • NMC Level 1 Registration/ODP City & Guilds 752 or NVQ3 in ODP Practice.


  • o Diploma/Degree



  • Experience of working in the appropriate care setting as a qualified or student nurse
  • Ability of caring for the ill in a variety of settings as a qualified or student nurse
  • 6 months - 1 year Theatres Expereince


  • Relevant specialist course



  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to solve day to day problems
  • Ability to develop own clinical skills and widen theoretical knowledge
  • Evidence based knowledge of essential methods of care
  • Interest in developing teaching skills


  • Willingness to develop teaching skills, formally and informally

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