Recovery Nurse

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

View more

Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Cardiac Recovery Plymouth has an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 registered Nurses/ODPs to complement our multi-disciplinary team. As part of the multi-disciplinary team, your skills will be valued as you will work alongside other healthcare professionals providing high quality patient centred care. Within the department complex, patients undergo a wide variety of cardiac procedures and due to a current refurbishment plan we are looking to expand our team.

The expectation is that you will work within Cardiothoracic Recovery, supported by undertaking an in-house training package that is personal to your developmental requirements. On completion of in-house training there will be a requirement to participate in the on-call rota.

We are committed to building a dynamic, flexible and enthusiastic team that will support in delivering our services and work towards achieving the Plymouth vision for the future.

Our shifts are between the hours of 08:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday, with an on-call commitment for nights and weekends.


***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

The post holder will be responsible for implementing, coordinating and delivering effective, high quality perioperative care for the surgical patient, following a client-centred model of practice and ensuring area of work runs smoothly and efficiently.

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 the Recovery 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 carers, 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.

Person Specification



  • Registered with NMC/HPC


  • Competent in anaesthetics, scrub or recovery.
  • Ability to demonstrate managerial or leadership potential.



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


  • Accredited specialist training.
  • Mentorship qualification
  • NVQ Assessor.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust





Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert