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Theatre Practitioner

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Liverpool University Hospital Foundation Trust (LUHFT) for either a registered nurse or operating department practitioner to join the Theatre team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual to work within our busy theatres complex. We are proud of our ethos of welcoming new practitioners and providing a supportive, team orientated environment. We provide an in depth induction and an excellent preceptorship package for both newly qualified and experienced applicants.

The successful applicant will work as part of a combined theatres team consisting of 44 theatres across 3 sites in Liverpool. Specialties include Breast, Trauma and Orthopaedics, HPB, Vascular and endocrine surgery.

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the 24- hour, 7- day service offered and be required to partake in a flexible work pattern to meet the needs of the service.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work within the Theatres Team in Anaesthetics. As an Anaesthetic Practitioner you must have a good knowledge and experience intra-operative practice and an excellent understanding of anaesthetics. In order to practice the role, you must be an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC) OR a NMC registered Nurse (with appropriate and accredited post-graduate anaesthetic module/course).

Newly qualified ODP's are welcome to apply as we will provide a fully supported career pathway for you inclusive of comprehensive preceptorship period and a rotation through all clinical areas associated to anaesthetics.

The Theatre Anaesthetic Team also support additional services within the trust such as ITU,HDU, POCCU, Resus, A&E and other clinical areas as expert Anaesthetic Assistance is required. All applicants will be supported to train within these areas and will be fully supported by the Theatre Education Team and Anaesthetic Leads.

There would be the opportunity for rotation onto scrub or recovery at a future date should you wish to learn new skills or to consolidate existing skills. Should you choose to follow this career pathway you would be supported by the Theatre Team and Theatre Practice Education Team.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To maintain awareness of, and comply with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct, Trust policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • To demonstrate evidence of on-going professional development via a personal professional portfolio and the NHS knowledge and skills framework.
  • To maintain, at all times, professional standards and adhere to the Trust and departmental dress code policy.
  • Works collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team.
  • To communicate appropriately to all levels and disciplines, within the theatre and the Trust as appropriate.
  • Ensure all records and documentation are compiled and maintained accurately and in accordance with the N.M.C standards for record keeping and Caldicott report.
  • Deliver skilled practical care to all patients and participate in the monitoring, planning and delivery of individualised patient care.
  • With guidance from senior staff, assess situations that arise in the peri-operative environment.
  • Actively support the implementation of Evidence Based Practice and participate in clinical audits as required.
  • To participate, as required, in out of hours cover, which may include on call cover and rotation onto night duty.
  • Have an awareness of stock control; support Team Leaders in appropriate stock management.
  • Input data onto the Ormis system, in order that statistics/patient activity may be accurately compiled.
  • Ensure all equipment and instruments are maintained in accordance with manufacturers guidelines, document and report any faults immediately to senior staff.
  • Attend/participate in unit /team meetings.
  • Support staff under your supervision (theatre support workers, trainee operating department practitioners, student nurses) and act as an effective role model.
  • Ensure rigorous adherence to infection control practices including hand hygiene and universal/standard precautions.

  • Person Specification



    • Registered ODP, current HPC registration (applicable to ODP)
    • Registered nurse, current NMC registration (applicable to RN)
    • Anaesthetic qualification


    • Evidence of post registration study
    • ALS



    • Knowledge of Essence of Care, Benchmarking process
    • Ability to prioritise workload effectively
    • Knowledge of current healthcare issues and healthcare governance
    • Understanding of the application of evidence based practice
    • Ability to delegate work appropriately


    • Evidence of involvement in Benchmarking process



    • Good communication skills
    • Basic IT skills, including e-mail and word processing



    • Ability to work in changing environments



    • Supportive of colleagues and patients

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