Theatre Scrub Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner Band 5

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year .
Closing date
13 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe. It's a world-renowned institution and an exciting place to work, full of challenges and opportunities.

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) is one of the leading specialist orthopaedic hospitals in the country, with some of the highest levels of staff and patient satisfaction, as well as a strong reputation for innovation. We work together as a team of over 1,600 expert members of staff to make a difference for our patients and their families.

Do you want to work for a Trust that is rated outstanding for its care and delivers the best patient experience in the NHS (according to the Adult Inpatient Survey)?Now is your chance, as we are recruiting for a range of exciting clinical roles.

We would like to invite experienced theatre nurses and ODPs and newly-qualified nurses and ODP (who will be joining their professional register within the next 12 months) to come and join us at this exciting time at RJAH Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Main duties of the job

We have vacancies available right now at our world leading specialist hospital, with rotational opportunities across anaesthetics, scrub and recovery.

Working at RJAH provides an exceptional opportunity to build on your existing experience through our continuous professional development offers, or if you are newly qualified consolidate your learning through our preceptorship programme.

Our theatre practitioners provide high quality care within a friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary environment.

About us

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic NHS Trust (RJAH)is one of the leading orthopaedic hospitals in the country, with some of the highest levels of staff and patient satisfaction, as well as a strong reputation for research and innovation.

The Theatre Unit at RJAH comprises of 12 Theatres alongside a Recovery unit, a HDU and an on-site TSSU. We cover a wide spectrum of primarily elective Orthopaedic surgery including, but not exclusively, Revision & Primary Arthroplasty, Upper limb, Lower Limb, Sports Injuries, Spines, Tumour and Paediatrics.

We have a range of fantastic staff benefits on offer to everyone who joins RJAH and you'll have access to outstanding professional development opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities - including our recently-opened �6 million Headley Court Veterans' Orthopaedic Centre (the first unit of its kind in the UK).RJAH has strong links with a range of universities including Staffordshire, Keele, Glyndwr, Chester and Birmingham.The hospital is located on a site outside Oswestry, just off the A5. The nearest train station is in Gobowen, approximately two miles from the hospital. The station is part of the Chester to Birmingham line. Please note we are unable to support applicants who require OSCE, as the Trust has a separate and limited application process.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

To ensure safe quality care is provided for patients within the Unit as Trust and Unit policy.

Manage the team as a team leader, participating as an active member of the scrub and circulating team in a designated highly specialist area without supervision as appropriate using all forms of knowledge, skills and experience required in order to be able to undertake the duties competently such as check the instruments and implants for the list and any other equipment that is necessary.

To demonstrate a high level of communication and relationship skills promoting and maintaining effective liaison throughout the Unit team and with the wider multidisciplinary team.

Support the Co-ordinator in the effective and efficient management of the unit to include liaising with Recovery about amendments or changes to list (this will affect availability of instruments), informing all relevant members of the team and the Co-ordinator of the above.

To organise the multidisciplinary staff allocated to your control on a daily basis.

Be responsible for ensuring own Theatre list runs smoothly and safely; this involves extensive co-operation and communication with the whole multidisciplinary team.

Ensure the Health and Safety of all staff, patients and visitors, reporting all incidents/accidents/near misses to the Co-ordinator as a Team Leader. You will also be responsible for documenting and monitoring the safe use of all equipment (some of which is expensive and requires skill/training to use), and economic use of supplies.

To maintain an understanding of and adhere to all Trust and Unit policies and procedures and ensure attendance of mandatory annual training e.g. Fire, Manual Handling, CPR etc.

To have an understanding of Risk Management.

General Duties and Responsibilities

To enhance patient care by ensuring effective assessment of patients needs, this includes making complex decisions on issues surrounding surgical emergencies/problems requiring immediate action and co-ordinating the requirements of specialist surgery out of hours, using and developing extensive knowledge and skills underpinned by theoretical knowledge or relevant practical experience across all sub-specialisations of orthopaedic surgery, carried out within the Trust.

Be responsible for delivering personal patient programmes of care and for continual assessment, evaluation and updating of same.

To have communication and relationship skills to sensitively deal with patients and relatives who may be distressed, disorientated or anxious such as dignity of the unconscious patient, correct positioning of the patient and protection of pressure areas. Supporting and reassuring patients undergoing surgery with local and spinal anaesthesia and to be able to deliver highly sensitive or unwelcome information in an appropriate and empathetic manner; this may be required daily.

Be responsible for repair, maintenance and safe use of equipment ensuring competent knowledge and fault-finding skills. Responsible for ensuring correct provision of all cumulative parts of prosthesis implantation, pre-operatively, peri-operatively and post-operatively, involving auditing and adherence to protocol.

Daily liaise with and assist the appropriate clinical specialists in relation to individual patient care and evaluate the requirements for surgery to include both intrinsic and extrinsic requirements i.e. environment, lighting and peripheral requirements.

Ensure personally that all Nursing & Midwifery Council, Healthcare Professions Council and Continuing Professional Development requirements are met.

Take responsibility for developing the clinical skills of new and newly qualified staff within your area, acting as their mentor/preceptor and are trained to a competent level under appropriate supervision.

Ensure Trust policies and procedures are met in relation to personal professional responsibilities.

Ensure Unit policies and procedures are proposed and developed, documented and adhered to.

Ensure own mandatory training is completed annually as required.

Constantly act as a role model and resource for junior members of staff.

Be responsible for ordering, storing, dispensing and recording of drugs in accordance with Trust policy. Order by verbal, written and electronic means, record electronically or written as appropriate.

Daily input and retrieve patient information appropriate to the Unit from the Trust information technology systems including EPR, PAS Theatre Management System, TIMS, TIS and Fingerprint.

To participate in auditing, supporting and implementing necessary changes and service improvements in the Unit. Audits are carried out daily, weekly and monthly. Undertaking clinical trials on a regular basis i.e. new equipment/surgical procedures.

At all times to be responsible for appropriate control and management of resources.

Act as a link nurse, maintaining a learning environment for colleagues.

To communicate efficiently and effectively with the multidisciplinary team, other departments withinthe Trust.

Keep your Line Manager informed of changes in circumstances that may affect the delivery of safe high quality patient care. Responsible for the Department in the absence of you line manager. This may involve emergency work out of hours whatever the emergency may be.

Keep abreast of current and future nursing and peri-operative trends. Working within a highly specialised area, regularly exposed to new and unfamiliar surgical techniques and equipment, encompassing all knowledge, experience and skills.

Promote an environment of openness and support for all staff, patients and visitors.

Perform any job related duties not specifically enumerated in this job description which may be assigned by your Line Manager, but within accepted levels of accountability.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered Nurse with active NMC registration or ODP with HCPC
  • Nursing Degree/Diploma or ODP qualification


  • Theatre qualification
  • Mentorship or equivalent level of specialist skill



  • Registered Nurse or ODP


  • Experience in the theatre environment
  • Specialist orthopaedics



  • Prepared to update orthopaedic knowledge and undertake further professional education

Personal Qualities


  • Works well under pressure
  • Motivated, flexible
  • Good team player
  • Able to commit to the on call rota
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • To exemplify the Trust Values: Friendly - patients, colleagues, public are always put at ease and made welcome Excellence - ensure the care we deliver has great outcomes for patients Caring - put the patient first and be considerate of their needs Professional - apply high professional standards to your role Respect - for patients and each other

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