Senior ODP / Anaesthetic Nurse Band 6

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Isleworth, Middlesex
£40,701 to £48,054 a year incl. HCAS
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Anaesthesia nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior ODP / Anaesthetic Nurse Band 6

Permanent Contract37.5 Hours per week

Are you looking to develop your existing anaesthetic skills and gain experience in new specialties?

Do you want to be part of a friendly, dynamic team at one of the leading teaching hospitals in London?

If so then, we are looking for an individual to complement our highly motivated and dynamic team at the West Middlesex University Hospital site now part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

West Middlesex University Hospital theatres provides an opportunity to develop your anaesthetic, critical care and high dependency skills within a very friendly and supportive environment. The Theatre comprises of eight operating theatres and recovery unit with eight adult bays and three paediatric bays. The units provides a wide range of surgical specialties including General, Orthopaedic, Dental, Urology, ENT, Gynaecology, Podiatry, Emergency and Trauma. With the support of the practice Development Team, we offer professional development pathways ranging from in house study courses to post graduate education.

The time you spend in both Main Theatres and two Obstetric Theatres will give you excellent opportunities to develop your anaesthetic, scrub and recovery skills and to develop existing knowledge.

Main duties of the job

  • Supporting and deputising to the Theatre/Anaesthetic Coordinator in the management of the clinical area. This will involve dealing with complex situations and having to take appropriate action in emergency or unforeseen situations.
  • Act as a clinical role model and leader for all members of staff.
  • Provide specialist clinical advice to support and facilitate high quality, individualised care to patients/clients and relatives/carers without supervision in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To be flexible in the approach to the clinical are and provide cover for any area specified within your level of competence. I.e. Nurse led discharge, Trust-wide resuscitation attendance co-ordination of emergency/trauma lists or provides high-dependence care.
  • Take an active role in rostering and rotation of staff in order to enhance their skills.
  • To act as a team leader and ensure the effective and efficient management of the theatre lists.

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals,Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people.Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's,in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for -our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe,effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate.We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminsterand are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Patient /Client Care (both direct & indirect)
  • To lead the provision of care in accordance with the Trust Policies reflecting current trends and developments in nursing/anaesthetics, and the NHS.
  • In conjunction with the staff team, to assist in developing and maintaining a Department philosophy and model of care.
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care, actively seeking evidence based practice, which will improve the quality of care and meet the needs of the patient. A holistic approach to caring should be planned that will include the appropriate level of physiological pathological spiritual, socio-economical and cultural aspects which influence the care of clients within your specific speciality.
  • Under the supervision of the Theatre/Anaesthetic Co-Ordinator to lead in setting goals and benchmarking standards of care. Develop tools to improve the quality of the service and co-ordinate clinical services across the Department.
  • To comply with and participate in the Trusts framework for Clinical Governance within the Department area.
  • In conjunction with the Theatre/Anaesthetic Coordinator provide a suitable and safe environment for the physical and psychological wellbeing of staff, patients/clients and their relatives/carers. Identify clinical risks and ensure that appropriate action is implemented in accordance with the Trust Risk Management policy.
  • Take charge of the clinical area in the absence of the Theatre/Anaesthetic Co-Ordinator.
  • In the absence or as delegated by the Theatre/Anaesthetic Co-Ordinator initiate investigations of untoward incidents, accidents, complaints and other relevant information.
  • Monitor the quality of patient care and action audit information to achieve agreed standards under the direction of the Theatre/Anaesthetic Co-Ordinator.
  • Ensure that theatre/nursing documentation is maintained to the Trust standard (including electronic records).
  • Take clinical lead in allocated specialist area of expertise including rotating in all perioperative areas Anaesthetics, Scrub and Recovery.
  • Ensure through good practice that customer care initiatives are improved and sustained. Act as a resource for advice to patients, relatives/careers and staff.
  • To actively promote a healthy lifestyle for patients and staff appreciating national strategy requirements


Provide support mechanism for sharing good practice within the Department and Trust wide. Assist in the programme and provide clinical supervision, as required for all registered nurses/ODPs working in the Department.
  • Delegate tasks and activities to a range of team members and evaluate outcomes in conjunction with the Theatre/Anaesthetic Coordinators.
  • Maintain and promote effective communication with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and other Wards/Departments, including developing your formal presentation skills.
  • Promote the corporate image of Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to all individuals, groups and organisations both within the Trust and to the community at large.
  • Participate fully as a team member, sharing knowledge and information and supporting colleagues, including support staff to promote a cohesive theatre team and the achievement of team objectives.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive learning environment for colleagues, patients and visitors.
  • Contribute to Directorate / Theatre Bleep arrangements as required.

Human Resources
  • Assist in the management of staff attendance, poor performance, disciplinary and grievance issues in the clinical area.
  • Actively manage own annual leave in line with Trust and local Policy and Procedure and as delegated help others to do the same.
  • Assist in the recruitment, retention and selection of staff.
  • Carry out 1:1s and PDRs of staff as delegated by the Theatre/Anaesthetic Understand the impact of individual PDPs on the learning needs of the department.

Financial Responsibility
  • Assist the Theatre/ Anaesthetic Coordinator in the effective and efficient use of resources by adhering to the procedures for the use of supplies, the activation of the nurse bank/alteration of nurse duty rotas and ordering or accessing of equipment.
  • Ensure appropriate staffing levels and skill mix are scheduled to reflect the workload and meet the needs of the patient.

Policy development
  • Lead on delegated projects relating to local policy development.
  • Under the supervision of the Theatre/Anaesthetic/Recovery Co-ordinator to work on delegated projects relating to local policy development.
  • To be actively involved in the implementation of Trust policies and procedures at department level, reinforcing their use.
  • To actively promote a healthy lifestyle for patients and staff appreciating national strategy requirements.

Service Development
  • o participate in staff education and development, including orientation and supervision and act as a mentor and resource for learners and the theatre team and the inter-professional team.
  • Maintain, update and develop personal and professional knowledge and skills, using the Trusts Performance Review System, enabling standards of patient care to be constantly monitored and improved.
  • To participate in the business planning process, helping to identify areas for service development.


Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered Operating Department Practitioner/Registered Nurse
  • Enhanced Practice in Anaesthesia or equivalent


  • Management Course
  • Leadership Course



  • Minimum 2 years at band 5 with relevant post-registration experience.
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance, Risk Management, National nursing and NHS strategies.


  • Experience in the supervision of junior staff / others
  • Experience in change management.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Proven communication skills both orally and in writing.
  • Proven teaching and assessing skills.
  • Adaptable to change


  • Leadership skills.

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

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


West Middlesex University Hospital

Twickenham Rd.

Isleworth, Middlesex


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