Bank Theatre Practitioner - Band 5

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

View more

Other Health Profession
Band 5
Part Time
Job summary

Bank Registered Theatre Practitioner - Band 5. Flexible working/any hours considered.

Are you Registered Nurse or an ODP?

Are you undecided, & not sure where your future lies?

We are looking for ODPs and Nurses to join our Theatre team .

The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is committed to achieving excellence in all we do. We are passionate about providing the highest quality care and aim to be the hospital our local communities choose first, every time

Our Trust Vision and Values are of great importance to us, we believe in demonstrating Collaboration, Honesty, Accountability, Innovation and Respect in all aspects of our professional roles.

Our Trust has excellent opportunities for experienced and newly qualified Band 5 Theatre Practitioners to develop, enhance, consolidate and excel in their Theatre Skills.

Our Operating Theatres are expanding and are currently undergoing refurbishment in preparation for the exciting challenge of rebuilding our service. We are a rapidly developing department, catering for a wide range of specialties, electively or in a trauma situation.

Main duties of the job

Clinical Responsibilities

As a Registered Theatre Practitioner (RTP), you will provide high quality skilled theatre assistance, including scrub and circulatory duties throughout a range of specialities, and also demonstrate good communication skills to work within a multidisciplinary perioperative team.

Ensure all accurate record keeping in accordance with the NMC/ HCPC code at all times

Development opportunities

The department actively encourages training and development opportunities, therefore, the successful applicant will need to be committed to the educational needs of the department and be expected to promote the high standards of patient care provided by the West Suffolk Hospital

The West Suffolk Hospital has a rich history in Theatre Practitioner development into management , education and advanced practice, which have included:

Clinical Team Leaders

Departmental and Clinical Team Managers

Clinical Educational Supervisors

Resuscitation Practitioner

Advanced Scrub Practitioners

Surgical Care Practitioners (training approved by the Royal College of Surgeons)

Anaesthesia Associates ( training approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists )

Clinical Equipment Technologist (ITU & Theatres)

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description for full details.


Ensure practice is in accordance with the NMC/HCPC code of conduct and within limits of competence

With appropriate training and supervision, undertake a full range of theatre duties in the anaesthetic / surgical / recovery role

Ensure that patient safety, dignity, confidentiality and comfort are paramount.

Ensure patients rights are respected and act as their advocate when needed.

Ensure that skilled care is given to patients and that all drugs and treatments are administered as prescribed and documented in accordance with Trust policy.

Prepare and assemble specialist equipment and instrumentation

Ensure that effective communication takes place between patients, staff, relatives and carers as appropriate.

Ensure that all practice is in accordance with established procedures and protocols, and conform to the units operational policy.

Support and encourage the concept of team working and developing good working relationships within the department and within the Trust.

Promote and support multi-disciplinary teamwork in the delivery of high standard of patient care in the perioperative setting

Assess, monitor and evaluate the care needs of the peri-operative patient, gaining the comprehensive understanding of the patient's condition and reporting effectively to the appropriate person.

Report any areas of concern to your line manager and/or Clinical Team Manager

Act as an accountable practitioner taking every opportunity to sustain and improve knowledge and professional competence in all aspects of perioperative care.


Promote and maintain an environment conducive to learning and development for all staff.

Support the educational and development needs of colleagues and trainees.

Ensure the effective orientation of staff new to the Department.

Identify own training, development and educational needs and agree with team leader.

Be aware of the role of audit and research and update own practice with reference to research findings.


Participate in implementing, evaluating and improving standards, and the development of research based practice.

Ensure that practices within the multidisciplinary team conform to National, Trust and Department guidelines. Report and participate in benchmarking and governance groups.

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Trust and departmental policies regarding Fire, Health and Safety, Risk Management and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.

Participate in the Personal Development Plan programme


Display a professional attitude at all times.

Maintain a portfolio that reflects knowledge and skills acquired and demonstrates a commitment to professional development and satisfies the requirements of the NMC/HCPC as appropriate.

Contribute to the philosophy of continual professional development by taking an active role in practice development and the review of clinical practices.

Demonstrate a commitment to making best use of resources to ensure the maintenance and improvement of service delivery to patients and staff.

Deputise for the Clinical Team Leader (B6) in his/her absence.

Assist the Theatre Clinical Leader in providing leadership and facilitate appropriate skill mix for the Operating Theatre Lists.

Demonstrate leadership by personal example, fostering good interpersonal relationships and encouraging and developing high staff morale.

Assist with Co-ordination of patient activity, staffing and utilisation within the clinical area in order to deliver high quality health care.

Assist the Clinical Team Leader supervise the activity within the unit and share responsibility for setting standards and supervising safe clinical practice while adhering to West Suffolk Hospital Operating Theatre Guidlines.

Ensure that thorough data recording is undertaken, both paper and electronic, to support robust statistical information gathering and recording.

Act as a resource for the support and guidance of staff, patients and relatives.

Contribute to the development and updating of training packages relating to specific areas and skills, in conjunction with the Clinical Team Leader and/or Professional Development lead.

Person Specification



  • Essential criteria
  • 1st Level Nurse on part 1 or 12 of the NMC Register ODA CG 752 / ODP NVQ Level 3 / DipHE ODP HCPC Professional Registrant


  • Desirable criteria
  • ENB 998 or C&G 730 A1 Assessors award ENB 176 /183/182 or equivalent Preparation for Mentorship Specific Theatre qualification or equivalent ability



  • Essential criteria
  • Interest and commitment to philosophy of the Theatre suite


  • Desirable criteria
  • Post-qualification experience in a peri-operative environment Experience of staff supervision and training

Knowledge and Skills


  • Essential criteria
  • Understands and practices the principles of confidentiality Organisational skills Supervisory skills Decision making & planning IT skills


  • Desirable criteria
  • Enhanced practice skills commensurate to area Evidence of professional development in last 12 months

Personal Qualities


  • Essential criteria
  • Good communication skills Flexible approach to working hours/duties Self-motivated and able to act on own initiative. Act as role model Understand the concept of team work


  • Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of analytical thinking and problem solving.

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