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Head of Nursing for Theatres

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you ready for this exciting new role? Do you have a passion for theatre services?

A fantastic opportunity has arisen with the creation of a new post at University Hospitals Plymouth for a Head of Nursing for Theatres. We are looking for a Nurse or ODP to become our Head of Perioperative Services (Clinical). You will be a highly dynamic and self-motivated individual with extensive perioperative demonstrable experience. We are looking for someone to join our expanding theatre services with over 30 theatres and further theatres estates developments underway. Your key will be to drive and manage theatre productivity, you will be the Strategic lead (clinical) for perioperative services, and the development of patient centred practice throughout the pathway to ensure provision of a high quality and responsive workforce upholding high standards of patient experience.

Please make contact to have a look around, talk to staff and find out more about this exciting role.

***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.***

Relocation package may be available.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will work as part of the Care Group management team arrangements with responsibility for ensuring that quality, performance and service standards and cost are an integral part of and inform decision making.
  • The post holder will have full management responsibility for all nursing and AHPs within perioperative services and anaesthesia.
  • The post holder by supporting the delivery of the Care Group operating plan will need to take responsibility for a wide range of areas including operational management and clinical delivery, redesign, productivity, governance and regulatory compliance plans.
  • The Head of Perioperative Services (Clinical) will have direct managerial responsibility for senior nursing / AHP and matron roles within the peri operative framework, supporting them in their delivery of responsibilities within their respective service lines, working in association with their service line management teams.

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

  • To drive the productivity of theatre sessions, engaging teams and standardising ways of working.
  • To be responsible for the professional leadership and development of the workforce within theatre central / perioperative services in order to facilitate the delivery of excellent clinical practice.
  • To lead by example, working within the Trust values to empower and develop leadership of all the relevant workforce, enabling each member of staff to perform to the best of their ability providing high quality patient care within available resources.
  • To deliver the workforce strategy within the theatre portfolio, this will form an integral part of the Care Group strategy and in year operational work plan.
  • To provide professional advice to the Care Group Manager, Care Group Director, clinicians, and other senior managers within the Trust with specific relation to theatres. To act as a clinical expert resource for safety, governance, service/ pathway reviews, development and workforce redesign
  • To participate as a senior member of the Care Group Management team for supporting business planning, service developments and operational delivery including achievement of performance targets.
  • To be accountable for the standard of care and practice within perioperative services. To lead in implementing and maintaining the quality governance, patient experience and risk management work plan, including the evidence of CQC essential standards and outcomes.
  • To take responsibility for the quality governance portfolios of work including complaints, risks, safety, quality, effectiveness, and patient experience, ensuring high impact, measurable outcomes are delivered in mitigating risk and improving quality, safety and patient experience relating to perioperative services.
  • To facilitate and challenge clinical practice and processes and involve relevant staff in improving patients services and quality. Developing approaches for the utilisation of best practice and research evidence which supports nursing and improves patients experience.
  • To assist the care group management team in financial management of theatres by managing within budgets, developing, and delivering financial improvement programmes, complying with Trust financial rules, recognising and balancing finance versus quality/safety/efficiency.
  • To directly line manage and provide professional leadership to the senior nursing community e.g. AHP, CNS, ACP, Matron and lead on performance management of the senior workforce community on their nursing budgets, ensuring controls for workforce management (such as temporary staff, rostering, management of lead and absence) are robust.
  • Budget holder for senior nurses within line management.
  • To lead with the Deputy Chief Nurse Associate Chief Nurse an annual review of all skill mix and establishments, using national and professional benchmarks.

  • Person Specification



    • Current NMC/HCPC Registration.
    • Educated to Masters level or equivalent experience


    • Relevant teaching qualification/certificate

    Knowledge and Experience


    • Substantial experience working in health care within theatre and anaesthetic settings
    • Demonstratable experience of working at a Matron level
    • Experience of clinical working in acute hospital settings
    • knowledge / experience of. Patient pathways relevant to the theatre environment and associated interventional suites

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Derriford Hospital


    PL6 8DH

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