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Theatre Practitioner

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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, Upper GI, Colorectal, Liver and endocrine surgery.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work within the theatres team in anaesthetics, scrub or recovery. There would be opportunity to rotate within the disciplines and this would be supported by the theatre team.

The theatre team also support additional services within the trust such as ITU, Resus, and A and E and all applicants will be supported to train in these areas.

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.

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.

To hear more about our achievements click here

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Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Ensure all theatre equipment and instruments required for the safe delivery of patient care are available and in working order prior to the commencement of an elective or emergency operating list.

Assist in the preparation and cleaning of the theatre suite, as per standard operating procedures.

Ensure all information pertaining to the patients identification and planned surgery is correct, as per departmental guidance.

Participate as a scrubbed member of the theatre team and carry out safety checks on swabs, instruments and needles in conjunction with a second person and reporting on the same to the surgeon, as per departmental policy.

Act as a circulating member of the operating team.

The post holder may be required to stand for long periods when assisting with surgical procedures and to have physical skill and dexterity when handling equipment.

Assist with the safe disposal of instrumentation and clinical waste e.g. body fluids, tissue at the end of surgery, as per departmental, Trust guidance.

Advise Unit Co-ordinator or person in charge of any proposed changes in the order of the operating list.

For a full list of duties, please refer to the attached job description and person specification

Person Specification



  • Ability to work in changing environments



  • Supportive of colleagues and patients



  • Registered ODP, current HCPC registration (applicable to ODP) or 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

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool Hospital

Prescot Street


L7 8XP

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