Main Recovery Practitioner

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per Annum
Closing date
19 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Recovery Practitioner - Main Recovery

We would like to invite you to join our friendly team in the glorious West Country. Situated on the beautiful South West coast, Plymouth boasts many local Heritage sites and areas of 'outstanding natural interest'. At Plymouth Hospitals, we recognise that work is only a part of your life - and the Trust is ideally located for walking, cycling, climbing, sailing and many other indoor and outdoor pursuits. Plymouth also has good transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe via road, rail and sea.

Plymouth Hospitals is a large acute trust in the Southwest of England, situated on the Devon and Cornwall border and provides perioperative care for elective and emergency patients across the region. The hospital is a designated Trauma Centre and tertiary referral centre for Neurological and Cardiac patients. The trust is a teaching hospital with close links to the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Plymouth.

***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.***

Main duties of the job

Recovery Practitioner - Main Recovery

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Registered Nurse/ODP to join our lovely Recovery team. The successful candidate for the Recovery post must be an enthusiastic and positive individual, with a 'can do' attitude. All skills can be taught so previous experience is not essential.

The Recovery team currently covers a 24/7 service within Theatre Central. Main Recovery cover multiple surgical disciplines both elective and emergency. The main specialities covered include Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Neurological and Spinal, Ob's & Gynae, Vascular, HPB, HDU, Trauma and Emergency.

The post holder will be required to work in all areas of the recovery unit and in partnership with other teams within the Theatre Central cluster. The Trust is a 24 hour major trauma centre and successful applicants to the Recovery post will require a flexible approach to working patterns as we work a 24 hour roster 7 days a week with On Call commitment.

As a team we are dedicated to delivering high quality care for our patients and currently have an exciting and ongoing programme for improvement, which allows us to constantly review our practice and perioperative pathways.

For further information, an informal discussion about the role or to arrange a visit to the team, please contact HODP Dave Pendletonon01752 433100 or Matron Sue Johnson via the Hospital switchboard.

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

  • Provide high quality care to patients and their families during the perioperative period.
  • Under the direction of the Recovery Team Leader, the post holder will be responsible for implementing, coordinating and delivering effective, high quality care for the patient during the perioperative period.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Following a period of preceptorship, take responsibility for the supervision of Health Care Assistants and other learners
  • Reporting and documenting all relevant patient needs, communicating changes to other health professionals in the multidisciplinary team.
  • To carry out duties within the guidelines of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct/HPC professional guidelines.
  • To contribute to the overall efficiency and development of the theatre service.
  • No direct budgetary control but must be aware of effective use of resources and cost implications
  • Act as Practitioner in charge, in the absence of the Team Leader ensuring efficient allocation of staff and resources.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice and clinical excellence and play an active role in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care.
  • To engage and interact with patients and their carers, explaining procedures and treatments to gain co-operation, understanding and allay apprehension.
  • Assist with projects to develop and enhance patient care. Participate in the evaluation of patient outcomes, including audit, risk management and infection control.
  • Attend relevant meetings and deliver feedback.
  • To develop and achieve objectives identified through continuing appraisal of job role.
  • To develop appraisal skills and carry out appraisals and personal development plans for non-registered assistant in line with Agenda for Change and the knowledge skills framework.
  • Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate and initiate appropriate training activities and encourage and support staffdevelopment and training.
  • Maintain and continuously improve in-depth specialist knowledge relevant to the clinical area, which significantly contributes to the Trusts stated aims and objectives.
  • Report and manage untoward incidents, such as clinical emergencies, injury or drug administration errors, as detailed in Trust policies and procedures

  • To provide leadership and act as a role model to junior colleagues and staff in training.
  • Act as a Mentor/Facilitator to students and colleagues e.g. nursing, NVQ trainees and medical staff, participating in Induction programmes, guiding practice and assessing competencies to further develop staff.
  • To promote and enhance effective communication and working relationships to maintain a cohesive and effective team. Take an active role to cascade information in Team Brief and departmental meetings.
  • Work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team to maintain effective communication and good team working to ensure that work is neither overlooked nor duplicated

  • To provide a flexible approach to duty rosters and undertake any duties required fulfilling the needs of the service.
  • The post holder is required to be available for on-call duties, weekends, night duty and late shifts on a rostered basis and under negotiation, thereby ensuring the 24 hour emergency serviceis maintained.

Person Specification



  • oDiploma/Degree in related Healthcare subject or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • oProven evidence of recent CPD.
  • oProven knowledge of and ability to apply proven evidence-based practice to patient care.


  • see person specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • oRegistered with NMC/HPC


  • oCompetent in anaesthetics, scrub or recovery.

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

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital

Brest Rd



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