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Theatre Practitioner Scrub, Anaesthetics and Recovery

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum, (Pro Rata)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Within the surgical team you will help manage the preparation of the operating theatres.

Skills needed

Ability to work within a team

Ability to work in a highly technical area

Excellent problem solving and organisational skills

Excellent communication skills

Thorough, thoughtful, and conscientious approach to working


To help and support patients before surgery, preparing a wide range of specialist equipment and drugs, including anaesthetic machines, intravenous equipment and devices that safely secure the patient's airway during anaesthesia


You'll play an important part of the surgical team by preparing all the necessary equipment for surgery, including microscopes, lasers, and endoscopes

You will ensure the correct safety checks are carried out prior to the start of the procedure and are responsible for all surgical instruments, equipment, and swabs during the operation.

You will become efficient and effective in anticipating the requirements of the surgical team and responding effectively ensuring high standards of clinical outcome and best patient experience


You'll support and monitor patient on arrival to the recovery area and provide appropriate treatment until they have recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia and/or surgery assessing and treating the patient until they are discharged to a ward

Main duties of the job

Develop as an autonomous practitioner with indirect support of seniors

Prepare for emergencies that might occur

Plan the day relating to workload assessing specific requirements to deliver optimum care

Provide planned peri-operative care, focusing on individual patients' needs


Maintain a sterile field mitigating risk of infection

Accountability for swabs, needles instrumentation and equipment used for procedures

Safe specimen labelling and transportation

Return instruments for decontamination to sterile services, with appropriate paperwork and reporting defects


Provide assistance to the anaesthetist

Manage controlled drugs

Assist in transfer of critically ill patients within the hospital and externally if necessary


Carry out the preliminary checking of all required equipment

Receive patients from theatre, ensuring information pertaining to the patient's care needs, identification, anaesthetic and surgery is correct

Participate in the post-operative recovery of patients at all levels of dependency

Assess patient's condition, pain and airway requirements, administer analgesics as prescribed

Liaise with medical staff any adverse changes with the patient

Provide care for high dependency ventilated patients in the absence of HDU beds

Ensure the patient meets the discharge criteria prior to returning to the ward area

Ensure the safe and effective transfer of information regarding the patient's perioperative journey is handed over to the ward staff

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner
  • Degree or Diploma
  • Anaesthetic and Recovery Qualification
  • Scrub experience


  • Degree
  • Mentorship Qualification



  • Experience of working on own and as part of a team
  • Ability to supervise and support junior staff.
  • Evidence of teaching and assessing skills/ability.
  • Awareness of clinical Audit


  • Evidence undertaking a mentor/preceptor role
  • Experience in relevant area of practice



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Proven ability to problem- solve.
  • Demonstrates awareness of own limitations.
  • Ability to organise workload and delegate tasks appropriately.
  • Well developed organisational skills.
  • Dexterity and accuracy in physical skills.



  • Knowledge of current nursing issues
  • Knowledge of clinical governance
  • IT/ Word Processing

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Wythenshawe Hospital

Southmoor Road


M23 9LT

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