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Theatre Team Leader - Obstetric Scrub Practitioner

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
George Eliot Hospital has an exciting opportunity for an Experienced Theatre Scrub Practitioner for Obstetric Theatres. The successful applicant will have experience in supporting the Senior Theatre Team Leader with the co-ordination of the Elective Caesarean section lists and Emergency Obstetric activity. Have detailed knowledge of instrumentation and equipment which allows the applicant to scrub/circulate for surgical procedures in the Obstetric Theatres and other specialities.

Come and join our dynamic and growing Theatre team, who are passionate about delivering the best possible care to our patients whilst maintaining high levels of quality and safety at all times.

Full time position with Unsocial hours including weekends, and some nights on a rota basis.

Main duties of the job

  • To support the Senior Team Leaders/Theatre Manager to manage a team of practitioners ensuring the development and maintenance of high standards of Perioperative care.
  • To take responsibility for the day-to-day operational and resource management of the clinical area.
  • To take the lead for specific areas of professional practice as delegated by the Senior Team Leaders.
  • Acts as a leader, delegating appropriate tasks and supervising the standard of care delivered by more junior qualified staff, unqualified staff and student nurses/ODP's in the perioperative team.
  • To take responsibility for operational and financial resource management, as delegated by Senior Team Leaders / Theatre Manager.
  • To deputise for the Senior Team Leaders in their absence.
  • In conjunction with the Professional Development Team, (Theatres), assist with the Training & Development Programmes for the following group of staff:
    • Preceptorship of Newly Qualified Practitioners,
    • Training & Development programmes Registered Practitioners
    • Return to Practice staff
    • Mentorship of Nursing/ODP students
    • Mentorship/Training & Development programmes Support Workers
  • Responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care to patients in the perioperative environment

About us

Here at George Eliot our vision to 'excel at patient care' takes centre stage. An ever evolving clinically-led acute service provider we are on a journey to continually provide high quality, safe and responsive services delivered by inspiring, friendly and compassionate staff who share our corporate values which underpin everything we do. Our values are not just words on a piece of paper, they bond us together, reflect our ambition and shape who we are:

Effective Open Communication

excellence and safety in everything we do

Challenge but support

Expect respect and dignity

Local health that inspires confidence

Benefits: On-site nursery, 27 days minimum annual leave plus bank holidays, cycle to work scheme, flexible working, on-site discounted gym, extensive in-house course learning directory, buying and selling of annual leave, subsidised restaurant, tranquillity garden and generous subsidised on-site parking.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties and Responsibilities

  • Deliver a high standard of perioperative care without direct supervision, based upon a sound evidence base.
  • To provide skilled clinical assistance to the surgical, anaesthetic and recovery teams.
  • Undertakes and document comprehensive, systematic and accurate perioperative care assessment of the physical social and spiritual needs of the patient where appropriate.
  • Creates and utilizes opportunities to promote health and wellbeing of patients in their care.
  • Leads a perioperative team to manage a group of patients throughout a shift.
  • Working within the NMC/HCPC Guidelines and Trust Policies recognising ones own abilities and limitations.
  • Maintain a good standard of communication with the multi-disciplinary team and respect the confidentiality of patients, relatives and colleagues.
  • To ensure 24 hour cover, working rotational shifts to include earlies, lates, nights, weekends and Bank Holidays.
  • Influence and monitor the standards of direct patient care delivery in accordance with best practice and operational protocols and guidelines.
  • Promote good working relationships within the perioperative teams providing appropriate advice and support.
  • Facilitate the development of standards of care and assist with the implementation of appropriate monitoring techniques.

  • Ensure that all staff working within the Policies, Procedures of the Trust in line with NMC/HCPC Guidelines.
  • Ensure that adequate resources are available to meet the needs of the patients. Assist with the management of the department resources in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Ensure that all equipment for patient use is kept in good working order in line with E.E.C. Regulations.
  • Ensure that adequate skill mix is available to meet the needs of the patients. Planning the appropriate skill mix and staffing levels using competent duty rostering skills. Make every effort to remedy deficits should they arise. If deficits are irresolvable contacting the appropriate Senior Staff for support.
  • Support Senior Team Leader in ensure that concerns and complaints from patients, visitors or colleagues are resolved where possible and report to Theatre Manager
  • Be conversant with all Trust Emergency Procedures.
  • Use computerised systems to support the provision of patient care and treatment.
  • Deputise for the Senior Team Leader.
  • As part of the Directorate Team assist with the development and implementation of the Trusts Business Plan and Strategy for Nursing.

Educational and Training
  • Maintaining a positive attitude to continuing professional education in order to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for safe and effective perioperative practice.
  • Maintaining standards by ensuring that evidenced based practice underpins all health care inventions.
  • Participate in Trust Appraisal System
  • Possess a clear understanding of Clinical Governance in relation to standards
  • In collaboration with the Senior Team Leader and the Professional Development Team (Theatre), ensure effective orientation, supervision and mentorship programmes are in place.
  • Facilitate the development of perioperative practice founded on up-to-date information and research.
  • Create a learning environment which actively facilitates learning.
  • Undertake training sessions in theatre environment evaluating effectiveness within clinical care in patients using appropriate audit tools.
  • To take responsibility for professional development including Statutory and Mandatory training for self and others as per Trust policy.

  • Ensures that the Senior Team Leader/Theatre Manager is informed of any professional concerns at the earliest opportunity.
  • Ensure that Revalidation requirements for NMC/HCPC Registration are adhered to.
  • Ensures current registration with NMC/HCPC of all Registered Practitioners.
  • To act as an ambassador for the clinical environment promoting a professional approach to leadership

Human Resources
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of staff below Band 6.
  • Ensure that the off duty/daily work rota meets the needs of the service, taking into account the skill-mix required for the theatre sessions scheduled.
  • Ensure that the Annual Leave/Bank Holiday entitlement meets the needs of the staff, skill mix and service requirement.

  • All theatre staff
  • All HSDU Staff
  • Patients and their relatives/carers
  • Surgeons and anaesthetists
  • Ward and other departmental staff
  • Representatives from appropriate firms and companies

Special Requirements
  • Provide on-call/stand-by cover as necessitated by departmental needs.
  • During night duty, may be required to call in a second team.
  • Pre-check the operating lists (all specialties competent in), to ensure that any special prosthesis/equipment required have been ordered.
  • Provide cover for extra-theatre activities e.g. maternity, cardiac arrest team, trauma team, external transfers, x-ray
  • Be able to cannulate and administer intravenous drugs
  • Be able to catheterise male and female patients

Person Specification

Qualification(s) and Professional Training


  • Professional qualification- Registered Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner
  • Teaching qualification or evidence of teaching/mentoring
  • Leadership qualification/course or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of ongoing development
  • Commitment to undertake appropriate specialist training

Experience and Knowledge


  • Relevant clinical experience in the Operating Department
  • Demonstrate commitment and ability to support staff teaching, research & education
  • Proven leadership skills, including team building, change management


  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively manage resources

Skills and Abilities


  • Proven clinical skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Physical capability to perform nursing/AHP duties, including moving and handling of patients.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to lead and motivate staff


  • Evidence of innovation within current areas of practice
  • Evidence of the ability to facilitate changes in practice

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively when under pressure.
  • Ability to organise time to meet competing priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication
  • Ability to build constructive working relationships with all staff groups
  • An enquiring and open-minded approach
  • Demonstrates resilience.
  • Act as a resource for IPC across the local health economy
  • Adaptable
  • Approachable & Enthusiastic
  • Honest
  • Responsible
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to form positive working relationships



  • Able to work flexibly during work hours to cover department needs
  • Nonsmoker in working hour
  • Flexible to meet the requirements of the Trust if required to work in other wards/departments at the request of the manager or other senior hospital manager

Trust Values


  • Effective open communication
  • Excellence and safety in all that we do
  • Challenge but support
  • Expect respect and dignity
  • Local healthcare that inspires confidence

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