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Senior Theatre Practitioner - Recovery

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge wells
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a theatre practitioner ready to step up into a new role? Will only the best do for you and your patients? You were made for us.

We are currently looking for driven, methodical and highly motivated theatre practitioners to join our operating theatre departments as a Senior Theatre Practitioner.

Whether you are a registered nurse, Operating Department practitioner or a paediatric nurse looking for a change or to gain experience with more complex and specialist surgery and anaesthetic, we want to hear from you.

You will bring a wide range of experience and specialist knowledge to this role, and be committed providing the highest standard of individualised, holistic patient centred care within the multi-disciplinary team. You will be ready to lead by example, show exemplary communications skills and manage the physical and mental demands of supporting our 11 theatres that cover a wide range of specialities.

Main duties of the job

You should possess excellent communication skills, be able to adapt to any situation and be able to demonstrate leadership skills. You should be able to support change and keep within confines of the budgets. You must be prepared to teach others your invaluable skills and attend regular updates you will have the ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team whilst being a role model to others, you will aid the running of the theatre on a day to day basis ensuring optimum utilisation within the theatre and ensuring high standards of care are given.

The role will on occasions require deputising in the absence of the Theatre Coordinator and there is an on call element to this position as well as late shifts nights and weekend working. Mentorship is desirable.

You may be overseeing a specific theatre or discipline with support from our lead theatre practitioners acting as a mentor to new staff members or working alongside patient improvement projects to improve theatre efficiency.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ over 6,500 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

You will be expected to attend the Trusts Induction Programme for RNs,RMs and ODPs (which starts on the first day of employment). The programme is full-time (please contact the programme lead if this is problematic:, lasts for two weeks and will involve travelling to bothTrust sites.The programme includessupernumerary shifts in the clinical area and classroom-basedstudydayswhich runfrom 9am to 5pm.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Person Specification



  • RN Part 1 or 2/RSCN part 8 or 15 C& G 752/ODP NVQ level 3 Diploma/Degree
  • Or ODP Level III, evidence of CPD
  • Practice Supervisor or equivalent training or willingness to undertake
  • Relevant specialist Course (183/176/100)


  • First assistance course
  • Leadership Course
  • Front line management course
  • Degree/Masters



  • Post registration experience, including experience within the appropriate specialty
  • Demonstrate evidence based practice
  • Change Management
  • Managing clinical area as delegated
  • Clinical Governance
  • Facilitation of learning environment.
  • Risk Management
  • Audit & research


  • Recruitment & selection under undertaking IPR
  • Evidence of involvement in change resulting from research
  • Budgetary Control
  • Current NHS Issues



  • Specialist clinical Knowledge & skills
  • Ability to work within the multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrates ability to use own initiative
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Effective & concise communication skills demonstrated.
  • Demonstrate & understanding /use of constructive analysis to improve team performance.
  • Team leadership skills
  • Organisational & resource management skills


  • Organisational & resource management skills
  • Team leadership skills
  • Demonstrate & understanding /use of constructive analysis to improve team performance.

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Tonbridge Road

Tunbridge wells


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