Perioperative Practice Educator

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experience perioperative professional to join the Clinical Practice and Education Team (Theatres) on a 12 month secondment - the post is part time (27.5 hours per week). Applications are invited from those experienced in perioperative education and those looking for a development opportunity.

The postholder will provide clinical education support within the peri-operative setting to a range of colleagues within the multidisciplinary team, including students form a range of higher education institutes. This will include the delivery of education to the multidisciplinary team, auditing against national standards and simulation training. This post holder will contribute to the development of relevant policies and procedures.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an experienced NMC / HCPC registered theatre practitioner or nurse who will utilise their clinical expertise to support the continuous practice improvement of the perioperative multidisciplinary team. The postholder will be expected to demonstrate their inspirational leadership qualities to facilitate high quality, safe clinical care to patients in the perioperative setting.

The post holder will support the Theatre Leadership Team to ensure standards of practice and care quality are upheld this includes supporting the learning and development of others and contributing to the development and implementation of improvement ideas.

About us

Our aim is to continuously deliver high quality, safe patient care in the perioperative setting. Our drive for continuous improvement is an integral part of our Trust ambition and we work collaboratively to improve the experience for our patients and our impact on the environment. We also are embarking on an Improving Together journey which will support clinical teams to make local quality improvements within the department.

We have 15 operating Theatres, 2 recovery areas, a Day Surgery Unit and a 23-hour, surgical short stay unit within our department. We are an inclusive team and work together with a shared goal of delivering high quality, evidence based, safe perioperative care. We have ambitious plans to develop our services to meet the needs of our patients, staff, as well as the expectations of our commissioners, regulators and other health partners.

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.

ServiceWe will put our patients first

TeamworkWe will work together

Ambition We will aspire to provide the best service

RespectWe will act with integrity

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Act as an expert resource for matters relating to perioperative practice and education.2. Maintain clinical expertise by keeping up to date with local/national policies, developments and initiatives relevant to professional area utilising knowledge to inform current and future practice.3. Develop, promote and deliver education programmes, utilising internal external resources as required, to facilitate the development of knowledge and clinical competency.4. Develop relationships with Higher Education institutes and other external organisations to ensure a proactive approach to education within the clinical setting, including reporting of issues relevant tolearning.

Please see full Job description and personal specification attached.

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse or registered Operating Department Practitioner
  • Current registration with either NMC or HCPC
  • Teaching / Assessing / Mentorship qualification.
  • Supervision / Management / Leadership qualification or equivalent level of training / experience / willingness to achieve.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Completion of a validated, university accredited, Surgical First Assistant programme of study to support extended scope of practice.



  • Extensive perioperative experience across a broad range of specialities in line with scope of practice.
  • Substantial experience in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of perioperative care, using an evidence-based approach.
  • Evidence of supervising junior staff and leading clinical teams
  • Evidence of supporting colleagues / mentoring learners / facilitating learning within the perioperative environment
  • Experience of developing and delivering education programmes to facilitate high quality, safe clinical care.
  • Experience of understanding and implementing / Trust policies and procedures.


  • Experience in more than 1 perioperative discipline (Anaesthetics, Scrub and Post Anaesthetic Care)
  • Experience of auditing standards of care and suggesting / developing corrective actions across the perioperative environment
  • Experience of managing HR processes (e.g., sickness absence)
  • Evidence of post registration CPD and recent experience as a Surgical First Assistant / ability to demonstrate specialist knowledge / competence to undertake Surgical First Assistant role
  • Experience of developing policies and procedures to support practice.



  • Demonstrates effective written and verbal communication skills, particularly where there are barriers to understanding.
  • Demonstrates effective written and verbal communication skills, particularly where there are barriers to understanding.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant local and national guidance / perioperative standards.
  • Ability to undertake CPD activities commensurate to the role, including keeping relevant logs to support annual appraisal / validation of extended role competencies
  • Ability to undertake role / problem solve using clinical expertise and experience, guided by appropriate trust policies / standard operating procedures / guidelines and best practice.
  • Ability to escalate concerns when additional support / decision making required
  • Basic IT skills - word, excel, power points, emails.


  • Ability to develop audit programmes to support improvements in practice, particularly in the surgical setting.
  • Theoretical knowledge / understanding of the Surgical First Assistant role and scope of practice
  • Knowledge of health and social care education

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Marlborough Road



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