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Senior Theatre Practitioner

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the theatre practitioner team at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust as a Senior Theatre Practitioner (ODP/RN/RSCN).

The post holder will be a compassionate, accountable individual who treats all colleagues, patients and service users with respect and seeks to deliver excellence in their role. They will share the Trust values and be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a key member of the senior anaesthetic practitioner team, who work as part of the wider multi disciplinary team to provide elective and emergency surgical services to children & young people.
  • Attain relevant competencies and appropriate experience as a member of the hospital's resuscitation/trauma/acute/transfer teams, attending clinical emergencies as required including an advanced paediatric life support qualification (APLS/EPALS).
  • Be solely responsible for the preparation of the anaesthetic room, general operating theatre area and specialist equipment therein. Ensure all equipment is in place to perform procedures according to individual needs of the child.
  • Exercise responsibility for the effectiveness of anaesthetic and resuscitation equipment in the department and dispersed throughout the hospital in conjunction with a clinical leads.
  • Attain relevant competencies and appropriate experience on the paediatric critical care unit, emergency department & other peripheral areas while working outside the theatre department exercising responsibility for planning and delivering patient care the preparation, checking and use of equipment used.
  • Attain relevant competencies and appropriate experience during the transfer of critically ill patients within the hospital and to other hospitals.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To maintain confidentiality of information regarding children/families at all times.

To communicate and liaise effectively with all members of the multidisciplinary team, both verbally and in writing.

Provide and receive complex or sensitive information where there are barriers to understanding.

Promote and maintain good and effective communication with patients, relatives, and visitors.

Persuade patients and families to co-operate with treatment for their well-being, effectively deal with anxious relatives.

Ensure parents/carers and the child (when appropriate), have the opportunity to agree and/or negotiate care.

Communicate with a clinical lead or a member of the theatre management team regarding any problems, untoward occurrences or accidents out of hours through the hospital nursing bleep holder.

Organise own workload and equipment required for complex clinical procedures. May plan and organise colleagues work.

HR Responsibilities

Regularly manage one theatre for a span of duty, ensuring that a safe environment and high standards of care are maintained at all times.

Plan, organise and deploy staff according to competency and workload in order to meet patient needs for a span of duty for one theatre.

Act as preceptor and mentor for junior staff and students.

Risk Management

To be able to analyse and make decisions in relation to patient risk and care in complex cases, report to a clinical lead and instigate risk management processes in line with trust policy.

Service Development

To provide high quality patient care with continuous improvement in service delivery, audit and innovation.

To assist in setting the standards of patient care based on sound research findings.

To assist to develop, introduce and apply research based findings to nursing/ODP practice.

To assist in multidisciplinary audit projects within the clinical area.

To participate and assist in systematic monitoring and evaluation of perioperative practice within the department.

Work towards understanding the development and implementation of policy relating to the delivery of services for theatres.

Professional Accountability

To be aware of the resources available for continuing education and demonstrate a positive attitude towards self-development.

Identify own personal and professional needs through the appraisal and clinical supervision process.

To ensure that personal mandatory and statutory training requirements are met in accordance with Sheffield Childrens NHSFT policies.

Has delegated lead on some clinical issues eg health and safety, infection control, etc.

Be aware of and adhere to Trusts policies and procedures.

To undertake moderate physical effort on frequent occasions during a shift e.g. moving and handling patients, moving and handling supplies and equipment.

To respond quickly and effectively to the unpredictable workload of the department and the different levels of concentration required.

Frequently cope with the emotional demands of working directly with children and families involved in distressing situations e.g. unexpected illness/Injury, life limiting conditions, child protection and challenging behaviour.

Ability to cope with unexpected death, requiring to support bereaved families and other staff members.

To have daily direct exposure to blood and body fluids.

To work with pharmaceutical products in accordance with Trust policies and national legislation.

Could be exposed to verbal and/or physical aggression.

Direct Clinical Duties

To supervise planning and organisation of patient investigations, treatments on a day-to-day basis.

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care for children/young people and their families presenting for care within the framework of the team.

Undertake on call/ out-of-hours work as necessary to the service.

Undertake extended roles, after a period of training, supervision and assessment of competence.

Accurately complete patient records, using both paper and computerised systems.

Takes charge of one theatre for span of a shift without direct supervision (team leader).

Receive and identify patients and provide the final check of documentation particularly relating to consent and operation site before surgery.

To regularly move heavy loads including the transfer and positioning of patients and the movement of equipment.

Ensuring the correct care, labelling and despatch of laboratory specimens.

Exercise responsibility for maintenance and stock levels and the purchase of some physical assets including surgical equipment, anaesthetic equipment, disposables and major purchases in conjunction with clinical leads.

Participates in research procedures, including clinical trials and the evaluation of equipment and supplies when advised to by a clinical lead.

Attain relevant competencies and appropriate experience during anaesthetic procedures in peripheral areas away from the main theatre complex and at the Citys adult hospitals when a child is the patient.

Participating in bacteriological investigation in the operating department in conjunction with a microbiologist.

Work towards achieving competence in extended roles, through competency packages, where appropriate, to attain highly developed skills.

Participate in clinical supervision and training of junior qualified staff and students and the provision of specialist training on a range of subjects.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are currently reviewing our recruitment & selection process and are looking to make our job adverts more inclusive. This will support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. If you have any ideas in how we can make our recruitment & selection process more inclusive, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification



  • Essential qualification in Nursing / Operating Department Practice



  • Registered to appropriate body (HCPC / NMC)



  • Experience of Theatre work


  • Experience of working at a Senior Theatre Practitioner level

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Childrens Hospital

Clarkson Street


S10 2TH

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