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Theatre Scrub Practitioner (Band 5 RN/ODP)

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 per annum inclusive pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Operating department practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
As a Theatre Practitioner you must have a sound knowledge and experience in operating theatre with an excellent understanding of the perioperative needs of patients, and a wide knowledge of peri-operative nursing practices and procedures.

You must be organised, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. You must be motivated and enthusiastic with a passion for high quality patien care, as well as the ability to work well under pressure and flexibly as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Working as a Theatre Practitioner you will be required to function effectively as a member of the peri-operative team to ensure the provision of an efficient and high quality surgical service.

Ensure a welcoming, caring and safe environment, as well as promoting, maintaining and monitoring standards in accordance with the guidelines of the NMC/HCPC and CQC.

Main duties of the job

As a theatre practitioner, you will be responsible for helping and offering support for patients undergoing surgery. You will support the team to prepare a wide range of specialist equipment and other medical devices required during surgery.

You will also be responsible for planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care with support and supervision, and expected to supervise junior colleagues and unqualified members of our team staff ensuring that all staff

are able to provide the highest standard of care..

In the absence of the Senior Theatre Practitioner you will have continuing responsibility for the management of the assigned operating theatre, ensuring that the operating list runs smoothly.

You will devise, implement and assess individualised care plans for a wide and diverse patient group, and promoting best evidence-based practice.

In addition you must have:

Operating Department Practitioner registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC) OR a NMC registered Nurse (with appropriate and accredited post-graduate anaesthetic module/course)

Eligibility to work in the UK

Knowledge of patient care / needs in the perioperative environment

Evidence of leading a team within a clinical environment

Proven experience of managing change within a clinical setting

A recognised mentor qualification and experience of supporting learners would be dvantageous

About us

We have 27 operating rooms under UCH Theatres & Anesthesia Division which covers different specialties ranging from General surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Bariatrics and upper GI surgery, Colorectal, Gynaecology, Urology, Oncology, Paediatrics, ENT, Maxillo Facial, Vascular and Plastic/ Breast surgery and Robotic Surgery. In addition, we also provide anaesthesia support in outlying areas such as endoscopy unit, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, brachytherapy and interventional radiology.

Our new operating theatre complex in Grafton Way Building is now open which caters to elective orthopaedic and ENT and oral surgeries. Further career opportunities will be available with the opening of our Proton Beam Therapy centre.

We are committed to ongoing professional development and opportunities exist to undertake a wide range of in-house and university based training programme.

Opportunities are available to rotate in all areas within the Division areas such as Main Theatres, Day Surgery Unit, Macmillan Cancer Centre, Grafton Way Building and EGA Obstetric Theatres with the support of a dedicated Senior Clinical Practice Facilitator.

The successful candidate will hold the appropriate qualifications to be a current registered practitioner (RGN or ODP) and demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and personal specifications.

The successful candidate from the interview will go through the assessment process. Details of this will be provided by the Nursing Recruitment Team.

As part of our continued response to COVID19, we follow Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) guidance and the governments COVID-19 vaccination regulation. The regulation means that workers inall NHS roles which have face-to-face contact with patients and service users from 1 April 2022 will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless exempt. From 3 February 2022, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) will require every new employee that joins UCLH, to provide evidence of their vaccination status or legitimate exemption, as a condition of their employment.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Part 1, 2 or relevant section of the register
  • Registered ODP with Dip HE, NVQ3, or C& G 752


  • Relevant Teaching course (FO)**



  • Registered Nurses one year's post-registration experience in a peri-operative environment



  • Communicates effectively verbally, in writing and in electronic formats

Personal And People Developmen


  • Demonstrates evidence of professional development in line with KSF, maintains updated Portfolio
  • Demonstrates an awareness of the role of facilitator
  • Demonstrates evidence of ability to educate others
  • Reflective in Practice



  • Demonstrates understanding of principles of Clinical Governance, e.g. Risk Management, audit & quality

People management


  • Takes charge of ward in absence of senior staff

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


UCLH NHS Foundation Trust



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