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Operating Department Practitioner (OPD) - Main Theatres

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Operating department practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Join our expanding Theatres team of Operating Department Practitioners!

We're looking for new team members who share our vision to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary service to our patients.

Our service now includes admission and recovery of elective patients and a continued emergency service for the Trust. Our team works 24/7, 365 days a year. As part of a rotation with other team members, you'll be expected to work evenings, nights, on calls, Bank Holidays and weekends.

Our values are Include, Respect, and Improve. It's crucial that you understand and refer to our values during your recruitment process and beyond!

Main duties of the job

Assist and care for patients undergoing a variety of elective (Vascular, Orthopaedics, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynae, Plastics, Robotics, ENT and General Surgery) and Emergency procedures.

Receive, transfer and position patients for clinical procedure.

Prepare the Anaesthetic room and Theatre for clinical procedure

Assist and support the Anaesthetist to deliver general anaesthetic, regional blocks/ local anaesthetics to patients in Theatres and in outside areas including Maternity, Interventional Radiology, CT/ MRI scan,Endoscopy, Cardiology and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation.

Prepare equipment/ supplies and waste is kept to a minimum

Responsible for preparation, safe use, decontamination, troubleshooting and reporting of faulty complex equipment (TEG, ACT, Cell Salvage, Video laryngoscopes, bronchoscopes, ultrasound, anaesthetic machines).

Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure the safety and comfort of patients

Work in any of the Theatre areas according to service needs, regardless of which theatre department they are based in, although it is anticipated that staff do permanently work in the department they are employed to be based in.

Participation in on- calls and out of hours working is needed by all staff, regardless of the department they are based in, to provide emergency access to our most acutely ill patients.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general & specialist services we provide & our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible & innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:
  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation our staff & patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We understand that finding and starting a new job is an important life decision. If you need reasonable adjustments for a disability, or a life event, such as menopause - so that we can consider your application fairly & to get the best out of you during the selection process, please let us know.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. Employees are entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns & we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made & considered formally, & will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification

Qualifications / Training


  • Registered Nurse or Registered ODP
  • Must be willing to undertake relevant post registration courses as advised by the Practice Educators/ Theatre Team Leaders


  • PILS

Previous Experience


  • Gained through undertaking relevant study


  • Post qualification experience within the perioperative setting



  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative


  • Good planning skills



  • Aware of the National 6 Cs campaign
  • Aware of Trust's Values
  • An understanding of peri-operative patient care
  • Understanding of aseptic technique
  • Participate in audit

Other requirements


  • Be able to work within an environment where you will be exposed to blood, body tissue and body fluids
  • Be able to work in close proximity to patients undergoing open and closed operative procedures
  • Be able to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Able to work in an environment with high levels of physical activity
  • Moving and Handling( including use of appropriate supporting equipment
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Role model our Trust values every day

Employer details

Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust


Lister Hospital

Coreys Mill lane



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