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Senior Theatre Scrub Practitioner

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa Inclusive of High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder must be a registered nurse or registered ODP with extensive experience as Band 5 scrub practitioner in operating theatres in an acute hospital. You should be a confident ODP/Registered Nurse with recognized scrub qualification or equivalent extensive experience in a wide range of surgical scrub settings including CEPOD and Trauma/ Orthopaedic.

You must be able to organise an operating list and act as a role model when leading the junior staff with compassion and professionalism.

The role will involve working collaboratively with the theatre anaesthetic and the peri-operative team to deliver safe and quality surgical care. You must have good communicationand organisational skill to support theatre management to improve service.

Ideally you should have first level degree or working towards it and competent in practice supervision and assessment. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaborativelywith the multidisciplinary team to provide excellent surgical care experience to patients. You will also take part in the weekend, nights or on call rotation to support CEPOD and Trauma theatre. On occasions you may be required to work cross site.

Previous unsuccessful applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as a team leader to an identified group of staff after training, monitoring and documenting the development of their clinical skills
  • Contribute to smooth running of the theatre
  • To establish, lead and maintain high standard of peri-operative care
  • To contribute positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, adjusting staffing levels to meet demand and assisting the clinical co-ordinators to keep within agreed resources

About us

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) cares for the people of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and beyond.

Our team of more than 8,200 clinical and support staff serve a diverse population of almost one million people.

We run major acute services at:
  • Northwick Park Hospital: home to one of the busiest emergency departments (A& E) in the country. The hospital provides a full range of services including the country's top-rated hyper-acute stroke unit and one of only three hyper-acute rehabilitation units in the UK
  • St Mark's Hospital: an internationally renowned specialist centre for bowel disease
  • Ealing Hospital: a busy district general hospital providing a range of clinical services, as well as 24/7 emergency department and urgent care centre, and specialist care at Meadow House Hospice
  • Central Middlesex Hospital: our planned care site, hosting a range of surgical and outpatient services and collocated with an urgent care centre.

We are a university teaching NHS trust, in recognition of the important role we play in training clinicians of the future and bringing the benefits of research to the public.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Leadership and Managerial responsibilities
  • To assist with the ongoing organisation of the unit, including responsibility for a designated area of practice within department on a daily basis, to ensure optimal theatre utilisation at all times, facilitating timely admission and discharge of patients
  • To deputise in the absence of band 7 Lead Practitioner
  • Develop and monitor performance of junior staff within Theatres Participate in the development of staff, ensuring appropriate skill mix and uphold agreed standards of care.
  • As appropriate, participate in disciplinary, grievance and absence management procedure
  • To actively support the process of risk management and health & safety upholding relevant policies to promote this and ensuring incidents are reported appropriately (in writing) and helping identify ways of preventing errors and accidents to both patients and staff.
  • To participate in the allocation of staff in designated area of
  • To participate in the on call rota.

Patient Care Delivery
  • Assist clinicians during surgical To coordinate and delegate tasks appropriately.
  • Manage Theatre list over a span of shift/duty.
  • Ensure effective communication with Clinicians and other staff in Theatres, wards and other
  • Assess and plan care within a professional framework and evaluate care
  • Ensure a safe environment within the department for patients and staff.

Resource Management
  • Ensure efficient and cost effective use of resources and
  • Ensure that adequate stock levels are maintained in theatre areas at all
  • To ensure that staff recognise the importance of Health and Safety and take responsibility for providing a safe environment in conjunction with the Health and Safety
  • Ensure all equipment is maintained in safe working order and that it is used
  • Ensure that unsafe equipment is labelled and removed from Arrange for its maintenance/repair by the appropriate company.

To view the main responsibility, please see the attached the Job Description and Person Specification

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • registered Nurse/ HCPC registered ODP
  • Recognised theatre course or equivalent experience in wide range of settings


  • Mentorship or supervision/ Assessor Qualification
  • Evidence of continuous professional development

Knowledge and experience


  • Experience as Band 5 scrub nurse in a range of setting
  • teaching and Supervision experience


  • Experience in trauma and CEPOPD theatre
  • Team leading experience



  • Ability to organise day to day theatre activities
  • Able to provide first line response to unexpected issues


  • Critically analyse and reflect on own practice to seek improvement
  • Flexible approach to service development request

Personal Attribute


  • Demonstrate HEART value and compression in practice
  • Able to remain calm under stressful situation


  • Positively influence others by communicating professionally
  • Desire to grow professionally

Employer details

Employer name

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust


Ealing Hospital

Uxbridge Road,



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