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Band 5 Scrub Nurse/ODP

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated staff to join our highly skilled teams. We have opportunities available at Band 5 Scrub Nursing Team and for both Nurses and ODP's at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

We have 8 cardiac/thoracic theatres, a pacing theatre, endoscopy room and a recovery unit and a fantastic team of theatre nurses and ODP's. We are incredibly busy following the Covid-19 pandemic with both elective and emergency pathways and cover various specialities including Cardiac, Thoracic, Aortic, Vascular, ACHD, etc.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for you to join a highly motivated multidisciplinary team delivering patient centred care, with emphasis on quality and patient safety. You will specialise in the scrub practitioner role in our busy theatre unit. Our theatre team is committed to ensuring that staff are trained to meet the demands of their role through a competency based training programme. We have a dedicated Training and Development Officer. We offer a personalised induction programme, supernumerary status for a minimum of three months and clinical courses to help you reach your potential. You will be enthusiastic, motivated and willing to learn a wide range of skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required along with the ability to work as part of a team.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a willingness and capability to learn new skills. A minimum of three months experience in theatre practice is desirable.

About us

As the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the UK, we, at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, have a clear vision 'to be the best cardiothoracic integrated healthcare organisation'.

We provide specialist services in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine both in the hospital and out in the community.

We serve a catchment area of 2.8 million people, spanning Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man, and increasingly we receive referrals from outside these areas for highly specialised services such as aortics.

Our reputation for strong performance is important in delivering the best care for our patients and high quality clinical services. This is underpinned by a culture of research and innovation, delivered in modern estate and our encouragement of flexible working in a variety of forms.

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Job description

Job responsibilities


Perform Comprehensive assessment of patients perioperative care needs, plan, implement and evaluate care delivery according to changing health needs.

Collect, collate and report information, maintaining accurate patients records in line with NMC / HPC recommendations and Trust policy.

Participate in maintaining a safe, comfortable therapeutic environment for all patients and carers.

Following appropriate induction and training participate in the emergency on call rota under the supervision of a senior nurse/practitioner.

Provide skilled assistance and maintain agreed standards of practice in the perioperative environment in the role of anaesthetic, scrub, recovery and circulating practitioner.

Work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies to ensure needs are met in relation to care input and support for ongoing care needs.

Establish and maintain effective communication with patients and carers/relatives consistent with their level of understanding and their culture

Assess the potential risks involved within the scope of work activities, identifying how best to manage the risks

Respect confidential information obtained in the course of professional practice and upholds the principles of Caldicott and the Data Protection Act.


Supervise others and participate in their education and development.

Contribute to the development of services and make realistic suggestions on how services could be improved for patients and their relatives.

Ensure the effective and efficient use of physical and financial resources.

Monitor and maintain the environment to ensure the health, safety, and security of self and others.

Education and Development.

Develop own skills and knowledge and contribute to development of others.

Lead responsibility for specific function of area of knowledge and skills within the team e.g. link nurse

Ensure own compliance and compliance of others with regard to mandatory training and prep requirements.

Participate in the delivery of clinical training programmes.

Act as a mentor and assessor of nurses/ Operating department practitioners in training and newly qualified nurses/ practitioners.

Participate with patient and public involvement activity in the clinical area, contributing to service improvement.

Clinical Quality.

Acts consistently with policies, procedures and clinical guidelines and encourages others to do so.

Contribute to the contribution audit of care via the clinical quality monitoring group.

Participate in patient and public involvement activities.

Ensure due regard is given to customs, values and spiritual beliefs of patients. And reports any behaviour undermining equality and diversity.

Professional Responsibilities

Registered Nurses, Registered Operating Department Practitioners and Health Care Professionals at the Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital have a responsibility to:-
  • Maintain active status on the NMC/ HPC Register
  • Act always in accordance with the NMC / HPC Code of Conduct and guiding documents
  • Adhere to the Trusts code of conduct
  • Adhere to Trusts Policy and Procedure
  • Maintain up to date skills and knowledge and maintain awareness of professional issues.
  • Maintain a professional portfolio
  • Undertake Clinical Supervision

Person Specification



  • Previous Operating Department experience (as student or qualified)


  • Previous Scrub experience
  • Previous Cardiothoracic experience

Skills and Attributes


  • Demonstrate Commitment to continuous professional development
  • Ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken word
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings with the patients of varying level of understanding
  • Able to present factual information and deal with questions
  • Able to maintain accurate patient records
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues in the health care setting
  • Ability to organise workload and respond to the demands of a changing work environment
  • Posses an awareness / knowledge of current NHS issues and professional issues
  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Possesses basic computer skills



  • RGN or ODP
  • requirement to undertake specialty specific CPD (perioperative care course or equivalent) following successful passing through KSF foundation gateway


  • degree

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive



L14 3PE

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