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Theatre Practitioner/Scrub - Theatres Central - Night team

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 £28,407 - £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for theatre Practitioners/Nurses to join our Theatre Night Team. Demonstrable experience in theatres is desirable but not essential as attitude to learning and a good work ethic is more essential. We are a major trauma centre caring for all specialities. We are a busy department but our work is both stimulating and rewarding and you will be supported by ourselves and the education team throughout.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS at Risk staff throughout Devon who is able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.

Main duties of the job

As a Band 5 you will be working within the cluster of Theatre Central. Your main duties include assisting the surgical team with all emergency operations and all care required for a patients journey through theatre. The Trust is a 24 hour major trauma centre and scrub practitioners will be expected to participate in the 7 day service, working to meet the service demand. As a team we are dedicated to delivering high quality care for our patients and currently have an exciting and ongoing programme for improvement, which allows us to constantly review our practice and perioperative pathways. Our pathways are developed in consultation with patients and users of this service.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provides high quality care to patients and their families during the perioperative period.

Reporting and documenting all relevant patient needs, communicating changes to other health professionals in the multidisciplinary team.

Act as Practitioner in charge, in the absence of the Team Leader ensuring efficient allocation of staff and resources.

Demonstrates a commitment to evidence-based practise and clinical excellence and play an active role in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care.

To engage and interact with patients and their carers, explaining procedures and treatments to gain co-operation, understanding and allay apprehension.

Assist with projects to develop and enhance patient care. Participate in the evaluation of patient outcomes, including audit, risk management and infection control.

Assists in other clinical areas and speciality theatres if the clinical situation and staffing levels demand.

Attend relevant meetings and deliver feedback.

To develop and achieve objectives identified through continuing appraisal of job role.

To develop appraisal skills and carry out appraisals and personal development plan for non-registered practitioners in line with Agenda for Change and the knowledge skills framework.

Report and manage untoward incidents, such as clinical emergencies, injury or drug administration errors, as detailed in Trust policies and procedures.

Demonstrating an awareness of and compliance with Health and Safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients and visitors within the Trust premises, reporting any deficiencies in equipment, furnishings or matters of hygiene.

Contributing towards maintaining the set standard of clinical practise. Participating in audit and quality monitoring.

Managing the clinical risk relating to individuals or a group of patients care, reporting issues to appropriate senior staff.

Efficient and effective use of available resources.

Attending team, Theatre user group, Directorate and Trust meetings as appropriate.

In exceptional circumstances to take charge in the absence of senior staff.

Maintain active NMC/HPC registration.

Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate and initiate appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.

Maintain and continuously improve in-depth speciality knowledge relevant to the clinical area, which significantly contributes to the Trusts stated aims and objectives.


To provide leadership and act as a role model to junior colleagues and staff in training.

Act as a Mentor/Facilitator to students and colleagues e.g. nursing, ODP, paramedic, NVQ trainees and medical staff, participating in Induction programmes, guiding practice and assessing competencies to further develop staff.

To promote and enhance effective communication and working relationships to maintain a cohesive and effective team. Take an active role to cascade information in Team Brief and departmental meetings.

Work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team to maintain effective communication and good team working to ensure that work is neither overlooked nor duplicated.


Patients and their families.

Theatre teams, recovery, pre-operative admissions and assessment teams.

Surgeons and Anaesthetists.

Ward Sisters/Charge Nurses and all ward based nursing teams.

Modern Matron Speciality and Theatre/Perioperative.

Education team.

Infection control team, SDU and Estates.

Housekeeping and domestic staff.

Portering team.

Bank and Agency nurses.


To provide a flexible approach to duty rosters and undertake any duties required fulfilling the needs of the service.

The post holder is required to be available for on-call duties, weekend, night duty and late shifts on a rostered basis and under negotiation, so ensuring the 24 hour emergency out of hours emergency service is maintained.

The post holder will be required to move between theatres/specialities to ensure skills development and to manage shortfall in staffing or clinical risk.

  • Work to the Trust values - Put patients first, Take ownership, Respect others, Be positive, Listen, learn and improve.
  • Adhere to Trust policies and procedures, e.g. Health and Safety at Work, Equal Opportunities etc.
  • Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.
  • Attend statutory, essential and mandatory training.
  • Respect the confidentiality of all matters relating to their employment and other members of staff. All members of staff are required to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Comply with the Corporate Governance structure in keeping with the principles and standards set out by the Trust.
  • Comply with the codes of professional conduct set out by the professional body of which registration is required for the post.
  • Ensure they are familiar with the Risk Management Framework, follow policies, procedures and safe systems of work, make known any hazards or risks that they identify and take all necessary actions to reduce risk.
  • Ensure the welfare and safety of children within their care. This includes staff who come into contact with children and families in the course of their work as well as those staff who have a specific role with children and families.
  • Ensure they attend Child Protection training at the appropriate level within the specified time frame.
  • Staff must comply with Safeguarding Policies and Procedures in order to promote safeguarding and prevent abuse to vulnerable people using Trust services.
  • Maintain the prevention and control of infection and fully comply with all current Trust Infection Control policies and procedures.
  • Take responsibility for any records that they create or use in the course of their duties, in line with the Public Records Act and be aware that any records created by an employee of the NHS are public records and may be subject to both legal and professional obligations.

All Managers are responsible for

Assessing risks and implementing the necessary actions to minimise these risks within their sphere of responsibility. They must also enable staff to attend the relevant statutory and essential training.

Managing attendance in accordance with the Trusts Attendance Management Policy.

All Heads of Departments are responsible for

Ensuring all necessary risk assessments are carried out within their division, Service Line or department in liaison with relevant sources of specialist support and expertise within the Trust. They must also ensure that the risk management process is completed appropriately.


This job description is neither definitive nor exhaustive and is not intended to be totally comprehensive. It may be reviewed in the light of changing circumstances following consultation with the post holder. This job description is to be read in conjunction with all current Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust policies, procedures & guidelines.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Competent in anaesthetics, scrub or recovery



  • Registered with NMC/HCPC
  • Diploma/ Degree in related Healthcare subject or demonstrable equivalent experience


  • Accredited specialist training

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care
  • Effective verbal & non-verbal communication skills
  • Relevant clinical experience

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital



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