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Practice Educator (RN/ODP) Operating Theatres

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Headington, Oxford.
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Operating department practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced theatre practitioner with enthusiasm for education? We are currently looking for a Practice Educator who is enthusiastic, credible, dynamic, motivated and well organised to lead the provision of high quality clinical practice and education in theatres.

This is a great opportunity to join our diverse and dynamic teams. We have 19 theatres in two departments where you can gain a wide variety of experience. The John Radcliffe Main Operating Theatre Department has five theatres where routine and emergency surgery takes place. Specialties include vascular, emergencies, general, gynae, trauma orthopaedics and spinal surgery. The unit provides care mainly for adult patients and is the theatre suite for Major Trauma. The West Wing Operating Theatre Department has 14 theatres and provides specialist surgery for adults and children. Specialties include E.N.T., Ophthalmology, Neurology, Children's (Orthopaedics & General), Plastics and Max Fax's surgery.

We have a dedicated Education team in place with a comprehensive education strategy, to underpin the development of all grades of staff within theatres, facilitating career development and progression. We provide a supportive learning for staff working solo, an in-house perioperative course, support with revalidation, leadership and career development. Experienced staff are encouraged and supported to further develop using the educational and experiential learning opportunities available.

Main duties of the job

You will deliver clinical skills and knowledge in collaboration with educational plans, to ensure on-going clinical competency validation alongside statutory and mandatory training of clinical staff. The role will focus on improving quality and efficiency in clinical care, through education, to enhance positive patient care outcomes. In addition to delivering classroom based education, there is an expectation that the successful candidate will work with clinical staff in the operating theatre department to ensure that competency assessments are carried out in a timely manner to improve patient care. A key role will be supporting and facilitating placements for a variety of healthcare students and their supervisors/assessors in co-operation with Oxford Brookes University and Bucks New University. Experience of teaching, supervising and assessing healthcare students in the practice setting and excellent communication skills are essential for this role. Willingness to pursue a Master's level qualification in education will also be expected if the applicant is not already working towards this qualification.

Interview: Tuesday 12th December 2023

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training, and research. Find out more here

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will work in partnership with team leaders, link educators, practice assessors, practice supervisors and university link lecturers. This will include being responsible for proactively developing new staff, student Operating Department Practitioner and student nurses. You will be expected to lead on theatre practice education in the operating theatres of the OUH NHS Foundation Trust. The NOTSSCaN Division is made up of 3 theatre units which cover a wide variety of specialities. You will have overall responsibility for one area but work across other theatre departments as required.

Person Specification

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  • First degree (Nursing/ODP/Perioperative)
  • Practice Assessor Course
  • Minimum 3 years recent clinical experience in theatres
  • Experience supporting students in the clinical area


  • PG Cert/Dip/Masters Education

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


JR Main Operating Theatres, John Radcliffe Hospital

Headley Way

Headington, Oxford.


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