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Band 6 Anaesthetic Nurse/ODP

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per Annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Anaesthesia nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and join our forward-thinking talented team who work really well together. We continually strive to offer great opportunities to develop and progress our staff. We consider the role of the theatre practitioner to be fundamental and innovative, always seeking as a team to evolve and improve. If you are an experienced Anaesthetic Nurse or Operating Department Practitioner specialising in Anaesthetics, and looking to join a team like ours, we are offering two full-time posts (37.5 hours per week / job share) Band 6 Anaesthetic Nurse / Operating Department Practitioner Anaesthetic position within our busy suites

Main duties of the job

We have 6 Main Theatres and 4 Day Treatment Centre Theatres specialising in: Orthopaedics and Trauma, Bariatric, General, Colorectal, Breast surgery, Urology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Ophthalmology. We also act as a key member of the Cardiac Arrest and Obstetric teams during and out of hours.

You will need to deliver a holistic care approach that is current, evidence based and effective. You must have a broad knowledge and skill base including communication and team working skills, in order that you contribute to the smooth running of the theatre department.

To be considered for this role, you must hold the appropriate qualifications to be a current registered practitioner (RGN/ODP) and demonstrate an appropriate qualification in anaesthetic nursing/ODP, as well as evidence of continuing professional development.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical Responsibilities
  • Monitor and maintain the quality of nursing activities and achieve the prescribed standards of nursing/ODP care set for the department.
  • Maintain individualised nursing/ODP care according to guidance provided by the Professional Development Department and senior nursing staff.
  • Provide counselling for patients, their relatives and nursing/ODP staff as appropriate.
  • Liaise with colleagues and community staff to ensure continuity of clinical practice.
  • Acting as an anaesthetic member of the theatre team and partakes accountability for achieving high standards of care within the anaesthetic area.
  • Providing assistance to the surgeon/anaesthetist/nursing/ODP colleagues as required.
  • Co-operating with appropriate departmental staff to ensure correct positioning of patient for operative procedure and to ensure safe and smooth running of theatre list.
  • Co-operating with appropriate departmental staff to ensure prompt collection and dispatch of specimens.
  • Checking, witnessing and administering controlled drugs.
  • Co-operating with appropriate departmental and ward staff in sending for patients to the operating department and returning patients to their wards.
  • Participating in the pre/peri/post anaesthetic/operative care of the patients.
  • Advising the Team Leader/Sister/Charge Nurse of proposed changes in the order of operating lists and understands the relevance of escalating concerns.
  • Carry out nursing care to the highest possible standard according to Trust Policies and Practice and Clinical Guidelines. This requires a thorough understanding of policies and guidance related to, for example, infection control, hygiene and individualised patient needs.
  • Ensuring that stock levels in the specific clinical area you work in daily, are kept at a reasonable and safe level.
  • Provide Cell Salvage collection, processing and reinfusion processes in accordance with Trust policy, Patient Safety and clinical requirements, appropriate to the users skill level.
  • Managerial responsibilities
  • The post holder will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to use equipment safely and effectively.
  • Exercise professional accountability as guided by the NMC Code of Conduct (nurses)/ HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council).
  • Act as an effective role model.
  • Inform the Team Leader of any activity in the department which affects patient care.
  • Report all incidents / accidents involving patients, visitors or staff, in accordance with Trust policy. The post holder will ensure that the correct documentation is fully completed and forwarded to the appropriate personnel in accordance with Health and Safety requirements.
  • Report all complaints to the Theatre Matron. In cases where investigation is required, verbal or written statements and any other evidence, such as copies of documentation, must be provided promptly and professionally.
  • Maintain effective communication with patients, relatives, the multi disciplinary team and significant others.
  • Liaise, communicate and negotiate with colleagues of other speciality services and departments to ensure co-operation with achieving objectives, to promote good working relationships and to establish a team spirit.
  • Ensure that nursing procedures and policies are followed.
  • Participate in the induction / orientation of new staff.
  • Assist in provide support, guidance and counselling for junior nursing staff, trainee ODP's and learner nurses.
  • Assist in maintaining the correct environment for teaching junior nurses, trainee ODPs and learner nurses and be aware of post registration course requirements.
  • Demonstrate procedures and supervise qualified and unqualified staff.
  • To use resources both effectively and efficiently.
  • Assist in the collection of necessary data using local I.T systems.
  • Maintain accurate written documentation in relation to patient care.
  • Practice in a cost effective and cost awareness manner
  • The post holder will manage a group of staff and you will be accountable to ensure that their sickness is managed in line with the Trust Sickness and Absence policy.
  • Ensure that staff you manage have a yearly appraisal and that this is uploaded onto ESR (Employee Staff records).
  • Ensure that the staff you manage are complaint with all of their mandatory training

Person Specification



  • RGN/RN with anaesthetic course or Operating Department Practitioner with Diploma/Degree in Operating Department Practice
  • Proof of registration with NMC (nurses) or HCPC (ODPs)
  • Recent experience of working within theatres as an anaesthetic practitioner



  • Able to work under minimum supervision
  • Ability to prioritise and possess effective decision making skills
  • Able to work as a team member
  • Able to manage learners
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Competence in a range of skills and any additional training undertaken
  • Good IT skills
  • Experience in an operating theatre setting



  • Knowledge of a range of surgical procedures
  • Health and Safety Regulations
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Data Protection
  • Infection Control regulations
  • Current nursing/operating department research and developments
  • Evidence based practice in Theatres
  • Commitment to/evidence of continuing professional development

Personal Qualities


  • Always act in a professional manner
  • Good communication with patients and multi-disciplinary team
  • Enthusiastic and motivated
  • Flexible and willing to rotate to all areas
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to deal with stress



  • Good attendance record

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Whittington Hospital


N19 5NF

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