Anaesthetic and Recovery Team Leader - WRH

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Worcestershire Royal Hospital Theatre complex comprises 8 operating theatres, obstetric theatre with an intervention suite and an 8 bedded recovery unit. The department currently provides a seven-day week surgical service involving late duties, nights and weekends and has a dedicated team of theatre practitioners and support workers. We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated and professional Anaesthetic and Recovery band 6 team leader.

The successful candidate will have experience within the A& R role and will need to be an organised individual who can lead a team ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and care are maintained. You will be able to monitor the use of equipment and resources, ensuring cost effectiveness and the best use of resources.

Excellent communication skills and flexibility will be an essential trait of anyone applying for this post also deputising for members of the Band 7 team will be a requirement. The development of junior colleagues will be an important part of your role therefore a relevant teaching certificate or experience is required

You will be a:

Operating Department Practitioner or Registered Nurse with recent Anaesthetic and Recovery experience (anaesthetic qualification needed).

Main duties of the job

To ensure high standards of patient care at all times through the effective management of staff and resources

To lead a regular programme of education and development for registered and unregistered staff to optimum potential

To promote the role of the theatre practitioner as the patient advocate throughout the peri-operative process

To communicate effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to co-ordinate all aspects of patient care

To liaise and work closely with the person taking continuing responsibility for the operating theatres

To accept personal responsibility and accountability for infection prevention and control practice

To deputise for the relevant senior team leader as necessary

Where appropriate this post will involve working across the sites of the WAHT

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be actively involved in staff management issues within the team in support of the senior team leader, in addition to actively participating in the management of the theatre department as necessary
  • To take all measures to ensure safety and report all accidents/incidents/near misses to the theatre coordinator or senior team leader
  • To assist the theatre management team with risk management, participating in the identification of risks
  • To participate in official investigations where required
  • To have an understanding of the theatre budget, ensuring efficient and effective utilisation of resources
  • To be conversant with trust policies, procedures and to participate in the development of policies/procedures where appropriate
  • To assist with the monitoring of staff attendance, and taking a supporting role in the maintenance of day to day discipline within the team
  • To inform the senior team leader / theatre matron of staff failing to meet the required standard of performance taking appropriate action where required
  • To participate in the selection and recruitment of staff
  • To undertake staff appraisals and to identify the training needs to develop staff and the service
  • To facilitate a team and no blame culture that allows staff to learn and develop
  • To assist and participate in the induction programme for newly appointed staff
  • To be responsible for the equipment in own work area, ensuring that it is used safely and effectively, kept in working order and properly maintained

Education and Training
  • Participate in the supervision, teaching and appropriate assessment of junior and new staff within the department
  • Act as a mentor to newly qualified/newly appointed staff
  • Contribute to the development of training programmes in accordance with identified needs in the department and in conjunction with other team members and the education facilitator for theatres
  • Provide feedback from in-house/external training courses in order to disseminate knowledge
  • To undertake/participate in research and development to ensure good clinical practice

  • To maintain an environment conducive to the training/development needs of individuals and, support staff to develop clinical and managerial skills
  • To maintain a wide knowledge of health / surgical / theatre issues.
  • To encourage staff to participate in clinical supervision
  • To maintain a professional attitude at all times, developing the role of the theatre practitioner in the best interests of the patient and in accordance with the nursing and ODP codes of conduct.
  • To be aware of ones own personal and professional development and attend all mandatory training
  • To maintain accurate records and use reporting mechanisms appropriately
  • To promote peoples equality, diversity and rights
  • To promote effective communication within the multi-disciplinary team and between theatres and other wards and departments
  • To counsel staff in relation to personal and professional matters
  • To accept personal responsibility and accountability for your infection prevention and control practice
  • Ensure that you are familiar with and comply with all relevant policies
  • Ensure that you receive mandatory updates in infection control
  • To ensure the safe use and custody of controlled drugs

General duties:

Participate in the on-call rota or out of hours duties as required for emergency surgery

To provide short-term cover for colleagues during periods of leave

To adhere to the trusts IT policies regarding email and internet usage

To ensure that all trust standards are maintained and monitored to improve the quality of care to all whom come into contact with services provided by this trust

Every employee has a duty to take care of the health and safety of him / herself and of other persons who may be affected by his / her acts or omissions at work and to cooperate with the trust to ensure that statutory and trust regulations are complied with

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Level 1 (currently registered with NMC or Registered ODP (currently registered with HCPC)
  • Evidence of teaching qualification/relevant teaching experience
  • Evidence of relevant post registration education
  • Evidence of portfolio development


  • Management course
  • Bsc or evidence of working towards



  • Competent to scrub / assist anaesthetist / recover wide range of elective and emergency patients
  • Experience of working in a team leader capacity
  • Knowledge of day to day management of theatre suite


  • Experience of clinical supervision and coaching

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of interdisciplinary team members
  • Knowledge of change management theories
  • Knowledge of standard setting / audit process and quality assurance
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety at work
  • Knowledge and understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Knowledge of current nursing issues
  • IT skills


  • Evidence of participation in clinical audits
  • Evidence of work relating to quality assessment

Personal Qualities


  • Leadership skills
  • Team working skills
  • Application of evidence based practice
  • Ability to self-direct
  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexible and enthusiastic


  • Research analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Budget awareness

Other Job Requirements


  • Enhanced disclosure clearance
  • Excellent attendance and time keeping
  • Willing to work across hospital sites within scope of practice as and when required
  • Able to work and cope with rotating shift patterns - early, late, night shifts over seven days of the week and on-call as necessary
  • To deputise for the senior theatre team as necessary
  • Standard Clauses
  • A Disclosures and Barring Service check will be carried out where the position is eligible for a Disclosures and Barring Service Check in accordance with the 2012 Protection of Freedom Act and the guidance issued by the DBS.
  • All posts working with children or vulnerable adults are required to have an Enhanced DBS checked including checking against DBS / ISA Vetting and Barring lists.

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Charles Hastings Way




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