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Senior Theatre Practitioner / SODP

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
Park Royal
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa incl
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Operating department practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder should be 1st Level Registered Nurse holding ENB 176, Enhance in Surgery or ODP and can demonstrate a wide variety of recent theatre experience. Significant experience in Orthopaedic surgery, General Surgery, Colorectal, ENT, Ophthalmology and Urology Surgery. A speciality interest in elective theatre environment is particularly essential. Candidate should possess a relevant Teaching and Assessing Qualification and hold a 1st degree or evidence at working degree level.

The role will work collaboratively with Band 7 perioperative sister who covers the theatre senior team to support the development of the theatre workforce model, facilitating improvements in theatre utilisation and delivery of increased theatre capacity within the Theatre model

Main duties of the job

  • To assist with the ongoing organisation of the unit, including responsibility for a designated area of practice within department on a daily basis, to ensure optimal theatre utilisation at all times, facilitating timely admission and discharge of patients
  • To deputise in the absence of band 7 Lead Practitioner
  • Develop and monitor performance of junior staff within Theatres Participate in the development of staff, ensuring appropriate skill mix and uphold agreed standards of care.
  • As appropriate, participate in disciplinary, grievance and absence management procedure
  • To actively support the process of risk management and health & safety - upholding relevant policies to promote this and ensuring incidents are reported appropriately (in writing) and helping identify ways of preventing errors and accidents to both patients and staff.
  • To participate in the allocation of staff in designated area of
  • To participate in the on call rota.

About us

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) cares for the people of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and beyond.

Our team of more than 8,200 clinical and support staff serve a diverse population of almost one million people.

We run major acute services at:
  • Northwick Park Hospital: home to one of the busiest emergency departments (A& E) in the country. The hospital provides a full range of services including the country's top-rated hyper-acute stroke unit and one of only three hyper-acute rehabilitation units in the UK
  • St Mark's Hospital: an internationally renowned specialist centre for bowel disease
  • Ealing Hospital: a busy district general hospital providing a range of clinical services, as well as 24/7 emergency department and urgent care centre, and specialist care at Meadow House Hospice
  • Central Middlesex Hospital: our planned care site, hosting a range of surgical and outpatient services and collocated with an urgent care centre.

We are a university teaching NHS trust, in recognition of the important role we play in training clinicians of the future and bringing the benefits of research to the public.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as a team leader to an identified group of staff, monitoring and documenting the development of their clinical skills
  • Contribute to smooth running of the theatre
  • To establish, lead and maintain high standard of peri-operative care
  • To contribute positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, adjusting staffing levels to meet demand and assisting the clinical co-ordinators to keep within agreed resources

To view the main responsibility, please see the attached the Job Description and Person Specification

In order to meet the needs of the Trusts services you may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work.

Person Specification



  • 1st level NMC Registered general Nurse or Registered Operating Department Practitioner- HCPC
  • Recognised theatre course or equivalent experience in wide range of settings
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development in relevant area of specialty


  • Degree/ working towards or equivalent experience.
  • Facilitation/ Coaching /mentorship programme or Practice supervisor / Assessor Training



  • Knowledge and experience,
  • Continuous recent experience as Band 5 scrub practitioner in acute setting.
  • Experience of mentorship/clinical supervision .
  • Demonstrable clinical expertise, relevant to the area / sphere of responsibilities
  • Demonstrable interest and commitment to the professional development of others.


  • Evidence of previous contributions towards developing clinical practice Awareness of audit process.
  • An awareness of HR processes and issues pertaining to staff management.



  • Skills, abilities and attributes,
  • Ability to organise and manage day to day activities in theatre. Communication skills - able to relate and communicate with patients and MDT.
  • Understanding of the risk management agenda in Theatre
  • Problem solving skills - able to respond to unexpected issues and provide first line response and to identify appropriate sources of secondary support.
  • Ability to delegate appropriately and prioritise work
  • Good teaching/facilitation skills.


  • Understanding of the issues pertaining to change management
  • Able to critically analyse audit findings and apply to practice
  • IT skills to include presentation packages, projects, practice developments.
  • Adapts communication style as necessary and is able to work with and through others.

Employer details

Employer name

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust



Acton Lane

Park Royal

NW10 7NS

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