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Enhanced Surgical First Assistant/SCP - Robotics

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) will be undertaking Robotic Surgery and as part of this new venture we are looking for qualified and experienced robotic enhanced surgical first assistant/ surgical care practitioners. The Robotic surgery will be based in Hey Groves Theatres, Bristol Royal Infirmary. The successful candidates will be working with a number of specialities such as Thoracic, colorectal, GI, HPB, ENT and Gynaecology.

This post is suitable for and experienced registered nurse/operating department practitioner who has demonstrated a high level of clinical achievement and clinical excellence. You will be required to develop your clinical skills in order the support the implementation of the robotic surgery service at UHBW

You will be working in partnership with members of the multidisciplinary team to develop, implement and evaluate the robotic surgical service, whilst ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of clinical care. As part of this specialist team, you will develop and demonstrate a high level of expertise within the role.

A relocation package is available for successful candidates (subject to meeting the required criteria).

Main duties of the job

As a registered healthcare professional with an extended scope of practice, under the supervision and direction of the Consultant Surgeon the Enhanced Surgical First Assistant Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP) will act as first or second assistant for surgical procedures in theatre and be responsible for carrying out specific procedures during operations. As Lead Specialist in this defined area of care, you will work closely with consultant surgeons, medical staff and other surgical care practitioners to develop this role to its full potential.

The post holder will perform these duties with a high degree of clinical skill and knowledge in accordance with the NMC or HPC codes of conduct, and practice within the limits of Trust policies and guidelines. As Lead Specialist, you will be self-directed, providing development to medical and nursing staff, and disseminate your knowledge and skills to others You will lead clinical and non-clinical audit projects presentations aimed at improving patient care. You will maintain a high level of skill and professionalism, provide portfolio evidence and Royal College of Surgeons accreditation. This will be with Trust support on day release basis, and on the job training.
  • Communication and Relationship skills
  • Patient Care
  • Professional Development and Education Responsibilities
  • Leadership and Management

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered Nurse (or equivalent) Registered ODP
  • Evidence of ongoing Professional Development through maintenance of professional portfolio and registration revalidation
  • Teaching/Mentoring qualification or equivalent experience


  • Royal College of Surgeons Accreditation
  • Has attended a DaVinci Robotic Surgery course
  • Post Graduate Degree (MSc) in Surgical Care Practice (or equivalent)

Skills and Abilities


  • Advanced technical skills to perform various tasks competently and independently during the operation advanced skills to carry out diagnostic procedures independently.
  • Good teaching and assessment skills to train doctors and the theatre team in all aspects of the DaVinci Robot
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a good standard of English language.
  • Good verbal communication and interpersonal skills, able to deal with highly stressful situations such as sudden death or critical illness and manage violence and aggression effectively.
  • Able to gain credibility and influence colleagues including influencing clinical changes where appropriate
  • Expert in specific area of practice and takes accountability for own actions
  • Strong organisational skills - prioritising complex situations
  • Ability to lead and influence change
  • Ability to act as facilitator, mentor, and supervisor to colleagues
  • Able to advise on and implement improvements to the quality and efficiency of care for patients
  • Able to cope with sensitive and sometimes distressing emotional issues, and to support others
  • Excellent IT skills



  • Committed to respecting and promoting the rights and beliefs of patient's relatives and colleagues
  • Flexible approach to working hours & practices
  • Professional appearance & behaviour
  • Adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high-quality patient care

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant relevant clinical experience in specialist area
  • Thorough and up to date knowledge of theory and best practice within speciality area
  • Evidence of taking a risk management approach to clinical and managerial decision-making
  • Evidence of ability to plan and implement research/audit studies and utilise audit data to improve quality
  • Experienced in system set up, deployment of ports and general techniques on the DaVinci Robot
  • Up to date in surgical care evidence-based nursing practice
  • Experience of mentorship and preceptorship
  • Good understanding of NMC/HPC and professional issues including practice, conduct, medicines management and role expansion
  • Aware of current issues within the Health Service


  • Experience and knowledge of advanced practice/protocols

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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