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Clinical Manager General Theatres

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has become available for an inspirational and motivated individual to use their highly developed knowledge and skills to provide clinical leadership to our busy General Surgery theatre department on the Musgrove Park Hospital site of Somerset Foundation Trust.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day clinical leadership of a team of colleagues working in 5 operating theatres a Maternity theatre and the post-anaesthesia care unit. Specialties in this unit include CEPOD, Urology, Gynaecology, Vascular, Colorectal, Breast, Upper GI and robotics.

Currently General theatres is situated in the oldest part of the Musgrove Park site but is set to move into a new purpose built Surgical Centre in 2025. This will provide 8 new high specification theatres along with a large PACU and admission unit. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in this exciting new development which will increase our capacity to provide more efficient care to the patients of Somerset.

You will need to be clinically credible with a proven background in Theatres as either a Nurse or an Operating Department Practitioner. It is expected that you will have some proven leadership experience and/or knowledge gained from a leadership programme that will underpin your ability to take on this senior role.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an exceptional individual who demonstrates excellent leadership qualities, is proactive and has the ability to prioritise their own work load. You will be expected to work cohesively within the wider theatre multidisciplinary team demonstrating excellent communication skills to maintain the efficient provision of our Theatre Service.

The role is highly operational therefore the post holder will provide visible leadership to their teams, demonstrate a passion for delivering safe and efficient care whilst working collaboratively with our other Theatre Clinical Mangers and Theatre Matrons. You will work closely with the Theatre Management Triumvirate on theatre utilisation and planning, staff recruitment and retention and colleague development.

Quality Improvement is at the core of our service delivery, the successful candidate will be expected to fully engage with our quality improvement projects, being able to contribute to change and successfully deliver changes that will improve patient experience, increase theatre capacity and support recruitment, retention and colleague development.

We would like to hear from individuals who have experience working at a senior level within a theatre environment and are keen to embrace change. We actively encourage informal visits to meet the team and the department.

The successful candidate will be supported by the senior team and be provided with a bespoke training and education plan to ensure success within the role.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsible for providing a high level of clinical and managerial leadership to the department. Demonstrate a leading by example style of leadership with clinical credibility maintaining visibility and accessibility to both staff and patients, including undertaking direct patient care. Responsible for the line management of the team whilst ensuring they maintain evidence based clinical competence to provide safe high quality care to patients. Management of the departments budget and contributing to cost improvement strategies.

Please see attached Job description for full details of this role.

Person Specification



  • RGN / ODP
  • Experience in a wide range of theatre practice
  • Teaching / mentorship qualification
  • Evidence of leadership qualification
  • Appraisal / staff review training
  • Managing absence training



  • Experience of working within speciality area in theatres
  • Experience of successful leadership of a team of staff
  • Experience of managing a budget
  • Experience of carrying out staff appraisals, and managing absence
  • Experience of teaching and mentoring

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital



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