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Theatre Practitioner

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Having successfully received a bid for additional day case theatres which are due to be opening in February 2024, we have exciting opportunity to recruit a team of Ophthalmic Theatre practitioners on a full-time permanent contract!

One of these new Theatres is a dedicated ophthalmology theatre which will create a second full time theatre for the service to serve the population of Torbay and South Devon locality. We are recruiting now to provide training within our existing theatre so that all staff are fully trained, competent and confident for the opening of the second theatre early nextyear.

We are looking an individual who is interested in working with patients who have sight related problems, who may or may not have experience in the field. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join the Ophthalmology department and experience the expertise within this specialty.

Asa Theatre Practitioner, you will be responsible for the delivery of high-quality patient focused care, providing and maintaining a safe environment for all patients attending theatres and coordinating and facilitatingperioperative care with minimal supervision, acting as a role model and working with all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

We are also offering a Relocation Package for suitable candidates. So why not enjoy our beautiful Bay!!

Main duties of the job

  • The role consists of scrub and circulating responsibilities for a variety of Ophthalmic surgical procedure as such you will be:
  • Handover and transfer responsibility of care to colleagues, ensuring appropriate information and care is relayed.
  • You will be supervising students of nursing, operating department practitioners, Healthcare Support Workers and post registration learners.
  • Operating lists can change at short notice, as such you will need to be flexible. Elsewhere, you will be required to commit and fulfil an out of hours on call service on a rotational basis.
  • To be eligible for this position you must currently be registered to practice with a UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registering body. Please note that previous applicants need not apply.

About us

Where to find us?

Torbay Hospital provides acute care for the local community and has several community hospitals, and is a hot-spot for those who are considering living by the sea or within half an hour of Dartmoor National Park and an hour to Exmoor National Park. Meanwhile, Plymouth and Exeter are also both within a short drive to enjoy the culture, maritime history and shopping experiences.

Why work with us?

You will work alongside the nursing team to ensure a first-class patient experience streamlining the patient journey to optimize efficiency and effectiveness, develop a greater knowledge and understanding about eye disease which is relevant to all given the aging population.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills when joining our supportive, welcoming and friendly team! Care to join us?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification
  • To liaise and communicate effectively with all parts of the multidisciplinary team to co-ordinate person-centred care
  • To liaise and communicate effectively with all service users and relatives
  • To ensure a cohesive working environment and effective team work in all assignments
  • To liaise with the multidisciplinary team, coordinating patient care, communicating with relatives ensuring they have adequate information at all times
  • To liaise with other departments ensuring information regarding the patient is given appropriately
  • Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills to effectively assess, plan, deliver and evaluate individualised care plans
  • Be responsive to change and able to work in an environment which has constant interruptions
  • Act with integrity and professionalism, ensuring that you are demonstrating responsible behaviours at all times, in accordance with our Trust values
  • Be accountable for your actions and learn from mistakes. Be honest and share experiences, encouraging learning in others
  • Supporting the wider team during peak activity or during absences
  • To ensure high standards of care in accordance with agreed policies and procedures
  • To administer prescribed medication effectively and safely according to Trust requirements and in line with the NMC guidelines
  • All staff have a responsibility to ensure that the needs of the service are met in a timely and efficient manner
  • Encourage and welcome feedback to ensure that we as individuals, and as a collective team, learn and continually improve
  • To be aware of all Trust policies and procedures
  • There is no direct supervision responsibility within this role however you may be asked to support other members of the team, acting as a role model at all times
  • On occasions take charge of an area in the absence of more senior staff
  • Work flexibly to ensure the department collectively achieves its goals. Work with colleagues, seeking or offering support as required
  • To be responsible for own personal and professional development attending study days/courses as appropriate
  • Attend mandatory training is kept up-to-date and develop and maintain own knowledge and skills
  • Actively contribute to reviews with your line manager, including supervision and achievement reviews. Be able to ask for support as required
  • To keep up to date with nursing developments and research, incorporating into nursing practice where appropriate
  • To be accountable for own actions

Person Specification

Knowledge and experience


  • Evidence of meeting PREP requirements
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance.
  • Knowledge of individual responsibility to health and safety and clinical risk.



  • NMC/HCPC registration


  • Ophthalmic Experience
  • Theatre experience

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Ophthalmic Theatre

Eye Surgery Unit, Torbay Hospital



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