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Recovery Practitioner

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 £28,407 - £34,581 per annum
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have exciting times ahead within Elective Orthopaedics in Derriford Hospital as we are soon opening a brand-new theatre suite which will also include a self-contained admissions area and state of the art medi-rooms for optimum patient experience.

We are looking for Band 5 Practitioners to join our team working within admissions, 1st stage and second stage recovery. Successful candidates will be patient orientated, enthusiastic and able to work in a dynamic, ever developing environment.

We of course welcome those recovery experience , however we have in place a full Theatre Recovery Foundations Programme and a comprehensive training programme ready to go for all new starters, so if you are a registered nurse or ODP that has not worked in the recovery area or even the theatre environment before we would still welcome applications from interested candidates

We are working towards enhanced patient pathways and have this fantastic opportunity to build a forward-thinking dynamic team to take this forwards.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for implementing, coordinating and deliveringeffective, high quality perioperative care for the surgical patient, following a clientcentred model of practice and ensuring area of work runs smoothly and efficiently.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Act as Practitioner in charge, in the absence of the Team Leader ensuring efficient allocation of staff and resources
  • Demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice and clinical excellence and play an active role in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care
  • To engage and interact with patients and their carers, explaining procedures and treatments to gain co-operation, understanding and allay apprehension
  • Assist with projects to develop and enhance patient care. Participate in the evaluation of patient outcomes, including audit, risk management and infection control
  • Attend relevant meetings and deliver feedback
  • To develop and achieve objectives identified through continuing appraisal of job role
  • To develop appraisal skills and carry out appraisals and personal development plans for Band staff and non-registered assistant in line with Agenda for Change and the knowledge skills framework
  • Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate and initiate appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training
  • Maintain and continuously improve in-depth specialist knowledge relevant to the clinical area, which significantly contributes to the Trusts stated aims and objectives.
  • Report and manage untoward incidents, such as clinical emergencies, injury or drug administration errors, as detailed in Trust policies and procedures.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Person Specification



  • Registered with NMC/HCPC
  • Diploma/ Degree in related Healthcare subject or demonstrable equivalent experience.


  • Accredited specialist training
  • Mentorship qualification

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate clinical care and act accordingly.
  • Effective verbal & non-verbal communication skills


  • Demonstrate awareness of financial constraints.
  • Methodical and organised

Knowledge & Experience


  • Demonstrable experience of working within a similar role


  • Competent in anaesthetics, scrub or recovery
  • Ability to demonstrate managerial or leadership potential.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


UHP Derriford Hospital

Derriford Rd, Plymouth



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