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Theatre Practitioner PACU (Registered)

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Day Surgery Unit has two theatres. We have a variety of surgical specialities carrying out day surgery procedures, such as Gynaecology, Urology, ENT (including paediatrics), Max Fax, General Surgery and Orthopaedics. This list of activity can vary and is not exhaustive. We have designated lists to support those children or adults with severe learning disability to be able to access the tests they require for diagnostics/ treatment and those requiring Community Special Care dentistry. Within this role, it is key that you can diversify and work a combination of areas within the unit, for example, support the ward area, alongside your role. Further upskilling could be discussed and supported. If successful, you would also work in the proposed Sussex Surgical Centre (SSC), due for completion in March 2025. The project will deliver a modern, purpose-built day surgery unit which will include a pre-assessment area, four theatres, admission, recovery stage one and two, discharge space plus associated support facilities. The new unit will increase the amount of day surgery activity that takes place across the trust. There would be an expectation, if required, due to service demand to support Eastbourne main theatres, and our other ESHT sites.

Main duties of the job

To support the Department Deputy Leads and Matron in maintaining an efficient and effective service delivering safe patient care within an environment that promotes a responsive approach to changing healthcare needs. Provides care to patients in the Peri-Operative / Day Surgery 1st/ 2nd Stage Recovery Cares for patients compassionately with dignity and respect, acknowledging them as individuals. Assesses care needs and develops, implements and evaluates programmes of care. Prepares and assembles specialist equipment and instrumentation in both Surgery and Anaesthetics.

Provides support to students / newly qualified staff and staff new to the department within the unit. Leads the multi-disciplinary team and theatre in the absence of more senior staff.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached.

If you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact me.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse or Registered Operating Dept Practitioner
  • Evidence of relevant CPD
  • Experience of working in an acute hospital setting


  • Working towards mentorship and CPD at degree level
  • Previous Theatres or PACU experience



  • Experience of working in an acute hospital setting



  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work as part of a Multi-disciplinary Team
  • Able to work effectively in stressful situations where the work pattern is unpredictable, highly distressing and be able to concentrate for prolonged periods of time
  • Highly developed psychomotor skills, to work with delicate, specialist equipment and instrumentation
  • Able to plan and organise own workload and supervise students/learners and assistant practitioners


  • Able to lead the Multi-disciplinary Team in the absence of more senior staff
  • Risk assessor training and experience



  • Ability to work a flexible rota to support the needs of the service/Trust
  • Ability to participate in out of hours cover for the Department

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Eastbourne District General Hospital

Kings Drive


BN21 2UD

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