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Theatre Practitioner -Nurse/ Operating Department Practitioner

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum, (Pro Rata)
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to join MFT at a time when Manchester is at the forefront of healthcare redesign, developing a model of care that will help the NHS and other care providers in Greater Manchester provide quality services that are safe, accessible and sustainable for future generations. In light of these changes we are looking for a dynamic, innovative and highly motivated registered practitioner (Nurse or ODP) with excellent clinical knowledge in Anaesthetic and Recovery to join our team and take a leading role.

The health care team embraces our nursing strategy for the Trust being part of something special, which means being trustworthy, supported, recognized, respected and rewarded.

Primarily the role will be based in theatres at Wythenshawe Hospital, however there are 5 theatre suites across Wythenshawe, Trafford, Withington & Altrincham (WTWA) with a total of 27 operating theatres across the directorate providing a range of specialist surgery. and from time to time there may be the expectation to work across sites.

While this position is predominantly be based at Wythenshawe Hospital there maybe some opportunity for working across WTWA as the service requires.

Main duties of the job

The role of a theatre practitioner is to provide high standards of peri-operative care to patients whilst giving skilled support to surgeons, anaesthetist and the theatre team. Theatre practitioners need a broad knowledge and skill base, including excellent communication, management and teamwork skills as they are involved with the assessment, delivery and evaluation of care ensuring the safety and comfort of patients throughout their perioperative journey.


You'll play an important part of the surgical team by preparing all the necessary equipment for surgery.

You will ensure the correct safety checks are carried out prior to the start of the procedure and are responsible for all surgical instruments, equipment, and swabs during the operation.

You will become efficient and effective in anticipating the requirements of the surgical team and responding effectively ensuring high standards of clinical outcome and best patient experience.


To help and support patients before surgery, preparing a wide range of specialist equipment and drugs, including anaesthetic machines, intravenous equipment and devices that safely secure the patient's airway during anaesthesia.


You'll support and monitor patient on arrival to the recovery area and provide appropriate treatment until they have recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia and/or surgery assessing and treating the patient until they are discharged to a ward.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner
  • Diploma educated


  • Degree educated
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Anaesthetic qualification



  • Experience of working in an acute healthcare setting
  • Experience of working on own and as part of a team.
  • Evidence of working within multiple surgical specialties.
  • Ability to supervise and support junior staff.
  • Awareness of clinical audit.


  • Experience of working in a operating theatre setting.
  • Evidence of undertaking mentor/preceptor role.



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work on own and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate awareness of own limitations.
  • Ability to organise workload and delegate appropriately.
  • Dexterity and accuracy in physical skills.
  • IT/word processing



  • Knowledge of current nursing issues.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Wythenshawe Hospital

F Block Main Theatres, Southmoor Road,


M23 9LT

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