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Surgical Care Practitioner - General Surgery

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
The post holder will work closely with and support the medical teams within the General Surgery Directorate. The SCP will provide support to the General Surgery service and will be based on the wards, in the operating theatre and if required in outpatient clinics. In partnership with the Consultant mentor and Matron the post holder is responsible for implementing evidence based, patient focused care as well as providing specialist knowledge, assistance, and support for nursing and junior medical staff in the field of General Surgery.

If you are a current NHS employee, please seek permission from your current line manager before applying to this post

Main duties of the job

  • Running/holding clinics: seeing specific pre-operative patients and listing them for surgical procedures following additional training appropriate to local guidelines and requirements.
  • Formulate individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning, experience, Evidence Based Practice and utilising a wide range of interventions and options to formulate a highly specialised programme of care.
  • Understanding and interpreting broad clinical policies to inform clinical practice whilst taking responsibility for pursuing actions in order to progress patients along the most appropriate clinical pathway.
  • Develops protocols for specialist area which may/will impact on other disciplines.
  • Pre-operative assessment processes including clinical examination and enhanced recovery education as directed by the surgical team.
  • Arrangement of appropriate pre and post-operative investigations as part of the multidisciplinary team to enhance patients safety, to facilitate patient-centred care and contribute to the smooth running of operating lists.
  • The consent process following guidelines from the GMC and local trust or healthcare provider. SCPs should have an understanding of the principles of the Mental Capacity Act regarding consent.
  • Liaison with medical, theatre, ward and clerical staff on relevant issues including theatre lists to support coherent service provision.

Please see the attached additional information document for further details.

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Level 1).
  • Post graduate diploma/degree (or 4 years as a Band 5 or equivalent in a surgical field).
  • Willing to undertake further training as necessary to undertake role.



  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and Clinical audit and standard setting.
  • Evidence/acceptance of managing change.



  • Demonstrate good communication with patients, including showing persuasion, empathy, reassurance and adapting to patients with special needs or complexities
  • Formulate individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning, experience, Evidence Based Practice and utilising a wide range of interventions and options to formulate a highly specialised programme of care.
  • Develops protocols for specialist area which may/will impact on other disciplines
  • Postoperative care, including wound assessment, initial treatment and identification of surgical problems and complications.
  • The evaluation of care, including the discharge process and follow up care arrangement for surgical patients

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


York Hospital

Wigginton Road


YO31 8HE

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