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Senior Anaesthetic Theatre Practitioner (ODP/RGN)

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Operating department practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC/HCPC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

The Main Operating Department at the Sussex County Hospital is looking for enthusiastic experienced Band 6 Theatre Practitioners (either ODP or RGN) who can undertake the role of an anaesthetic practitioner, to join our friendly and dynamic department as part ofour senior clinical team in Main Theatres.

If you think you this could be you and you are looking to progress your career in a supportive learning and developing environment - we want to hear from you!

Main duties of the job

Role Summary
  • To provide clinical & managerial support to the Team Leader.
  • To provide clinical leadership, support & teaching to all relevant personnel within the specialist area.
  • To provide specialist technical & clinical advise to relevant colleagues in the peri-operative setting.
  • To provide information & support to patients having anaesthesia / surgery.
  • To provide & assist with the development of safe & high quality specialist patient care & to work within the guidelines of the Trust Nursing & Midwifery Strategy.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the bestthat we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as an expert practitioner demonstrating specialist knowledge, skills and expertise within the area of work and within the context of changing health care provision
  • Work clinically developing/implementing evidence based practice within the designated clinical area of expertise in conjunction with Lead Practitioners, Theatre Manager and Matron. Ensure a multi professional focus, have the ability to facilitate, initiate, manage and evaluate change in practice to improve quality of care
  • In conjunction with Lead Practitioners, ensure that a supportive teaching and learning environment is in place within their area on a day-to-day basis.
  • In conjunction with Lead Practitioners, ensure that all staff work to their required level of clinical and professional competence whilst adhering to their NMC and HPC professional codes of conduct. Ensure all staff are developed to attain competence as highlighted at appraisal.
  • In conjunction with Lead Practitioners, ensure that quality of patient care is assured by involvement in the implementation, maintenance and development of:-
    • High Impact Interventions,
    • Infection control audits,
    • The 6 steps to Safer Surgery initiative including WHO checklist audits
    • Contribute to thedevelopment of theatre policies
    • NICE guidance
  • Ensure that all clinical environments reflect a high standard of cleanliness and be proactive in response to any issues raised through cleaning audits, infection control audits or patient environment inspections.

Please see attached Job Description for full details

Person Specification



  • Recognised Theatre Qualification RGN/ODP
  • Able to demonstrate current skills in's anaesthetics
  • Post qualification experience
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Awareness and knowledge of general nursing Able to plan and organise activities. Basic computer skills. Able to communicate using verbal and written skills.
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues


  • Recognised Mentorship qualification or equivalent
  • Scrub/Recovery experience

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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