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Anaesthetic Practitioner ODP / RGN

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum plus 5 % HCAS & 15% retention and recruitment premia
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Operating department practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Operating Department - Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, Surrey

Are you a qualified registered ODP or anaesthetic nurse? Would you like support to build on your existing anaesthetic skills and knowledge to confidently undertake major complex cancer cases within a friendly and supportive team? The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is offering fantastic development opportunities for band 5 qualified ODPs and anaesthetic nurses. With a 15% retention and recruitment premia on your salary too this is a great opportunity!

We are a specialist tertiary cancer centre providing major surgery in many specialties including Hepatobiliary, Upper GI, Colorectal, Breast, Gynaeoncology and Urology. A regional cancer centre for Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire it is also a tertiary specialist centre for ENT and Maxillofacial surgery.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide skilled assistance to the anaesthetist or surgeon or to work in post anaesthetic care unit as required.
  • To work cohesively with all members of the multidisciplinary theatre team to ensure provision of high quality, individualised patient care.
  • To provide a high standard of individualised patient care and skilled assistance in all specialities and areas as required.
  • To be responsible for cleaning and maintenance of equipment, cleaning and stocking of anaesthetic rooms and theatres.
  • To participate in the training, support and induction of students, preceptees, return to practice candidates and new members of staff in theatres.
  • To be able to hold the priority bleep and undertake role as a member of the priority/trauma team.
  • Participate in third tier on-call rota.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide high quality individualised patient care at all times.
  • Prepare the clinical environment to meet the requirements of the operating list and anticipated work load.
  • Take part in or lead all stages of WHO Surgical Safety Checklist prior to undertaking any procedure.
  • Ensure the safe preparation of the patient for operative procedures.
  • Provide skilled assistance to the anaesthetist during anaesthetic procedures as required within operational policies.
  • Assist with the safe transfer and positioning of patients onto the operating table.
  • Act as scrubbed or circulating assistant as required, carry out checks and counts on swabs, needles, instruments and equipment in accordance with Trust policies.
  • Comply with Health and Safety, Infection Control, COSHH and AAGBI regulations, adhering to Trust and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensure equipment and stock levels are maintained appropriately.
  • To act as a trained and skilled member of the priority & trauma team.
  • Prepare and administer prescribed drugs to patients according to Trust Policy, and monitor the effects of those drugs.
  • Monitor, assess and implement individualised perioperative patient care, including post resuscitation and in the immediate post-operative period for level 1, 2 & 3 patients.
  • Have the ability to work unsupervised and manage own time effectively.
  • Maintain clinical records in accordance with current guidelines.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and other Trust staff.
  • Report any adverse incidents to the appropriate person and via online reporting system without delay and according to policy.
  • Maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct and performance in accordance with local policy and professional code of conduct.
  • Be adaptable in order to take on other duties as required to meet the needs of the service, provided appropriate training given.
  • Use Trust computer systems provided appropriate training has been given.
  • Participate in Third Tier On-Call rota

Teaching, Training and Research
  • Participate as required in the introduction of clinical trials and evaluation of new equipment.
  • Participate in the training programmes for students, providing guidance, support and feedback as required.
  • Undertake Mentorship qualification to assess and mentor students and preceptees.
  • Attend departmental teaching sessions and be responsible for own continuing professional development and statutory and mandatory training requirements.
  • To be responsible for continuing professional development of skills and competencies through participation in learning and development activities, and to maintain up to date technical and professional knowledge relevant to the post

  • Ensure professional, technical and clinical knowledge is current and utilises evidence based practice.
  • Maintain up to date registration with the appropriate registering body HCPC/NMC.
  • Accept additional responsibilities consistent with the grade of the post to enhance level of practice and professional development.

  • The Royal Surrey County Hospital is a dynamic organisation, and consequently this job description may be altered after appropriate discussion with the post-holder.

Person Specification



  • City and Guilds 752/NVQ Level 3/ Dip HE in Operating Department Practice. Anaesthetic Nurses - ENB 182 or equivalent UK recognised qualification in Anaesthetics

Knowledge and Experience


  • Demonstrable knowledge of perioperative practice including up to date knowledge of AAGBI, NICE and DAS guidelines.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of normal and altered anatomy and physiology including commonly encountered pre-existing patient conditions
  • Possess underpinning knowledge of pharmacology in perioperative care
  • Member of relevant professional body - HCPC or NMC (unless student - whereupon pin will be attained upon qualification)


  • CPD - Evidence of post qualification experience and continuing professional development
  • Must have an understanding of the background to and aims of current healthcare policy/national guidance/CQC/ and appreciate the implications of this on engagement

Skills and Capabilities


  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and within the multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to assess patients and develop individualised, high quality perioperative care plan
  • Be able to recognise and act upon changes in patients physiological parameters
  • Management Skills and leadership skills - Must be able to prioritise own work effectively and be able to direct activities of others. Example - ensuring WHO Surgical Safety Checklist is undertaken
  • Ability to work where appropriate with autonomy and in line with National and Local Policy
  • Ability to escalate issues to appropriate senior staff in difficult or challenging circumstances and remain calm under pressure


  • IT Skills - use of e-mail and keyboard skills preferable

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Surrey Hospital

Egerton Road



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