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Senior Operating Department Practitioner

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum inclusive of allowances
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Operating department practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, within Darent Valley Hospital, is an exciting and challenging elective and emergency surgical service.

Our Theatre Team provides a first class 24/7 service which includes anaesthetic, surgical and post-operative care and treatment for our patients.

It is essential that candidates are able to work in anaesthetics/recovery.

We are currently seeking a dynamic senior Operating Department Practitioner to enhance our enthusiastic and progressive anaesthetic/scrub team/recovery team. This role requires excellent leadership and communication skills. The right candidate will be able to educate, motivate and manage an effective team. Also, the candidate should be a proactive and confident practitioner who is able to commit to this dynamic role and navigate the changing demands of today's healthcare environment.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to advance both their clinical and leadership skills. Also, personal and professional growth is actively encouraged and supported, including both Trust wide clinical training and academic professional development.

If you are committed to delivering excellence and a high quality patient focused service within the theatre environment then we would like to hear from you!

This position will not be supported for visa sponsorship. All applicants are expected to have valid right to work document to work in the UK when applying for this position.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will work in Darent Valley Hospital, Main Theatres and has responsibility for the assessment and development of programmes of care, including monitoring standards of care. In addition, the post holder carries responsibility for deployment, supervision and teaching of multidisciplinary clinical staff and learners.

Assisting both the Anaesthetist and participating within the Multidisciplinary team.

To provide expert, holistic care of a high standard to both perioperative patients and their relatives whilst they are under the care of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

To take direct managerial responsibility for the clinical area in the absence of or as delegated by the Departmental Coordinator.

To assist in the leadership and development of an identified group of practitioners within the Unit complement.

To act as a clinical resource within the Unit and across the Division as necessary.

To act as a positive role model to junior staff members.

Participating in on-call rotas or cross site working where necessary. Carry out other duties, as may be required by Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust which fall within the grading of the post.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities. We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge and have a commitment to the Armed Forces Community.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical responsibilities

Ensure that the agreed standards of care are maintained at optimum level, informing the unit manager of any concerns.

Assist with the organisation of the reception and discharge of patients, ensuring that they receive safe and competent care during the immediate and post-operative period.

Act as a resource/advisor to junior healthcare practitioners and medical staff in the delivery of research based programmes of care, ensuring the appropriate assessment, planning and evaluation.

To ensure that all patient documentation is completed and kept up-to-date, and that care plans provide an accurate progress record and response to treatment.

Deals with accidents and incidents involving patients, staff relatives and visitors. Completes statements and incident forms and reports such incidents and accidents appropriately and in a timely manner.

Participates in the Quality Assurance tool within the Critical Care Directorate.

Provide skilled high quality Peri-operative care to all patient groups.

Ensure that all patients are safe to be transferred back to ward areas, in accordance with the recovery area protocol.

Provide skilled high quality assistance to the anaesthetist.

To adhere to the NMC / HCPC Code of Professional Conduct at all times

To demonstrate clinical expertise in the care of any patients receiving treatment in the department.

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the needs of patients on an ongoing basis, co-ordinating the care given by all members of the clinical team.

To accurately assimilate and interpret clinical information about the patients condition, instigate appropriate remedial action and promptly report changes

To act as a resource person to others, providing accurate information, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.

To ensure that accurate records are maintained reflecting both changes in the patients condition and the treatment delivered.

To ensure that patients and their relatives are updated regularly with accurate information, and ensure that this is presented in a sensitive way and one that they understand.

To ensure that Clinical Guidelines are implemented and to be actively involved in auditing practice in conjunction with Line Manager and practice development staff.

To ensure that practice is evidence based and with support assist in the development of policies and protocols within the clinical area.

To uphold high standards of perioperative care, according to existing policies and standards.

To support the process of continuous quality improvement, assisting in audits etc to formally evaluate standards of care and assist in the implementation of changes in the light of such findings.

To organise patient transfers both within and outside the department, escorting ill patients as requested.

To contribute to the health education of patients and their families, ensuring that all patients receive appropriate advice and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

To actively support the implementation of the Trust nursing / local

To Actively support the Perioperative strategy and uphold the ethos of the local philosophy.

Performing clinical work, pertaining to post holders professional boundaries and clinical skills within other Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust theatre units as required.

Managerial responsibilities:

To assist the Senior Nurse in co-ordinating the provision of care and ensuring that there is effective communication between the multidisciplinary team.

Ensure adequate levels of staffing in the recovery area, ensuring that there is a balanced cover to meet the patients needs and acceptable safety levels. Informing senior managers, if staffing levels or skills cannot maintain safe patient care.

To manage a high dependency bed when required providing skilled support to anaesthetic and nursing / ODP colleagues.

Exercise leadership and acts as a role model at all times within the unit maintaining a suitable environment for a happy Unit team.

Discuss present performance and future development with the units manager, using Individual Performance Review in accordance with Nursing Policy.

Actively participate in undertaking Performance Development Review of junior staff within the team.

To manage the clinical workload effectively, ensuring care is prioritised appropriately.

To contribute positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, adjusting staffing levels to meet demand and assisting the clinical co-ordinators to keep within agreed resources.

To assist with the ongoing organisation of the unit, including responsibility for a designated area of practice within department on a daily basis, to ensure optimal theatre utilisation at all times, facilitating timely admission and discharge of patients.

To act as a team leader to an identified group of staff, monitoring and documenting the development of their clinical skills.

To develop own skills in recruitment and retention, sickness management and performance management as determined by line manager.

To actively support the process of risk management and health & safety upholding relevant policies to promote this and ensuring incidents are reported appropriately (in writing) and helping identify ways of preventing errors and accidents to both patients and staff.

To make a positive contribution to service development affecting the clinical area and positively influence other to adapt to change.

To actively promote customer care, assisting in resolving local (informal) complaints and supporting the clinical co-ordinators to investigate formal problems.

To assist with the monitoring of stock levels of clinical stores and technical equipment, resolving any shortfall as appropriate.

To maintain standards of hygiene and cleanliness within the clinical area, action remedy as appropriate and reporting deficits to Senior Nurse and/ or Theatre Co-ordinator/Matron and Service Manager as appropriate.

To communicate varied and complicated information (verbally and in writing) in a way that is understood and gets the important facts across.

To resolve local problems/ conflicts, keeping managers/others informed and maintaining positive team dynamics across the Division at all times.

To take a leadership role in crisis situations, resolving problems as necessary.

To maintain confidentiality with regard to personal information pertaining to staff.

To attend and contribute to departmental meetings as required.

Professional responsibilities:

Assist the manager in ensuring that staff are professionally competent in the performance of their duties and that they receive relevant training and are assessed before being asked to perform duties beyond their training.

Assist in maintaining custody of controlled drugs by ordering, checking and administering. Also, ensuring that the staff are instructed in their safe handling and administration as stated in the Trusts Drug Policy.

Is guided by advisory documents issued by the NMC, e.g. Code of Professional Conduct, Confidentiality, Administration of Medicines, Exercising Accountability, Scope of Professional Practice.

Please also see attached job description.

Person Specification



  • 1st level Registered general Nurse or Registered Operating Department Practitioner
  • Post-reg Educational Qualification (i.e. Mentorship)
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Further relevant professional studies or working towards a course (e.g Recovery, Pain, HDU)
  • Relevant degree level studies

Knowledge and experience


  • Ability to organise and manage day to day departmental activities and the activities of large multidisciplinary team within this.
  • Communication skills - both written and verbal. Adapts communication style as necessary and is able to work with and through others.
  • Team building and working skills - able to lead a team to achieve results
  • Understanding of the issues pertaining to change management
  • Understanding of the issues pertaining to clinical risk management
  • Ability to utilise research in clinical practice
  • Problem solving skills - able to respond to unexpected issues and provide first line response and to identify appropriate sources of secondary support
  • Prioritises own workload, prioritises workload of others, acts on own initiative and problem-solves utilising resources available.


  • An understanding of HR processes and issues pertaining to staff management
  • An understanding of issues in relation to finance management
  • Awareness and understanding of current health issues and in particular to demonstrate a good understanding of the NHS Plan and recent initiatives
  • Computer literacy



  • Demonstrable clinical expertise, relevant to the area / sphere of responsibilities
  • Demonstrable interest in and commitment to the professional development of others


  • Previous experience of leading change in a clinical environment

Personal Attributes


  • Polite diplomatic manner
  • Adaptable
  • Approachable attitude
  • Helpful and resourceful
  • Enthusiastic

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road



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