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Recovery Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner - Recovery

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) Team at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital are recruiting Band 5 Registered Staff (Staff Nurses/ODPs) to join their busy team.

PACU is centrally placed in the Main Theatre Suite (of 17 Theatres) and has 24 bays (Including 4 Paediatric bays). We also support activity in the Day Procedure Unit, two Obstetric Theatres, MRI/CT (for patients having had general anaesthesia) and the Brachytherapy Suite. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (Nurses, ODP's, HCA's, TWS's, Medical staff) you will care for adults and children in the immediate post-anaesthetic/surgical phase.

The PACU Team is dedicated to improving patients' experience by undertaking Quality Improvement initiatives such as: expanding our services as a PACU, anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation and Improving care (surgical pathway) for patience with a Dementia diagnosis.

All Trainees work in a supernumerary capacity alongside an assigned mentor until asses as being competent to work independently. In-service training, covering Recovery practices are already available and exciting opportunities such as simulation training are forthcoming. As a teaching Hospital we support student nurses and student ODP's from both adult and child branch in collaboration with the UEA.

We encourage professional development of all our staff, so we hope to see willingness to develop in your application.

Main duties of the job

To provide a professional competent service to patience in a safe clinical environment. The postholder will be expected to undertake the post-anaesthetic and post-operative management of adult and paediatric patience, using their initiative to asses, plan and implement care intervention to include:
  • Assume autonomous responsibility of patients care once a handover from the anaesthetist and the surgical team has been given.
  • Work in collaboration with the appropriate anaesthetists, relevant consultants and their multi-disciplinary care teams.
  • Demonstrate by skills and knowledge the care of the unconscious patience with particular reference to basic and advances airway management.
  • Provide continual observation and monitoring of physiological parameters using non-invasive and invasive techniques
  • Provide extended care for patience post-operatively who have a high dependence satus, requiring stabilisation before transfer to the HDU/ICU

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Supervise and maintain high standards of patient care by demonstrating and understanding of the NMC/HPCP conduct & local codes of practice
  • Ensure that Trust/Theatre policies, procedures and Health & Safety legislation are adhered to.
  • Train and supervise students within the department including agency, bank, newly qualified and new members of staff.
  • Develop knowledge surrounding the side effects of anaesthesia/surgery with patients who on occasions exhibit disorientation/confused status Ie. Physical/verbal aggression.
  • To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUHs PRIDE values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture

Please refer to the Job Description for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person Specification



  • BSc Adult Nursing/Dip HE Adult Nursing on the NMC Register or DipHE Operating Department Practice & on the HCPC register.



  • Evidence of professional development


  • Some post-registration in a peri-operative environment with experience in recovery



  • Maintain high standards of care

Attitude, aptitude


  • Display flexibility and reliability in order to cover a 24hr period.
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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