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Team Lead - East Theatres

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
At Ipswich Hospital we are seeking a Senior Theatre Practitioner for our East Theatres team on a permanent or fixed term basis.

East Theatres offers surgery for adult and paediatric patients undergoing orthopaedic elective and trauma procedures. We comprise of 4 operating theatres, 2 for joint replacements and 2 for spinal surgery.

If you are keen to develop your skills as a skilled practitioner, work in a progressive and innovative department and would like to help us drive change, we want to hear from you

You will need to be a Registered Nurse or Operating Department Practitioner.

Internal applicants currently employed by ESNEFT will be offered on a secondment basis only.

In 2024 elective orthopaedic surgical services will transfer to our brand new state-of-the-art specialist centre for elective orthopaedics at Colchester Hospital.

This role will be subject to a formal staff consultation process during 2023. Opportunities will exist for you within the organisation if you choose not to move to the new centre.

More information can be found at

Main duties of the job

As a senior theatre practitioner, you will be key member of the multi-disciplinary team. You will be responsible for ensuring the provision of high standards of perioperative clinical practice and individualised patient care by demonstrating an advanced standard of clinical skills underpinned by theory. You will manage both elective Orthopaedics and Trauma and act up in the absence of the Clinical Lead, therefore you will have strong leadership skills and act as a role model.

In this role, you will assist the clinical lead in improving service provision within the suite, through auditing, benchmarking and risk management. You will also promote the development of the perioperative role, identifying, implementing and evaluating new ways of working and delivery of patient care and clinically effective guidelines.

This post also involves teaching, coaching and mentoring students, junior and support staff and therefore you will hold a relevant mentorship qualification.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes. We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff. We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.Our philosophy is thatTime Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients. If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you. Find out about living and working here -

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Adult/ODP
  • Experience in mentoring staff
  • Valid ALS provider certificate, or willing to undertake


  • Post registration course in, Post Anaesthetic Recovery or Critical Care/High dependency care.
  • Degree or equivalent experience
  • A recognised leadership/management qualification



  • Proven significant experience, CCU/ Recovery course within critical care/post-operative Recovery environment.
  • Evidence of team building, leadership and first line management
  • Experience in successful change management
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
  • Experience of teaching and responding to learners' individual needs


  • Evidence of undertaking research and audit
  • Evidence of promotion of acute or High Dependency nursing



  • Evidence of expert clinical practice in acute and/or critical care nursing using evidence-based practice to inform and support patient care
  • Ability to analyse and interpret clinical data and be pro-active in the management of acutely ill, deteriorating, and complex post-operative patients.
  • Understand current issues and practices within the POCU setting



  • Understand current issues and practices within the POCU setting
  • Able to meet the physical demands of the post
  • IT literate
  • Ability to motivate and encourage others
  • Ability to prioritise workload under pressure
  • Knowledge of patient assessment and initial management


  • Awareness of the clinical management of patients in a Post-operative Care Unit setting
  • Advanced computer skills (Microsoft packages, electronic rota, management and programming, web-based learning platforms

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital

Heath Road



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