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ODP - East Theatres

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Operating department practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an Operating Department Practitioner or Nurse to join our East Theatres team. We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic practitioner of any experience with an interest in becoming part of a dedicated orthopaedic team, with a view to working flexibly across all aspects of the peri-operative phase.

In this post you will be given the opportunity and expected to learn, develop and practice several chosen roles to care for pre, peri and post-operative orthopaedic patients.

East Theatres specialises in joint surgery, both primary and revision and is also the regional specialist centre for major spinal surgery. Elective spine and orthopaedic surgery is performed weekdays across 4 operating theatres. In addition, a dedicated trauma theatre provides 24 hour/ 7 days a week service.

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.

Main duties of the job

In this role, on-call requirements are necessary to cover trauma and spinal out of hours care. The post is integral to the effectiveness of a busy department and provides an excellent opportunity to learn and enhance your skills to the fullest. You will benefit from a flexible working environment in which new skills can be obtained, whilst maintaining existing expertise.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be given the opportunity to learn and utilise new skills. You will need excellent communication and organisation skills, be flexible and have a passion for learning.

The post is part of the theatre and anaesthetics division, opportunities for internal rotation to other surgical specialities can arise.

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 that Time 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
  • To undertake Anaesthetic practice be able to evidence achievement of recognised national standards
  • Evidence of continued professional Development Plans


  • Dip HE (or working towards)
  • ILS Course



  • Has experience of working within a team
  • Evidence of Exposure to or understanding Relevant Clinical Experience


  • Previous relevant perioperative experience
  • Previous relevant admission/ discharge experience



  • Understands the clinical role of a Nurse/ODP within the Perioperative team.


  • Has evidence of professional portfolio development



  • Motivated
  • Good communication skills
  • Flexible
  • Able to articulate own limitations, training and development needs


  • Shows initiative
  • Enjoys working as part of a team

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital

Heath Road



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