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Anaesthetic and Recovery Team Leader

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust has recently undertaken a multimillion-pound investment in the operating theatres at the Alexandra Hospital. Phase 1 involved the addition of 2 brand new theatres with supporting clinical and staff areas. Due to this expansion we are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated and professional general surgery band 6 team leader.

Following the expansion, the Alexandra Hospital currently has 9 theatres including 6 with UCV and 2 dedicated recovery areas. The department provides a 7 day a week surgical service involving late duties, nights and weekends.

The successful candidate will have experience within anaesthetics and recovery and will need to be an organised individual who can lead a team ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and care are maintained. You will be able to monitor the use of equipment and resources, ensuring cost effectiveness and the best use of resources.

Excellent communication skills and flexibility will be an essential trait of anyone applying for this post also deputising for members of the Band 7 team will be a requirement. The development of junior colleagues will be an important part of your role therefore a relevant teaching certificate or experience is required.

You will be a:

Operating Department Practitioner or Registered Nurse with recent scrub experience

Main duties of the job

  • To be actively involved in staff management issues within the team in support of the senior team leader, in addition to actively participating in the management of the theatre department as necessary
  • To take all measures to ensure safety and report all accidents/incidents/near misses to the theatre coordinator or senior team leader
  • To assist the theatre management team with risk management, participating in the identification of risks
  • To participate in official investigations where required
  • To have an understanding of the theatre budget, ensuring efficient and effective utilisation of resources
  • To be conversant with trust policies, procedures and to participate in the development of policies/procedures where appropriate
  • To assist with the monitoring of staff attendance, and taking a supporting role in the maintenance of day to day discipline within the team
  • To inform the senior team leader / theatre matron of staff failing to meet the required standard of performance taking appropriate action where required
  • To undertake staff appraisals and to identify the training needs to develop staff and the service
  • To be responsible for the equipment in own work area, ensuring that it is used safely and effectively, kept in working order and properly maintained
  • Participate in the supervision, teaching and appropriate assessment of junior and new staff within the department

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is over 7,000 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To ensure high standards of patient care at all times through the effective management of staff and resources

To lead a regular programme of education and development for registered and unregistered staff to reach optimum potential

To promote the role of the theatre practitioner as the patient advocate throughout the peri-operative process

To communicate effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to co-ordinate all aspects of patient care

To liaise and work closely with the person taking continuing responsibility for the operating theatres

To accept personal responsibility and accountability for infection prevention and control practice

To deputise for the relevant senior team leader as necessary

Where appropriate this post will involve working across the sites of the WAHT

Person Specification

Knowledge and skills, Personal Qualities, Other Job Requirements


  • Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of interdisciplinary team members
  • Knowledge of change management theories
  • Knowledge of standard setting / audit process and quality assurance
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety at work
  • Knowledge and understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Knowledge of current nursing issues
  • IT skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Team working skills
  • Application of evidence based practice
  • Ability to self-direct
  • Effective communication skills


  • Evidence of participation in clinical audits
  • Evidence of work relating to quality assessment
  • Research analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Budget awareness
  • Flexible and enthusiastic



  • Competent to assist anaesthetist / recover wide range of elective and emergency patients
  • Experience of working in a team leader capacity
  • Knowledge of day to day management of theatre suite


  • Experience of clinical supervision and coaching



  • Registered Nurse Level 1 (currently registered with NMC or Registered ODP (currently registered with HCPC)
  • Evidence of teaching qualification/experience
  • Evidence of relevant post registration education
  • Evidence of portfolio development


  • Management course
  • Bsc or evidence of working towards

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


The Alexandra Hospital

Woodrow Drive



B98 7UB

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