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Operating Theatre Practitioner

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Part Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Liverpool University Hospital Foundation Trust (LUHFT) for either a registered nurse or operating department practitioner to join the Theatre team. - on a fixed term post to cover maternity

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual to work within our busy theatres complex. We are proud of our ethos of welcoming new practitioners and providing a supportive, team orientated environment. We provide an in depth induction and an excellent preceptorship package for both newly qualified and experienced applicants.

The successful applicant will work as part of a combined theatres team. Specialties will include HPB, Renal (including Transplant) and A& E Theatres.

This specific post is based on royal site and includes access to several Surgical specialities in collaboration with other Units.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work within the theatres team in the scrub role. There would be opportunity to rotate within the disciplines and this would be supported by the theatre team.

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the 24 hour, 7 day service offered and be required to partake in a flexible work pattern to meet the needs of the service.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Professional:1. To maintain awareness of, and comply with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct, Trust policies, procedures and guidelines.2. To demonstrate evidence of on-going professional development via a personal professional portfolio and the NHS knowledge and skills frame work.3. To maintain, at all times, professional standards and adhere to the Trust and departmental dress code policy.4. Works collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team.Communication:1. To communicate appropriately to all levels and disciplines, within the theatre and the Trust as appropriate.2. Ensure all records and documentation are compiled and maintained accurately and in accordance with the N.M.C standards for record keeping and Caldicott report.Clinical Management1. Deliver skilled practical care to all patients and participate in the monitoring, planning and delivery of individualised patient care.2. With guidance from senior staff, assess situations that arise in the peri-operative environment.3. Actively support the implementation of Evidence Based Practice and participate in clinical audits as required.4. To participate, as required, in out of hours cover, which may include on call cover and rotation onto night duty.5. Have an awareness of stock control support Team Leaders in appropriate stock management.6. Input data onto the TIMIS system, in order that statistics/patient activity may be accurately compiled.7. Ensure all equipment and instruments are maintained in accordance with manufacturers guidelines, document and report any faults immediately to senior staff.8. Attend/participate in unit /team meetings.9. Support staff under your supervision (theatre support workers, trainee operating department practitioners, student nurses) and act as an effective role model.10. Ensure rigorous adherence to infection control practices including hand hygiene and universal/standard precautions.Personal/Professional Development:1. Identify personal and professional needs for career development of self and junior staff via the Trust appraisal programme and the NHS knowledge and skills framework.2. Support, supervise and act as a preceptor/mentor to junior staff and learners3. Demonstrate a willingness to become an approved assessor for basic and post-basic students and participate in teaching programmes for other team members.

Surgical Duties:

1. Ensure all theatre equipment and instruments required for the safe delivery of patient care are available and in working order prior to the commencement of an elective or emergency operating list.2. Assist in the preparation and cleaning of the theatre suite, as per standard operating procedures.3. Ensure all information pertaining to the patients identification and planned surgery is correct, as per departmental guidance.4. Participate as a scrubbed member of the theatre team and carry out safety checks on swabs, instruments and needles in conjunction with a second person and reporting on the same to the surgeon, as per departmental policy.5. Act as a circulating member of the operating team.6. The post holder may be required to stand for long periods when assisting with surgical procedures and to have physical skill and dexterity when handling equipment.7. Assist with the safe disposal of instrumentation and clinical waste e.g. body fluids, tissue at the end of surgery, as per departmental, Trust guidance.8. Advise Unit Co-ordinator or person in charge of any proposed changes in the order of the operating list.Clinical Management:

1. To successfully complete the Trust preceptorship programme.2. Work within the limits of competency and level of training as a member of the Theatre team to consolidate and develop clinical practice.3. Develop the necessary clinical skills to participate in relation to role enhancement as specified by the clinical area.4. Participate in emergency situations, and observe experienced Nurse/ODPs, to further develop management skills in this area.5. Ensure that practices within the multidisciplinary team conform to Trust and Department Guidelines. Able to demonstrate an awareness of National guidelines

Person Specification



  • Registered ODP, current HCPC registration (applicable to ODP) OR Registered nurse, current NMC registration (applicable to RN)
  • Anaesthetic qualification


  • Evidence of post registration study
  • ALS



  • Knowledge of Essence of Care, Benchmarking process
  • Ability to prioritise workload effectively
  • Knowledge of current healthcare issues and healthcare governance
  • Understanding of the application of evidence based practice
  • Ability to delegate work appropriately


  • Evidence of involvement in Benchmarking process



  • Good communication skills
  • Basic IT skills, including e-mail and word processing



  • Ability to work in changing environments

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool Hospital

Mount Vernon Street


L7 8YE

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