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Theatre Practitioner

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Plymouth Hospitals is a large acute trust in the Southwest of England, situated on the Devon and Cornwall border and provides perioperative care for elective and emergency patients across the region. The hospital is a designated Trauma Centre and tertiary referral centre for Neurological and Cardiac patients. The trust is a teaching hospital with close links to the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Plymouth.

The POD has 3 Theatres, which are situated on level 7 and 6 within Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Specialities covered within the unit include Plastics, Maxillo-facial, Renal transplant, Dermatology and General Surgery. A mixture of day case, in-patient, elective and emergency work is undertaken within the unit.

This vacancy is a full-time permanent position for a scrub practitioner with the theatre pod. The post comes with a commitment to work on call within our emergency team in level 4 theatres out of hours.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS at Risk staff throughout Devon who is able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.

Main duties of the job

  • Provides high quality care to patients and their families during the perioperative period.
  • Act as Practitioner in charge, in the absence of the Team Leader ensuring efficient allocation of staff and resources.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to evidence-based practice and clinical excellence and play an active role in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care.
  • To engage and interact with patients and their carers, explaining procedures and treatments to gain co-operation, understanding and allay apprehension.
  • Assist with projects to develop and enhance patient care. Participate in the evaluation of patient outcomes, including audit, risk management and infection control.
  • Assists in other clinical areas and speciality theatres if the clinical situation and staffing levels demand.
  • Attend relevant meetings and deliver feedback.
  • To develop and achieve objectives identified through continuing appraisal of job role.
  • Demonstrating an awareness of and compliance with Health and Safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients and visitors within the trust premises, reporting any deficiencies in equipment, furnishings or matters of hygiene.
  • Efficient and effective use of available resources.
  • In exceptional circumstances to take charge in the absence of senior staff.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide leadership and act as a role model to junior colleagues and staff in training.
  • Act as a Mentor/Facilitator to students and colleagues e.g. nursing, ODP, paramedic NVQ trainees and medical staff, participating in Induction programmes, guiding practice and assessing competencies to further develop staff.
  • To promote and enhance effective communication and working relationships to maintain a cohesive and effective team. Take an active role to cascade information in Team Brief and departmental meetings.
  • Work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team to maintain effective communication and good team working to ensure that work is neither overlooked nor duplicated.

  • Patients and their families
  • Theatre teams, recovery, pre-operative admissions and assessment teams
  • Surgeons and Anaesthetists
  • Ward Sisters/Charge Nurses and all ward-based nursing teams
  • Modern Matron Speciality and Theatre/Perioperative
  • Education team
  • Infection control team, SDU, Estates
  • Housekeeping and domestic staff
  • Portering team
  • Bank and Agency nurses.

Person Specification



  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate clinical care and act accordingly.
  • Effective verbal & non-verbal communication skills
  • Accuracy, dexterity with good hand/eye coordination


  • Demonstrate awareness of financial constraints.
  • Methodical and organised



  • Proven knowledge of and ability to apply evidence-based practice to patient care


  • Competent in anaesthetics, scrub or recovery.
  • Ability to demonstrate managerial or leadership potential.



  • Nursing degree/diploma or HCPC registration
  • Diploma/ Degree in related Healthcare subject or demonstrable equivalent experience.


  • Accredited specialist training
  • NVQ Assessor

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospital Plymouth

Brest RD



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