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Operating Department Practitioner Anaesthetics

Wye Valley NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pa Pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Operating department practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
As an operating department practitioner, you'll work as part of the perioperative team and will be responsible for the care of patients in a range of specialities. Based in operating theatres, you'll deliver care to patients throughout the whole of their perioperative journey - in anaesthetics, surgery, recovery, or emergency settings.

Main duties of the job

  • Conduct pre-operative assessments of the patient prior to the start of the anaesthetic
  • Complete detailed diagnostic checks of the anaesthetic machines, ensuring they meet and adhere to all safety requirements, and that they are fully operational
  • To make sure that the anaesthetic room is checked and prepared for the operating list.
  • To make sure that all equipment is available to deliver the anaesthetic
  • Ensure controlled and emergency medications are accessible prior to the induction of anaesthesia and to be managed in accordance with hospital policy
  • To provide specialist support the anaesthetist to ensure patient safety during anaesthesia
  • To ensure that the patient is positioned correctly on the operating table, and that all necessary monitoring equipment is in place.
  • During the intraoperative phase, ODPs work closely with the surgical team to provide the necessary support and assistance. This may include assisting the anaesthetist with the administration of anaesthesia, preparing and handling surgical instruments, and monitoring the patient's vital signs throughout the procedure.
  • After the surgery is complete, ODPs are responsible for transferring the patient to the recovery area and ensuring that they are stable and comfortable.
  • Act as a patient advocate, supporting patients by communicating with appropriate healthcare providers so they get the information they need to make decisions about their health care
  • Adhere to legal and ethical safety checks.

About us

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a member of an NHS Foundation Group with South Warwickshire NHS FT , the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Located on the border with Wales in the shadow of the Black Mountains, we provide acute and community services across Herefordshire and into parts of Powys and run Hereford County Hospital and the community hospitals in Bromyard, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

We are a progressive and forward looking trust with ambitious plans to improve quality and integrate patient pathways through close collaborative working with our partners to deliver the quality of care we'd want for our family and friends.

More than 3,500 people work for the Trust - they tell us it's a great place to work, blending the busyness of a DGH with the benefits of working in a beautiful rural and unspoilt county like Herefordshire.

We can offer a great work-life balance and have a fine tradition of working with staff to help them achieve their full potential.

Russell Hardy, Trust Chairman: The strength of the Trust is its amazing staff a great place to work, a great place to develop your career and a great place to reach your potential.

Our values -Care, Accountability, Respect and Excellence - are at the heart of all we do. We believe in providing the right care in the right place at the right time...all the time.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information about the role and responsibilities please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • RGN + current NMC registration
  • RODP + current HPC registration

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities


  • Sound knowledge of current professional issues
  • Able to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills including ability to deal with sensitive information and where there may be barriers to communication
  • Able to plan and organize own activities to manage time effectively in order to meet service requirements
  • Ability to analyse problems and coming up with viable solutions



  • Share evidence based practices with colleagues to enhance service and standards


  • Experience of applying clinical reasoning skills to a range of varied patient case mixes
  • Evidence of post registration continual professional development related and relevant perioperative subjects.

Personal attributes


  • Advocate for the profession and role model, working within NMC/HPC codes of conduct
  • Flexible & Adaptable to work 24/7 (BHs, evenings, nights, week-ends and on-call)
  • Professional approach to manage challenging situations
  • Sensitive in handling of difficult information and situations

Other factors


  • Able to safely meet Moving & Handling requirements of job

Employer details

Employer name

Wye Valley NHS Trust


Hereford County Hospital

Stonebow Road



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