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Band 5 Operating Department Practitioner

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Operating department practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
As a Theatre Nurse / ODP at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, you'll be registered with the appropriate governing body. You have the qualifications and experience that are relevant to your registration, including NMC or HCPC. Plus, you bring post-registration experience, flexibility and excellent communication skills. You're also a great team worker.

As a Theatre Nurse / ODP in Anaesthetics, you will:
  • Be part of our close-knit multidisciplinary team
  • Work with leading consultants and like-minded professionals who respect and value what you bring
  • Supervise, support and develop junior members of staff
  • Create high-quality care and patient experiences that are clinically effective, and evidence based
  • Interact well with colleagues on the ward, understanding that continuity in patient care is key

Please note that this advert is for Nurses/ODP residing currently in the UK

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit new qualified and established Band 5 Operating Department Practitioners to join our busy theatre department, undertaking anaesthetics as the majority of their workload.

We undertake a number of specialties including ENT, Maxillo- facial, Gynaecology, Bariatrics, Trauma and Orthopaedics along with numerous others.

Successful applicants will be fully supported through a preceptorship programme.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To be a skilled member of the Operating Theatre Team either in a variety of surgicalspecialities, or in an anaesthetic or recovery role.2. To inform Senior Practitioners of any untoward incidents or problems affectingpatients or staff and participate in the related investigations.3. To ensure all equipment is in good, safe working order and ready for immediate use.Any defective equipment must be reported immediately to Senior Practitioners andusing Trust guidelines.4. To participate in the evaluation of stock levels and ordering/unpacking supplies.Inadequate supplies or provisions and possible improvements must be discussedwith Senior Practitioners.5. To act at all times, as the patients advocate, to ensure their safety, well-being anddignity.6. To assess the patients level of anxiety or discomfort and to provide advice, reassurance or any other actions as necessary.7. To participate in a variety of Patient Safety initiatives as directed by the TheatreServices Operational Manager and Senior Practitioners.8. To uphold patient confidentiality for patients and relatives at all times and in allsituations.9. To provide accurate and timely patient information onto the Theatre ManagementSystem to ensure theatre activity data.MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITES1. To take charge regularly in the absence of Senior Practitioners and Team Leaders

Person Specification

DipHE Operating Dept Practice


  • Pass


  • Working towards

Anaesthetic based


  • Anaesthetic based post

Full time


  • full time



  • full time
  • RGN / or ODP with City & Guilds 752, NVQ (ODP) Level 3, or Diploma in Higher Education in Operating department Practice. NMC or HCPC registration


  • mspp/ENB998



  • Experience in Operating Department Practice/ peri- operative setting Registered staff from other areas may be considered depending on experience


  • Experience in Operating Department Practice/ peri- operative setting



  • Ability to communicate with staff at all levels within and outside the Trust ? Ability to communicate with patients (and their relatives or carers) who may have some a range of complex health care issues, and a variety of sensory/communication/physical/mental health/language needs


  • Counselling skills



  • Sound knowledge of theatre practice and perioperative issues ? Working knowledge of the NHS and structures/procedures. ? Working and practical knowledge of theatre specific and monitoring equipment.


  • Post registration education Knowledge of research and audit



  • Teaching ability and support of all learners/new staff ? IT skills ? Time Management ? Ability to meet deadlines ? Planning and organisation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road



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