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Practice Development Nurse/ODP

Northampton General Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata / per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Practice Development Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner - Theatres

We are seeking to recruit a dynamic motivated individual to join the Theatre educational team.

The successful individual will have a pivotal role in delivering Trust Objectives and ensuring that the care delivered within this specialty reflects the Trust Vision and Values.

The successful candidate must have the ability to provide positive mentoring/coaching and development to the clinical teams within all theatre specialities and act as a role model in all they do.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be an experienced registered Nurse/ODP with a qualification in mentorship or training, positive teaching style, interest in education, and a good understanding of the Peri-operative Departments. If you are a dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic Nurse/ODP we would love to hear from you.

The role will focus on the provision of supporting and developing staff, setting and maintaining standards of clinical excellence, improving outcomes and experiences for patients, families, carers as well as staff.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds. This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Professional LeadershipPromote collaborative working partnerships and effective communication between all members of the multi-disciplinary team.Support professional and clinical standards.

Act as a supportive professional role model for nursing and midwifery, providing quality care in accordance with the NMC/HCPC rules and codes of practice.

Organisational & Management ResponsibilitiesIn conjunction with the Band 7 Practice Development Nurse/Midwife and Band7 practice educator for theatres supports development needs and work in clinical practice to ensure these are met.

Effectively manage own time to ensure a balance between clinical and administrative duties.

Support the promotion and maintenance of a departmental culture which promotes an open and honest approach to professional decision making and problem solving.

Promote and maintain organisational and professional standards.Demonstrate and promote excellent interpersonal skills, written, verbal and nonverbal communication styles.

Influence and nurture positive attitudes and behaviours within the teams and wider multidisciplinary team.

Support the development and implementation of preceptorship and education programmes for newly qualified nurses and midwives.

Facilitate the development of the Support Worker role both within the hospital ensuring good practice guidance and competency frameworks are in place, fully implemented and evaluated.

Provide advice to promote clinical audit and quality improvement Support the mandatory training agenda.

Support precepted in clinical practice during and after their preceptorshipprogramme Guide practice by working alongside newly qualified and unqualified staff in the clinical environment to improve patient care outcomes and patient experience.

Contribute to multi-professional and inter- professional training and education.Utilise information from incidents and complaints to inform practice/educational programmes.

Undertake relevant clinical practices in accordance with the Scope of Professional Practice.Take all possible action to minimise clinical risk to patients, utilising all available resources.

Where issues of clinical competence are identified, work with the Practice Development Leads/Practice educator and the Theatre managers to develop a plan and provide support in the clinical area.Support the Surgical Practice Development lead and Theatre practice educator support for specialist practice and forums.

Person Specification

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • NMC/HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of CDP
  • Teaching/assessing/mentoring qualification


  • Leadership qualification/course or working towards

Knowledge and Experience


  • Post reg experience in theatres
  • At least 2 years post qualification experience in perioperative care
  • Experience of mentoring and assessing in clinical practice
  • Experience of audit
  • Knowledge and experience of practice development
  • Ability to deliver training sessions with a variety of styles and resources
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and autonomously


  • experience in theatres at band 6 level
  • nvolvement with planning/developing nurse/ODP education packages
  • Experience of implementing service development/change



  • Evidence of assessing/teaching in theatres
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Time management and prioritisation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to undertake clinical duties and act as a role model to perioperative teams
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to seek guidance and assistance when required and be aware of personal limitations


  • Vast evidence of assessing/teaching at all staff levels
  • Previous Band 6 experience

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users
  • Enthusiastic about professional development
  • Assertive, confident and approachable
  • Innovative and creative
  • Reliable
  • Professional
  • Flexible
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • Effective strategies for dealing with stressful situations

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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