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Robotic Theatre Lead

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Robotic Theatre Lead - Theatres

We are seeking to recruit a dynamic motivated registered nurse/ODP to join the Theatre 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's Vision and Values and will be leading all the Robotic surgeries for the Trust

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, a guide in Robotic surgeries, 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, and 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

Act as a role model to all members of the team.

Ensure the delivery of the highest standard of patient care, assisting the surgeon in robotic procedures by maintaining a clear and safe surgical field.

Facilitate junior members of the team with their CPD, setting goals, facilitating training opportunities, and mentoring as appropriate.

Provide a high standard of care as set out in Theatre Standards and Trust guidelines.

Ensure accurate completion of theatre records, documentation and care plans.

Assess the immediate and ongoing needs of the patient develop an individualised plan of care, in discussion with the patient and their carer or significant others as appropriate.

Develop research-based practice, quality assurance in line with the Care Standards Act 2000 and clinical audit.

Make decisions as to the most appropriate method of care for the patients, where a variety of options need to be considered as to the most suitable plan of care.

Take responsibility for the availability of surgical equipment from SSD or when it is processed off site.

Adhere to appropriate safety precautions, as established within the theatres/Clinic to minimize the risks of fire, explosion, electrical shock, contamination, accident and equipment malfunction.

Communicate regularly with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Contribute to and participate in the development of a culture of commitment to innovation and quality improvement using research and audit.

Assist in the monitoring and maintenance of equipment used in the department and report any faults that occur to the appropriate person.

Assist in cleaning schedules, facilitating an agreed level of cleanliness for the department.

Actively contribute to setting and maintaining high standards of quality care.

Work collaboratively and co-operatively with others to meet the needs of patients and their families/ carers.

Actively maintain and promote a safe theatre environment.

Ensure that good infection control practice and high standards of clinical care are given.

Plan, develop and implement approaches to promote health and wellbeing of patients and improve their health status.

Maintain an awareness of the developments in the care and treatment of patients in order to be able to carry out duties competently and efficiently.

Nursing and Midwifery Council/ Health and Care Professions Council standards.

Document the condition and progress of patients and report to medical staff and/or senior theatre staff any areas of concern.

Assist and contribute to the management and organisation of the theatre area.

As the team leader, take charge of the clinical area.

Comply with all Trust policies and risk assessments with particular regard to the policies and procedures carried out in the event of maintaining

staff and patient safety.

Provide a flexible approach to working with a variety of shifts required, including on-call and weekend shifts as needed.

As the team leader, lead by example with drive and enthusiasm, responding appropriately to the needs of patients, families and carers.

Take ultimate responsibility for ensuring the standard of the environment within his/her identified area of responsibility.

Take responsibility for assisting with the management and leadership of the theatre unit and its teams, whilst maintaining an appropriate style that maintains good morale, a team approach to work and a culture which fosters innovation and change.

Ensure faulty equipment is isolated from use, using the appropriate label, and report to a responsible person.

Set high standards of patient care for the theatre department and ensure cleanliness is maintained so that the patients experience is excellent.

Influence people and events through successful communication, negotiation and persuasion skills, especially when communicating complex or sensitive matters. Adapting communication styles/methods to ensure that the message is understood.

Constructively challenge practices as necessary, which impact on patients care and/or staff wellbeing.

Work in partnership with other senior team members to ensure the nursing strategy objectives are achieved.

As the team leader, act as a first contact point for patients, relatives and staff to address concerns and complaints.

Person Specification

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Registered nurse/ ODP with current registration with NMC/ HCPC
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level of education, training or experience
  • Evidence of CPD and/ or revalidation as require
  • Previous experience in theatre coordination
  • Evidence of further education or study to Diploma level or equivalent level of experience or knowledge


  • Post Graduation in the Surgical field or relevant qualification
  • Management Qualification or equivalent Knowledge and Experience
  • Diploma or special training in theatre management

Knowledge and Experience


  • Previous theatre Experience
  • Experience of involvement with audit
  • Experience of mentoring learners in the theatre environment
  • Computer literacy
  • Previous experience in Robotic theatres across Urology, Colorectal, and ENT
  • Experience in Stock management


  • Evidence of clinical effectiveness, research and audit/ clinical governance and/ or incident investigations



  • Demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, prioritise, deliver and evaluate patient care
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise own workload and recognise, prioritise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations
  • Dexterity and accuracy in undertaking clinical skills and documentation
  • Competent and capable of using medical equipment
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Evidence of team working and ability to work effectively within a team
  • Previous experience in ordering and arranging kits and instruments for theatres in an orderly manner
  • Demonstrate ability to manage stressful situations during surgeries
  • Demonstrate and practice the importance of good posture at work
  • Demonstrate all the mandatory training including manual handling is Up to Date
  • Demonstrate ability to handle bodily fluids and human tissues
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to handle and communicate sensitive information regarding patients
  • Able to keep patient information confidential
  • Able to undertake students and guide them through robotic surgeries
  • Previous experience in ordering and arranging kits and instruments for theatres in an orderly manner
  • Ability to deal with distressing end-emotional situations in theatres like major trauma.
  • Ability to take part in decision-making
  • Ability to do guide staffs in Appraisal
  • Ability to work and advocate for the patient's rights and safety
  • Demonstrate the ability to concentrate even during stressful situations


  • Experience in conducting robotic training/development programme Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes

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
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients, families and carers from a diverse background
  • Ability to work under pressure and seek help when required
  • Must be able to demonstrate understanding of, and behaviours consistent with the NMC Code (October 2018)/HCPC Code of Conduct 2016
  • Able to demonstrate reflective practice
  • Act as a role model to others
  • Flexible and resilient
  • An ability to remain positive during service changes and challenges

Employer details

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Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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