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Elective Othopaedic Scrub Team Leader

North Bristol NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 Scrub Team Leader Elective Orthopaedic Scrub Cluster (Registered Nurses or Operating Department Practitioners)

We are looking for Registered Nurses or Operating Department Practitioners who have substantial experience of working within an Elective Orthopaedic Scrub Team.

You must be proficient in scrubbing for Elective Orthopaedic cases. Experience of leading the Team on a shift basis is essential.

You must be highly motivated, organised, have excellent communication and clinical skills and be able to work effectively alongside the established teams to deliver holistic patient care.

Main duties of the job

  • Act as the Team Leader and take direct responsibility for the day-to-day management of a clinical area. Act as a deputy to the Band 7 to facilitate the delivery of effective clinical practice, ensuring that all patients receive the highest possible standard of care.
  • Provide expert, patient focused care in the Elective Orthopaedic Scrubtheatre setting in accordance with Trust policies and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Organise and prioritise care in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, delivering a high level of care.
  • Facilitate effective communication between all members of the multidisciplinary team and associate departments.
  • Demonstrate leadership and act as a professional role model ensuring that a professional approach is maintained by all team members at all times.
  • Address members of staff behaving inappropriately and manage any conflict arising in the absence of the Clinical Coordinator
  • Support and educate colleagues including student nurses, student Operating Department Practitioners, medical students and junior medical colleagues.
  • Facilitate the Annual Development and Review process for an identified group of colleagues.

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead. We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised center of excellence in a range of services and major specialties. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, nationaland internal holidays, and it has a rich history. If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, our Trust is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales (such as Portishead or Chepstow).For band 5 Registered Nurses and ODPs, relocation support may be available. Please emailNursing@nbt.nhs.ukfor more information.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Care Management
  • Adheres to the NMC/HCPC Code of Conduct at all times
  • Demonstrates clinical expertise in the care of patients receiving treatment in the theatre environment
  • Carries the Theatre Coordinator phone as required, keeping clinical teams informed of workflows, resolving any issues and conflicts and promoting positive team dynamics at all times
  • Manages the clinical workload effectively, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the needs of the patients on an ongoing basis.
  • Acts as a resource to others, providing accurate information, advice and supports the multidisciplinary team, patients and their carers.
  • Ensures that accurate patient records are maintained and reflect changes in the patients ongoing condition and changing care needs
  • Ensures that patients and their carers are updated regularly with accurate information, delivered in a manner that is sensitive to their needs
  • Ensures that clinical guidelines are implemented and are actively audited in conjunction with the Clinical Matron, Clinical Coordinators and Perioperative Education Team
  • Maintains and promotes high standards of cleanliness within the department and reports deficits to the Clinical Coordinator
  • Ensures that practice is evidence based and supports with the development of departmental policies and Standard Operating procedures.

Quality Management
  • Actively supports the implementation of the Trust / nursing strategy
  • Uphold high standards of patient care in accordance with Trust policies and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Develops own competence in recruitment and retention, sickness management and performance management as determines by line manager
  • Actively supports the process of risk management and Health & safety upholding relevant policies to promote this and ensuring that incidents are reported using the DATIX system.
  • Make a positive contribution to service development and act as a positive role model for change
  • Actively promote customer care, assisting with the local resolution of (informal) complaints and supporting the Clinical Coordinators /Band 7 investigate formal complaints.

Financial Management
  • Contributes positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, adjusting staffing levels to meet clinical demand and cooperation with the Clinical Coordinators and within budgetary constraints
  • Takes responsibility for monitoring stock levels within budgetary limits, resolving shortfalls as appropriate
  • Develop the financial awareness of the team, prompting a lean approach and efficient use of both human and material resources

Information Management
  • Collects, records and manages information using both paper based and IT systems
  • Makes use of relevant information in decision making, problem solving and care management
  • Ensures that colleagues maintain strict confidentiality of patient records in line with Trust policy and Data Protection Act
  • Challenges any breaches in confidentiality and reports to the Clinical Coordinator
  • Uses Trust IT systems to disseminate important information to colleagues at all levels

Staff Management
  • Assists with the ongoing organisation of the unit, including taking responsibility for a designated area of practice within a department on a daily basis to ensure optimal theatre utilisation at all times
  • Carries the unit bleep as required, keeping Coordinators and colleagues informed of patient flow, managing problems and conflicts and maintaining positive team dynamics
  • Takes a leadership role in emergency situationsMaintains the confidentiality of personal information pertaining to staff
  • Attends and contributes to departmental, cross department and multidisciplinary team meetings and working groups
  • Acts as a mentor to junior staff members. Is responsible for the orientation, supervision and ongoing development of junior staff and learners in conjunction with the Clinical Coordinators and Perioperative Education Team
  • Acts as a practice assessor taking responsibility for completing assessment documents within agreed timeframes
  • Act as a mentor to post basic students, facilitating a positive learning environment and development of their clinical skills in accordance with Trust policies and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Promote clinical audit and the application of evidence-based practices.
  • Participate in research projects and practice development initiatives within the clinical area as appropriate
  • Act as a link practitioner (i.e., infection control, tissue viability etc.) ensuring attendance at and contribution to Trust wide meetings, taking responsibility for disseminating information at a practice level

Professional Development
  • Works within and accepts responsibility for maintaining agreed levels of clinical competence commensurate with job role and developing service requirements ensuring clinical currency as technology and ways of working develop
  • Keep up to date with NMC/HCPC standards, Trust policies, Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines and adhere to these at all times
  • Demonstrate an insight into own professional development, contributing to the process of identifying own educational needs in conjunction with the Clinical Coordinators and Perioperative Education Team
  • Participate in own Appraisal and Development Review and after training be responsible for undertaking the appraisal process for own team of junior staff
  • To ensure own educational commitment meets the requirements of the professional body and Trust requirements

Working Conditions / Effort
  • A requirement to act as a professional role model
  • A need to respond to frequently changing needs of the theatres.
  • Exposure to distressing and emotional situations
  • Frequently standing for long periods
  • Manual handling and postural demands.
  • Exposure to potential violent and aggressive behaviour
  • Contact with blood and body fluids
  • Requirement to wear PPE
  • The need to use highly developed skills and demonstrates a high level of manual dexterity
  • A requirement to concentrate and remain focused for extended periods of time
  • The need to work a shift system

Person Specification



  • ODP/RGN with current NMC/HCPC registration
  • Awareness of Risk Management and Health & Safety within the operating department


  • Willingness to undertake teaching and assessing course

Work Experience


  • At least 2 years as Band 5 in scrub speciality or relevant similar experience



  • Knowledge of current practice and understanding of National Codes of Standards and Conduct.
  • Experience leading a team
  • Knowledge of audit
  • Awareness of Risk Management/Health & Safety
  • Awareness of COSHH/Manual Handling regulations
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective record-keeping and documentation.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Personal Qualities


  • Flexibility in regard to working patterns
  • Adaptability

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

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