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Senior Theatre Practitioner

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Theatre Practitioner- Cardiac Anaesthetics Coastguard and Horizon Theatres

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the theatre team at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children as a Senior Theatre Practitioner (ODP/RCN/RN)

The post holder will be a compassionate, accountable individual who treats all colleagues, patients and service users with respect and seeks to deliver excellence in their role.

They will share the trust values and be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is the South West's regional paediatric major trauma centre with a state-of-the-art operating theatre complex & post-operative recovery facilities. We have 9 theatres covering 18 specialities including Cardiac, Neuro, Trauma, Burns, CEPOD and Plastics.

The post holder will have at least two years of experience in anaesthetics along with the skills to lead & support the multidisciplinary team within theatre promoting high quality efficient perioperative patient care. This position will cover cardiac anaesthetics as well as all other specialties within the department.

Main duties of the job

You will provide integrated clinical leadership to a team of nurses creating an environment that produces & delivers the highest possible standards of patient care.

As senior theatre practitioner you will assume responsibility for the operational management of staff & resources, taking a lead in a specific aspect of operational management in the Theatre setting. You will support & empower staff to develop high levels of clinical skills & autonomy.

We are a department with a strong philosophy of care, & our education team offer an excellent local orientation programme & support structure.

These are exciting opportunities enabling you to join a department which is now the largest specialist paediatric centre in the Southwest region.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England.

UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Public Sector Language Competency


  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard

Knowledge & Experience


  • Appropriate post registration experience in Theatre practice
  • Appropriate proven leadership and management experience
  • Proven commitment and experience, evidence in teaching
  • Experience as preceptor / mentor


  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects
  • Evidence of commitment to research based practice or evidence of project work undertaken

Skills & Abilities


  • Organisation and management skills
  • Teaching
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Ability to perform clinical activities specific to speciality
  • Competency in medication administration including intravenous medication
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to manage difficult situations
  • Able to influence other team members
  • Act as a role model and as a mentor/assessor
  • Innovative and participates with practice and policy change
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high quality nursing care
  • Awareness of current national changes in nursing / NHS
  • General good health
  • Aware that the role can be stressful and emotional at times.

Training & Qualifications


  • RGN.1st Level or relevant children's qualification / HCPC Diploma in Operating department practice
  • Current HCPC / NMC Registration Qualification in Teaching, assessing and Mentoring
  • 1st Degree in Theatre practice or health related subject or working towards
  • Qualification in Teaching, assessing and Mentoring


  • Willingness to work towards Masters level academic study

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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