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Theatre Manager

The Christie NHS FT
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain new and innovative ways of working which facilitate developments in theatre practice. They will have clinical or management experience, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a commitment to developing themselves and helping develop our service.

We want you to bring strategic vision, endless energy and a passion for delivering the highest standards of care. Excellent interpersonal skills are paramount for this post together with confidence to engage and work with a range of colleagues at all levels and from all professional groups.

We provide pioneering surgical procedures using some of the most modern technologies such as robotic surgeries. Our specialties include Colorectal, Urology, Gynaecology, Plastics and reconstructive surgery and an exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit an individual with vision, passion and motivation to the post of Operating Theatre Manager for our busy Surgical Theatre Department.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the Divisional Associate Chief Nurse and the operational team to focus on the provision of high quality, visible, professional leadership, setting and maintaining standards of clinical excellence, improving outcomes and experiences for patients as well as staff. The successful candidate must have the ability to provide positive leadership and development to the clinical teams and act as a role model in all they do. We are looking for a highly motivated, self-starting and imaginative individual with strong engagement and influencing skills who can ensure commitment to complex projects making certain that deadlines and required changes are delivered.

They will play an integral role to the future development of surgical services at The Christie and work within the Senior Divisional Management Team. The post holder will provide both operational leadership and demonstrate a proven track record of managing complex services and engaging with clinical teams.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain new and innovative ways of working which facilitate developments in theatre practice.

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Leadership and Performance Management

Coordinates operational management of departments working closely with Clinical Directors, Associate Chief Nurse & AHP, Surgical Service Managers, Anaesthetic Service Manager and divisional management team.

To act as an interface between the Divisional SMT ensuring appropriate escalation/update occurs regarding key clinical and managerial issues effecting service area.

To provide strong, visible leadership and support for all theatre practitioners and nursing staff to ensure that the fundamentals of care are correctly and actively in place and that high standards of care are achieved.

To work in partnership with operational management. These roles are responsible for ensuring that divisional and corporate objectives in relation to workforce, service delivery, clinical quality and safety and financial control are monitored and maintained including performance reporting.

To be a highly visible, accessible and approachable leader to staff, patients, carers, families and the public ensuring open channels of communication are created and sustained.

To ensure that processes are in place to ensure departmental objectives in relation to operational and strategic plans are monitored and reported.

Responsible for working with the department and professional colleagues in assessing the clinical skills required to deliver a safe and high quality service, identifying any deficits in this and developing programmes to address these issues.

To be responsible for ensuring that regular and robust Professional Development Reviews (PDR) takes place for all staff within areas of responsibility.

To be responsible for ensuring that clinical initiatives and service developments become truly embedded in clinical practice and that staff have a clear understanding and opportunity to contribute to the change process.

To ensure a clear meeting structure exists within areas of responsibility and that both formal and in formal lines of communication exist with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

To ensure that administrative and support services are effective in order to enable staff to deliver high standards of care.

Provides leadership and direction for theatre departmental senior staff, ensuring clear communication of policy, business objectives and agreed targets.

Clinical Quality & Service Improvement

To maintain a high clinical profile of the clinical area.

Responsible for demonstrating continuous improvements in standards of care within areas of accountability.

Continuously improving patient satisfaction and patient experience in relation to being treated with dignity and respect.

To maintain personal clinical competence and acumen through regular, direct clinical involvement.

To be proactive in identifying areas for improvement and implement remedial action as necessary.

To ensure that there are strategies in place at department level to ensure the protection of vulnerable adults and children.

Ensuring and demonstrating continuous improvement in the cleanliness and comfort of the clinical environment, working in conjunction with cleaning contractors and estates/facilities staff, which incorporates the following:

The Theatre Manager will:

Have personal responsibility and accountability for delivering a safe and clean environment.

Ensure theatre practitioners/ nurses in charge of any [patient area are aware that they are directly responsible for ensuring that cleanliness standards are maintained throughout the shift.

Will be involved in all aspects of cleaning services, from contract negotiation and service planning, to delivery at departmental level.

Make themselves aware of the methods by which staff can request additional cleaning, both urgently (e.g. spills or discharges cleaning) and routinely (e.g. where standards are below expectations).

Ensure that theatre practitioners / nurses working within their areas adhere to Trust policies on infection, prevention and control, taking corrective action as required.

Ensure that all staff adhere to the uniform/dress code policy as appropriate.

Monitor infection control audit results for their areas of responsibility, ensuring that results as displayed in all areas ant that corrective action is taken as appropriate

To actively participate in directorate clinical governance arrangements contributing to the development of risk assessment action plans as required.

To investigate accidents and incidents identify and implement corrective action where necessary, in conjunction with the Divisional SMT.

Responsible for ensuring areas participate in and are compliant with divisional and corporate systems and processes in place to address and manage:

Clinical and non-clinical risk

Staff and patient complaints

Patient and user feedback and involvement/engagement.

Financial Management& Business Planning

In conjunction with the directorate management team contribute to the identification, analysis and discussion of cost pressures and financial constraints in a timely manner.

Ensures that services work to achieve organisational effectiveness and deliver services within available resources by managing department consumables, equipment and decontamination costs within budget.

To support the Team Leaders ensuring departmental budgets are managed effectively and that processes are in place and adhered to, to ensure appropriate use of temporary staff.

Develops schemes and action plans to implement cash-releasing efficiency savings targets and supports trust wide implementation of cost improvement programs.

Assists Service Managers to prepare robust business cases to enable services to remain financially stable and responsive to the demands placed upon them.

Responsible for the authorising and controlling of financial resources which includes the agreement and monitoring of all budgets within sphere of responsibility including authorizing use of temporary staff for theatre practitioners/nursing and support staff within sphere of responsibility

To monitor, control and store resources/supplies according to the requirements and specifications of the clinical environment

To ensure accurate records of resource use are maintained

Human ResourcesManagement

To assist Theatre Practitioners and Nurses in developing a positive working environment.

To assist in the resolution of any conflicts within the clinical area, resolving informal complaints locally and assisting in the investigation of and response to formal complaints as required, ensuring that action plans are completed and that any relevant lessons are learned across the department, division and trust.

To liaise closely and support the Team Leaders ensuring appropriate sickness performance management processes in place and contributing towards meeting trust and division and department targets.

To provide appropriate guidance and support to staff in line with the Trusts disciplinary and sickness procedures.

To lead in the implementation of HR policies and participate in formal procedures as requested.

To guide and support development projects and advise on further resources inside and outside the Trust as appropriate.

Develops and implements departmental workforce plan as part of business planning process in line with Division and Corporate HR strategies.

Ensures an appropriate departmental structures and skill mix to enable and empower individuals to make decisions, where appropriate, and that individuals have clearly defined responsibility and accountability.

Ensures effective recruitment processes are implemented within departments compliant with Trust policy.

Ensure appraisal/performance reviews are undertaken, resulting in clearly understood objectives and personal development plans that reflect both the needs of the Trust and the longer term goals of staff.

Regularly attends and participates in team meetings, and work closely with the Divisional Management Team.


To communicate effectively with a wide range of people in a manner consistent with their

level of understanding, culture and background and preferred ways of understanding.

Ensures that communication mechanisms operate effectively so that a culture is promoted where all staff can become involved in influencing and supporting the achievement of quality improvement and patient-focused care.

Communicates highly complex and sensitive information on compliance with performance targets, strategic objectives resources, staffing and service related information, with senior managers and directors within Trust and across other external organisations and agencies.

Negotiates influences, persuades and reconciles conflicting views in a challenging environment in a manner that ensures corporate credibility and fosters effective and lasting relationships with colleagues, staff, patients and other stakeholders.

Develops and implements processes that support good communications within service areas and the division

Undertakes presentations to staff groups and the public.

Education, Training,Audit,ResearchandDevelopment

Ensures training and development plans are in place across all services and those training needs analyses are regularly reviewed in order to determine optimum staff to deliver present and future service.

Accountable for ensuring that the objectives in relation to theatre practitioners/nurses are monitored and maintained at department level to meet the requirements of the Care Quality Commission and other regulatory bodies.

Please see attached document for full job description

Person Specification



  • Degree in health-related subject
  • Registered Practitioner with NMC or HPC registration
  • Recognised teaching and assessing qualification


  • Post basic qualification in leadership and/or management



  • Significant experience post registration including working at a senior level
  • Experience of leading and developing teams
  • Has the ability to manage conflicting views and reconciles inter and intra professional differences of opinion
  • Service improvement experience


  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the development of theatre staff and clinical practice
  • Experience of influencing change
  • Evidence of effective team working across
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