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Newly Qualified Operating Department Practitioner

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa / pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Operating department practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an ODP (operating department practitioner) graduating in 2024 and seeking a supportive environment to start your career?

Would you like to work in a forward-thinking Trust that believes staff well-being is instrumental in delivering the best patient care?

As a newly qualified ODP you will be fully supported to become part of our professional community. Support will include your line manager, the practice education team as well as our wellbeing team. As a newly registered ODP, our 12-month Preceptorship Programme will support your transition from a student to a confident and professional registered theatre practitioner

Main duties of the job

You will responsible for providing skilled clinical and technical assistance as a member of the operating theatre. Provide high quality care to patients undergoing treatment within the Peri-Operative Environment.

Act as professional role model/team leader setting standards of practice promoting clinical effectiveness and opportunities for teaching others as part of a 24hour service.

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below.

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


We would welcome applications from candidates with a keen interest in the following specialities:

Adult theatres based in the Bristol Royal Infirmary (Hey Groves Theatres & Queens Theatres Day Unit) specialising in range of procedures, including ENT and complex Maxillo Facial Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Upper & Lower GI, Orthopaedic (including trauma and limb reconstruction)

Adult theatre based in St Michaels Hospital focusing on Obstetrics, ENT, Upper G.I, Oral Surgery and Gynaecology along with a weekly maxillofacial service for adult patients with learning disabilities.

Bristol Eye Hospital : specialist ophthalmic theatres at one of the countrys leading specialist hospitals with an international reputation for the treatment of diseases of the eye. Caring for all ages of patients

Bristol Dental Hospital : a regional specialist unit providing specialist oral and dental surgery for all age groups

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

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • RN (NMC registered) / or NVQ 3 Operating Department Practice pre 2004 or Diploma in Higher Education Operating Department Practice post 2004
  • Current NMC registration / or current Health Professions Council registration for ODPs


  • Work towards relevant university accredited post basic study programmes Eg: A& E course, ITU course, Care of the Elderly, PICU, Renal, Oncology, etc

Knowledge and Experience


  • Broad knowledge and experience of clinical nursing practice within a hospital environment
  • Interest in the clinical area
  • Experience of teaching


  • Experience of taking charge

Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrate competence in clinical skills relevant to the clinical area
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, able to communicate effectively with patients, carers and MDT.
  • Computer skills
  • Competence in calculations for safe administration of medicines/fluids
  • Ability to take the lead, initiate and ensure appropriate action in response to the deteriorating patient
  • Clinical decision making ability
  • Teaching/supervisory skills
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Act in a professional manner
  • Self-motivated
  • A team player -
  • Recognition of own limits
  • Flexible working practices for 24 hour service

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)



Upper Mauldin Street



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