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Paediatric Surgical Care Practitioner

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Oxford Spine department as part of the paediatric spine team as a surgical care practitioner. This is a new post that the appointed individual will be able to shape over time that would suit a motivated person with a strong ability to work as part of a team. Experience in paediatric spine deformity and quality improvement would be welcome.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to develop a new professional role of a non-medically qualified practitioner across the spinal service with a focus on paediatric spinal surgery. The role is aimed at those who are qualified as surgical care practitioners (SCPs) to help meet the needs of the service. An interest and experience in paediatric spinal surgery is essential.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community.We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence.These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work under the direct supervision of a named spinal consultant: supporting surgeons in the operating theatre and during any aspects of patient care and recovery. They will be expected to provide a seamless perioperative high-quality service.

The post holder will be expected to carry out invasive procedures under direct supervision of the named consultant, such as preparation of grafts and allograft application of traction devices and wound closure. The post holder will assess and examine patients, present them, initiate and interpret investigations and recommend treatment.

The post holder will supervise and directly manage trainee surgical care practitioners in collaboration with the spinal management team. The role will be supervised by a designated consultant who will oversee their career and ensure ongoing professional development.

The post holder will be expected to hold a RCS PGDip (Tr & Orth). The post holder will continuously progress and adapt to deliver high standards of effective evidence-based care to meet the needs of spinal trauma and elective patients.

Person Specification



  • HCPC or NMC Registration
  • Clinical Masters qualification
  • Holds membership with the RCS
  • Completed a RCS Intraoperative non-technical skills course
  • Has a Good Clinical Practice Certificate
  • Completed RCS Basic Surgical Skills Course


  • Non-medical prescribing qualification



  • Relevant years working within Paediatric Spinal Surgery
  • Scrub experience within an operating theatre
  • Quality Improvement/Service Development experience
  • Physical examination and clinical history taking experience
  • Experience of conducting primary research
  • Experience of participation in clinical audit/peer review

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Windmill Road



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