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Senior Theatre Practitioner- Surgical Day Case Unit (SDCU)

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced Senior Theatre Practitioner to join our friendly team in Surgical Day Case Unit (SDCU), at Weston General Hospital.

This role is suitable for a Operating Department Practitioner or Registered Nurse.

Anaesthetic experience is essential for this post.
SDCU is a small, friendly unit with a real passion for delivering the highest standard of care. We have 2 theatres in our SDCU and a further 4 theatres in our Main Theatre Unit. We cover a wide range of specialities including general & colorectal surgery, breast surgery, urology, gynaecology, orthopaedics and trauma. The unit is open 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday). The successful candidate will be expected to be occasionally redeployed to Main Theatres to provide cover as needed. They may also be required to work across the Day Case Unit Ward and Theatre Receiving Unit. There can be an opportunity to be part of the on-call rota for Main Theatres.

Main duties of the job

To work according to the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines to provide a high standard of patient care using a flexible patient centred care approach.

To provide an expert level of professional practice within Theatres/ SDCU, and to be responsible for the management of a theatre nursing team, providing advice, information and support.

To actively support the sister/charge nurse, assisting in the safe, effective and efficient management of the department and deputising in their absence.

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, main responsibilities, and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualification and Training


  • NMC Registered Nurse OR Operating Department Practitioner/ Dip HE in Operating Room Practice
  • Training Qualification or equivalent experience
  • Mentorship Course
  • Anaesthetic course/ module


  • Relevant post registration course

Public Sector Language Competency


  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard

Knowledge and Experience


  • Appropriate post registration experience in nursing and speciality
  • Appropriate proven leadership and management experience
  • Proven commitment and experience, evidence in teaching
  • Experience as preceptor / mentor
  • Experience of anaesthetics


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

Skills and 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
  • Able to work on feet for long period
  • Aware that the role can be stressful and emotional at times.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Weston General Hospital

Grange Road, Uphill


BS23 4TQ

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