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Theatre Sister / Principle Operating Department Practitioner

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Lead the Perioperative Team in Churchill/Horton/Women's Theatres as they work to deliver exemplary clinical practice to all patients within the Theatre environment.

Contribute to a climate where staff members appropriately question and challenge practice, and where decision-making can be openly debated, discussed, and escalated when required.

Work with the education team to ensure all staff are competent and capable practitioners, improve the quality of the learning environment by providing support, supervision, educational and professional development opportunities for all, within the practice setting.

This post will require some weekend & cross site working to support Senior Theatre Staffing Rota.

Act as a positive, professional, role model in promoting clinical excellence and offer expert, professional development advice ensuring practice is patient centred and evidence based.

Main duties of the job

Demonstrate an advanced level of clinical competence and inform practice development with a sound and current knowledge of professional practice and health care issues, promoting evidence-based practice.

Attend monthly departmental Team Leader meetings, Clinical Governance meetings and Divisional Senior staff meetings.

Working with the education team, facilitate a plan to deliver learning and development within the service to meet individual, team, service, and directorate needs and in partnership with the education team pre-empt and identify constraints to the learning process and formulate a realistic approach to overcome obstacles.

Maintain own professional development by participation in regular 1-1s with Deputy Matron and an annual appraisal producing and achieving agreed Personal Development Plans.

Promote the involvement and education of patients, carers, and the nursing/multi-disciplinary colleagues in care decisions.

Adhere to OUH Trust Policies applicable to equality and diversity.

Contribute to the development of effective implementation of Local and OUH policies within the department, in line with National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs)

Support Matron and Practice Development Team in the development and evaluation of relevant protocols, guidelines and policies based on current evidence/research and facilitate/support other staff to do the same.

Reflect an in-depth knowledge of current clinical research and changes in clinical practice.

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

Work clinically alongside staff as a clinical expert to raise, monitor and evaluate standards of clinical practice using evidence-based frameworks.

Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team and matron to plan, deliver, maintain, and evaluate an effective specialist, clinical environment through role modelling, leadership, and excellence in practice.

Establish and maintain regular departmental staff meetings to support the speciality team leaders and matron in all matters relating to practice development and coordinate and facilitate a plan to deliver learning and development at all levels within the perioperative environment.

In collaboration with senior clinical staff, develop and maintain an effective and creative learning environment for all individuals seeking knowledge and experience in perioperative practice and support the education team, speciality team leaders and matron in all matters relating to staff development.

In conjunction with the education team be responsible for ensuring that learning and development programs provided are designed to be consistent with organizational service development and workforce development strategy.

Act as a role model in the knowledge and provision of perioperative care and demonstrate the ability to concentrate, prioritise and multitask for prolonged periods of time whilst applying attention to detail and consistency of approach even in adverse conditions.

Demonstrate use of highly developed and advanced communication skills to support patients and families in stressful situations, to manage conflict promptly and effectively and to support and promote effective working relationships within the multidisciplinary team.

Maintain effective channels of communication with the multi-disciplinary teams and be proactive in any action plans required to facilitate this.

In conjunction with senior team ensure that areas identified for improvement as the result of complaints, adverse events or near misses, are dealt with and monitored to maintain improvements.

Implement and evaluate National Theatre Standards within the perioperative environment in line with the CQC Domains.

Identify research opportunities within the clinical areas and provide direction and support to staff in undertaking these opportunities.

Please see JD for detailed job description.

Person Specification

Professional Qualifications & Education


  • Registered with NMC or Registered with HCPC
  • Perioperative Practice Qualification
  • Accredited Teaching Qualification


  • Educated to Master's level.
  • Completed a leadership development programme.
  • Recognised teaching qualification.

Knowledge and Behaviours


  • Proven, extensive post registration experience of working in the perioperative environment at Band 6 level.
  • Evidence of advanced clinical skills
  • Evidence of knowledge of Clinical Risk Management, Governance, & Health & Safety in the Perioperative environment
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Evidence of alignment with Trust Values


  • Evidence of participation in staff education & development programmes
  • Knowledge and understanding of national strategies and delivery of NHS Healthcare services.
  • Experience of partnership working with other services to delivery Trust cancer & clinical prioritie
  • Knowledge of wider healthcare issues
  • Knowledge of Safe Staffing in the perioperative environment in accordance with AfPP guidelines

Skills, Aptitudes & Communication


  • Patient focused approach to provision of care.
  • The ability to work flexibly and independently.
  • Ability to analyse problems and to develop and successfully implement practical and workable solutions to address them.
  • IT literate in word, excel, access and email.
  • Articulate and able to effectively communicate complex information to others in writing and verbally and Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Experience of change management in health care
  • Evidence of ability to lead, motivate and influence individuals both within and external to the organisation.
  • Able to facilitate good working relationships with other colleagues across the Trust and Local Health Economy

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Women's Centre Theatres Anaesthetic & Recovery




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