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Orthopaedic Practitioner

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a full time vacancy (37.5 hours over 7 days) for a motivated Orthopaedic Practitioner in the fracture and elective Orthopaedic Outpatient department

The successful applicant will need excellent communication skills. The role includes working with patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings across the Adult and Children's services at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Children's Hospital at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.

In order to undertake this role you must hold the British Orthopaedic Association casting qualification and have registration with the Association of Orthopaedic Practitioners.

You must be able to demonstrate a high level of skill and expertise in casting, splinting and bracing techniques, have an in depth understanding about the care of the patients with plaster casts orthotic appliances and be fully aware of the complications associated with them.

We are seeking a dynamic, patient centred, hardworking and enthusiastic individual, you should be able to work autonomously with excellent time management, organisational and interpersonal skills.

The candidate should have the motivation to both improve their own skills and work with the team to develop the skills of other team members.

The starting salary will depend on experience and competence in Adult and Children's outpatients theatre and emergency department.

Main duties of the job

To be competent in the application, adjustment and removal of all types of casts as prescribed by a clinician.

To participate in the assessment, planning and evaluation of care for the patient who is requiring casting or splinting referring to the clinician as required.

Assess different initial conditions and provide advice to clinicians on appropriate course of action and materials to be used.

Obtains informed consent from patients when carrying out programmes of care.

Promptly alerts the nurse in charge of any issues or risks within the clinical setting.

To provide expert specialist technical support and advice, and a casting service for the Trust. This will cover Fracture and elective clinics, Theatre, Wards and Emergency Departments across adult and children services

To use evidence based practice to assess, develop and implement care

To provide advice on the application of casts for specialist conditions i.e. total contact casting and its wound care for diabetic patients and hip spicas for paediatric patients

Instruct clinical staff on the use and application of splints and braces and maintain competency record

Identify individual patient problems and prioritise care.

Carry out appropriate aspects of care, including dressings, suture/clip removals and K wire removal.

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

This vacancy may close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Qualified Practitioner British Orthopaedic Association Registration with the BOA


  • Work towards relevant university accredited post basic study programmes

Skills and Abilities


  • Making, adapting and applying specialist braces and to support the provision of Orthotic service
  • To manage wound care in accordance with theoretical and practical elements based on Trust policies and procedures
  • Ability to recognise symptoms relating to threat to life/limb and intervene as necessary
  • In area of specialist practice, assess and make clinical judgements to determine correct intervention and demonstrate competence in clinical skills relevant to clinical area
  • Teaching and supervisory skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, able to communicate effectively with patients, carers, relatives and other members of staff
  • Computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Knowledge and Experience


  • Extensive experience of Trauma and Orthopaedic casting, functional bracing and musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology
  • Broad knowledge and experience of clinical practice within a hospital environment and specialist clinical and technical knowledge in the application and removal of all types of casting and bracing
  • Significant and relevant experience post qualification
  • Experience of working as a part of a multidisciplinary team covering various departments within adult and children services
  • Experience of teaching

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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