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Staff Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner - Day Surgery Unit

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

Day Surgery Unit (Band 5)

*Permanent Posts up to 37.5 hours per week*

Band 5

The Day Surgery Unit is looking to recruit enthusiastic Band 5 Staff Nurses and Operating Department Practitioners to support this busy Department with an emphasis on Theatre based practitioners. We are looking for all round trained Theatre Practitioners/ODPs with a qualification that must be recognised in the UK.

Working in Day Surgery will help you maintain a good work life balance, enjoy the structure of elective procedures along with day case trauma and emergency procedures and the support to develop personally and professionally.

Main duties of the job

We are an innovative and busy Day Surgery Unit being part of the Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The unit consists of two theatres in Dorset County Hospital, the Eye Day Case unit (also based in Dorset County Hospital) as well as a satellite unit at Weymouth Community Hospital.

The unit provides for a variety of procedures and strives to provide exceptional levels of patient care in order to meet the expanding needs of the local community. Rotation will be required to work across all sites. You may also be required to support in other theatre areas as required.

Our patient feedback is consistently outstanding which makes us a team you will want to be part of. We currently cater for patients undergoing General/Breast Surgery, Gynaecology, Colorectal surgery, Orthopaedic surgery, Urology, Maxillo- Facial surgery and Special Dentistry in the Day Surgery theatres. We also provide post-operative care to patients that are on the day case pathway having received Ophthalmic surgery, ENT surgery, orthopaedic/trauma surgery, Gynae surgery, General surgery and procedures performed in Interventional Radiology (IR).

We currently provide a service from Monday to Friday, 7am until 8pm.

If you are not sure what we do or if the Day Surgery Unit is for you, please call us to arrange a visit we would love the opportunity to show you around, meet the team and see the great work we do.

About us

At DCHFT, we pride ourselves on the care we provide for our patients, and on the culture, we are creating for our staff. We work hard to create a fair, inclusive environment for our staff

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them, and our vision is Dorset County Hospital, working with our health and social care partners, will be at the heart of improving the well-being of our communities.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our DCHFT Job Description and Person Specification (attached) tells you all about this role, what to expect and what is needed to succeed. When completing your application please make sure to tell us how your experience and skills fit the person specification.

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For all our roles, we are looking for staff who hold our Trust Values of Integrity, Respect Teamwork and Excellence, and who are passionate about providing the best patient care. To read more about our Trust and our Values search Dorset County Hospital online.

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications


  • Registered Practitioner.
  • Evidence of CPD.


  • Teaching course/ qualification.



  • Minimum 2 years experience at Band 5 in surgery or theatres.


  • Understanding of professional nursing issues.

Skills, Abilities & Knowledge


  • Evidence of ability to practice as a proficient practitioner.
  • Evidence of ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, patients and visitors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of confidentiality.


  • Evidence of an ability to manage time effectively.
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its requirements.
  • Evidence of an area of special interest.
  • Evidence of ability to develop leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of clinical audit.
  • Evidence of critical appraisal skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Williams Avenue



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