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Clinical Manager Surgical Day Care

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa/ pa pro rota
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Provide clinical leadership to staff within a designated sphere of responsibility. Working with the other Clinical Managers to provide day to day operational management of the operating department, ensuring the efficient utilisation of staff and resources.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide clinical leadership across designated area of responsibility in the department.
  • Undertake a clinical workload within theatres and maintain competency in a variety of specialist theatre skills (whether as ODP or Registered Nurse).
  • Management of a designated area ensuring effective utilisation of resources, use of safe practice, adherence to Trust policies and procedures.
  • Promote the highest quality service for patients and staff.
  • Ensure the collection, review and audit of quality measures within the set of theatres.
  • To ensure knowledge of the current national and local regulations (including Care Quality Commission and Monitor targets), and promotion of these to all staff and theatre users.
  • Ensure that a culture of continuous improvement in performance against national and local targets is embedded within the department.
  • Ensure all staff are supported in terms of the continuous professional development through the personal development planning process.

About us

As a world leader in healthcare and research we have built something amazing - a brand new Alder Hey in the park, a hospital for children, designed and inspired by children. Along with a radical and ambitious vision, the Children's Health Park is the future design of paediatric care and there's nothing like it anywhere in Europe.

We have already earned our place as one of the world's leading children's hospitals, thanks to innovation and pioneering medical work. We treat 250,000 young patients a year and safely perform over 13,000 surgical procedures. Our catchment area has a population of over 7m, stretching from Cumbria, through Lancashire, Merseyside, most of Cheshire, parts of Shropshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

Children from virtually every part of the UK, and also from around the world, visit Alder Hey for specialist treatment. As a result, we are recognised as Centre of Excellence for children with cancer, heart, spinal and brain disease and have been designated as a national centre for craniofacial surgery and epilepsy surgery by the Department of Health.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Assist the Theatre Manager and the Surgery, Cardiac, Anaesthetics and Critical Care Clinical Business Unit (CBU) management team in achieving the Trusts aims and objectives.
  • Ensure the effective planning and implementation of theatre lists in order to optimise theatre time and use of staff and other resources by liaising with relevant medical/surgical staff, , CBU service managers and admissions staff.
  • Manage and implement change in a pro-active way to improve productivity, to enhance clinical practice by improving quality and standards of care and to encourage costs effectiveness and savings.
  • To exhibit and promote the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour in accordance with the departmental code of conduct, and Trust policies.
  • Ensure all staff in area of responsibility have clearly identified roles and responsibilities.
  • Regularly gauge the morale of theatre staff and implement/suggest corrective actions to help improve low morale if/when it is present.
  • Ensure there are clear communication processes in place to keep all staff fully up to date with current developments in Theatres, CBU and the Trust.
  • Actively promote partnership working with staff and their representatives
  • Monitor and manage staff sickness and absence within their area in line with Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • Keep accurate records of training and study leave for the staff group liaising closely with the Theatre Training Co-ordinator.
  • Plan and participate in the recruitment, selection and orientation of staff and develop effective retention strategies.
  • Lead and participate in the Trusts PDR and PDP process in order to manage performance, ensuring that training needs are identified and training plans developed and monitored.
  • Facilitate a learning environment where staff can reach their full potential.
    • Communicate with other Clinical leads and all staff to ensure they are informed and involved and have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the service.
    • Maintain a visible and accessible presence within the department.
    • Promote and maintain an open and effective communication structure within the theatres department with appropriate daily, weekly and monthly meetings as required.
    • Ensure that all direct reports are Team Briefed
    • Ensure staff treat all patients and their families with respect & dignity at all times.
    • Maintain effective external communication links with service mangers, senior nurses, specialist nurses, general managers and other divisional or departmental teams as appropriate.
    • Represent theatres at meetings as required and promote effective communications.
    • Delivery of a balanced budget for own cost centre including the cost effective use of resources, identifying budget pressures and proposing action to address them.
    • Ensure that cost improvement initiatives are identified and implemented and evaluate the outcome of such initiatives.
    • Influence the purchasing process by advising on the appropriateness of equipment within the sphere of responsibility and produce business cases for new and replacement equipment.
    • To ensure compliance with statutory requirements and standing financial instructions, including the procurement of equipment and clinical material.
      • Maintain credibility as a theatre practitioner and act as a role model within area of expertise.
      • Regularly review and update own personal development as identified by professional bodies.

Person Specification



  • band 6/ minimum 2 years experience
  • Educated to degree level or clear equivalent experience in a theatre leadership role
  • Evidence of ongoing relevant professional development.
  • Paediatric experience


  • leadership/Management course
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of delivering quality improvement programmes.

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Alder Hey Children's NHS foundation Trust


L12 2AP

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