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Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit Practitioner

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Level 5 Operating Theatres situated at The Royal Sussex County Hospital is seeking highly motivated individuals to help support the delivery of Major Elective, Trauma, Emergency Surgery and 24hour Obstetric cover, in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) / Recovery ward.

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated nurses/ODP's to join our dynamic and skilled team dedicated to the provision of high standards of care and attention within the Recovery area. Previous Recovery experience, acute surgery, HDU/ITU experience is desirable.

As recovery nurses/ODP you will be supported through an internal staff training programme which will cover all aspects of recovery care within the Department. In return you can expect to work within a friendly and recently refurbished Department. The Trust is linked with Brighton University, which together with the Trust's Strategy for Nursing and Staff Development provides access to courses and makes personal development easier.

As part of a busy departmental team you can expect to maintain your skills within a range of specialities since the department provides 24-hour emergency cover.

For further information, contact Leigh Pullar Team Leader, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital on 01273 696955 Ext 67408

We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

Main duties of the job

Post Anaesthetic Nursing Care following major surgery, acute emergencies, acute trauma and obstetrics.

This is a busy Post Anaesthetic Care Unit offering a wide variety of acute nursing care. There is an in-house training program, Foundation and Advanced, to equip you with skills and knowledge through sets of competencies to work towards excellence in patient care.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • You will provide direct care for complex level one (e.g. immediate post-operative patients) and level two patients, (e.g. High Dependency and major surgery). You will be required to support the anaesthetist in the advent of a level three patient (e.g. ventilated / intensive care patients).
  • You will identify and promote evidence based clinical practice, ensuring patient centred care and best practice is delivered, whilst working within the trusts policies, guidelines, standards and NMC Code of Conduct.
  • You will emulate the trusts values and behaviours, role modelling to staff, patients and wider teams supporting change in the division.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification



  • RN NMC / HCPC ODP registration



  • Surgical ward experience
  • Post operative care unit experience
  • Critical care experience

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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