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Staff Nurse, Theatre/ Day Unit- Band 5

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
Staff Nurse, Theatre/ Day Unit- Band 5 (33 hours a week)

Eyford Day Surgery and Theatre Team (Ophthalmology) have a vacancy post for part- time (33 hours/week) scrub/day unit nurse. We are looking for an enthusiastic Registered Nurse, who is ready to broaden their nursing skills in this busy and friendly unit. We care for patients undergoing elective surgery and also ophthalmology emergencies requiring surgical intervention. We are a specialized area and we work with an excellent team of surgeons and anaesthetists providing the best care for all of our service users. If you are motivated and enthusiastic, this could be a fantastic opportunity for you to be part of an outstanding team.

Main duties of the job

You will be working mainly in Theatre but you will have the opportunity to work in the Day Unit on a rotational post upon arrangement. The aim of the rotational system between the Theatre and Day Unit is to provide high standards of patients care.

The main duties of the job will be:

1. To perform 'scrub' duties in Theatre

2. To develop new skills and competencies with willingness

3. To admit/discharge patients safely

4. To cover 24 hour on call emergencies

5. To attend and provide evidence of ongoing professional development

6. To manage own workload, be organised, tidy and work efficiently and in a timely manner

7. To manage and complete Trak care/H-Trak system entry correctly

8. To accept link role responsibilities

9. To instil eye drops pre-operatively/intra-operatively

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

You will be part of an existing team of experienced nurses who provides excellent care of patients undergoing ophthalmic elective and emergency surgery. Eyford Unit consists of two Operating Theatres and three Bays in the Day Unit. To give you a wide range of Ophthalmology experience, you will be expected to work in theatre and on the day unit. Once you have gained experience and skills in this role, you will be placed to further develop your expertise as opportunities arise. The team observes kindness, respect and treats all service users in a professional and friendly manner.Our working hours varies from 8-18:30 or 8am - 8pm (Tuesdays only) and you will be expected to be flexible to meet the needs of the service. We operate Monday to Friday and one Saturday/month.

Contact Details

Maria Juan (Ward Manager)

0300 422 2985/ 4123

Job description

Job responsibilities


To prepare operating room by checking all necessary equipment and machines required are available and functional.

Ensure sterility of the instruments and check their conditions prior to use.

To attend and engage in WHO team briefing.

To scrub and assist surgeons when required.

Ensure all equipment is accounted for and correct after the operation.

To accurately document and chart procedures undertaken during surgery.

Details are entered accurately on Trak/H-Trak and Medisoft system.

Conduct final assessment after the procedure and provide a brief post-operative instruction to the patient.

To clean theatres at the end of the day. Ensure cleaning checklist is followed and completed on a daily basis.

To admit/discharge patients for surgery.


Registered Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Basic IT skills

Basic levels of dexterity and accuracy pertaining to clinical skills.

Act as a resource for all staff disseminating clinical skills and knowledge.

Have basic theatre scrub experience.

Have basic knowledge of ophthalmic surgery or ophthalmology in general.


Demonstrate ability to assess patient condition and implement appropriate care, within the disciplinary team.

To communicate effectively, especially where patient ability to do is compromised.

Have the ability to disseminate contentious and delicate information appropriately.

To adhere to all Trust policies and procedures and professional code of conduct

To retrieve and input patient and staff information from computer based system.


Dealing with difficult situations/people.

24 hour on -call for theatre.

Ability to work under pressure and effective time management.

Consolidation of training and development of clinical skills.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with valid NMC pin number


  • Teaching and Assessing course
  • Ophthalmology Course



  • Appropriate years experience working within clinical/ hospital setting
  • Have current or recent experience performing 'scrub' duties within Theatre setting
  • Have experience covering 24 hour on call


  • Have experience working in a Day Unit setting

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Have good knowledge of Trak computer system or similar hospital computer system
  • Able to manage own workload and work well within a team
  • Have the willingness to develop new skills and competencies
  • Have good communication skills both verbal and written and interpersonal skills
  • Be able to work under pressure, be well organised and have the mature and flexible approach to problem solving

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Cheltenham General Hospital


GL53 7AN

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