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NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
30 hours per week (We have both full & part time vacancies available)
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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Whiston and St Helens Hospital Sites
£25,655 - £31,534 Per Annum (Pro Rata if Part Time)
Salary period
29/05/2022 23:59

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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust logo

Theatre Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 5

Job overview

Looking for a new challenge?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for qualified Nurses and Operating Department Practitioners to join our highly skilled Theatre Teams working in our spacious, fully equipped state of the art Theatres across both Whiston and St Helens Hospital Sites.    

The post holder will gain experience in General Surgery, Urology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Burns and Plastics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a busy Emergency and Trauma Services.

Why Join Us? In exchange for your dedication and enthusiasm, you will benefit from:

- Comprehensive induction;

- Supernumerary/preceptorship period if you are a newly qualified ODP or a Nurse;

-Training in various surgical specialities;

- Access to funded courses;

- Support with revalidation.

The post holder will be dedicated, flexible and have excellent communication skills. Suitable applicants should have demonstrable theatre experience but consideration will be given to enthusiastic applicants without Theatre experience as we have our own Clinical Education Team to support training, preceptorship and development for Theatre Staff.

The post holder may be required to work across both Whiston and St Helens sites and will be flexible working weekends including on call commitment, with a possible rotation to night duty and participate in rotation between specialties.

Main duties of the job

To supervise the development of clinical teams by creating a learning environment in which the individuals’ performance is reviewed.

To supervise the delegation of work within the team and review performance. 

To work with and on behalf of the Theatre Operational Lead managing key operational aspects of theatres and providing support and advice on all matters.

To establish excellent working relationships with all service users and actively encourage and promote joint working in the pursuit of continuous service improvement. 

To effectively manage departmental budgets by co-ordinating the monitoring and review process  of the use of income and expenditure

Working for our organisation

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are also a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Maintain personal, professional knowledge and clinical competencies as required for NMC/HPC.

Responsibility for the implementation and delivery of individual patient care on a research based best practice approach.

In close liaison with others promote a culture of training, development and evidence based research in the pursuit of clinical excellence. 

The term Advanced Scrub Practitioner (ASP) is defined by the Perioperative Care Collaborative (PCC 2003) as the role undertaken by a health care practitioner providing competent and skilled assistance under the direct supervision of the operating surgeon while not performing any form of surgical intervention.

The extended role of Advanced Scrub Practitioner (ASP) as defined in ‘Trust Guidelines for Advanced Scrub Practitioner’ is included within the remit of this role for Theatre Practitioners who has successfully undertaken (or is undertaking) the ASP course recognised by the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) and/or the National Association of Assistants in Surgical Practice (NAASP). A register of staff who are skilled to undertake this role is held by the theatre Operational manager for risk management and audit purposes.

To support development and implementation of operating department practices in theatres which reflects evidenced-based research e.g. NCEPOD and clinical audit to improve the quality of patient care. 

To act on and support implementation of appropriate actions in response to complaints or comments by patients and/or service users.

To ensure that all equipment and working practices within theatres comply with and meet the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act and other statutory requirements.

To ensure that the quality standards in all areas of service provision by monitoring and reviewing performance while contributing to the improvement of all quality standards.

To input on and support implementation of appropriate actions in response to Datix reports

Support the Operational Lead to undertake risk assessments to identify potential risks to patients and staff and success of operational objectives, producing action plans as necessary. 

To take individual responsibility of being aware of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered or Student Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner with current NMC or HCPC Registration
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant diploma or degree, or working towards
  • Teaching and assessing/mentoring qualification
  • Related ENB/Theatre courses

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of clinical skills required to undertake the role
  • Knowledge of current professional & clinical issues
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults procedures
Desirable criteria
  • Substantial post registration experience
  • Substantial post registration experience within an acute hospital setting


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management, record management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team


Essential criteria
  • Motivated individual, commitment to personal & professional development
  • Flexible and adaptable approach

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Caroline Butcher
Job title
Deputy Theatre Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0151 676 7820
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