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NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
£28,407 - £34,581 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Salary period
09/06/2023 23:59

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Theatre Practitioner (Whiston) Recruitment event 21st June 2023

NHS AfC: Band 5

Job overview

Are you a qualified Staff Nurse/Theatre Practitioner, if so we want to hear from you?

We are holding a recruitment evening on Wednesday 21st June 2023 17:00-20:00pm, where you will have the opportunity to have a walk around Whiston theatres, meet the team and be interviewed.

This will be based at Whiston Hospital, Warrington Road, Prescot, Merseyside, L35 5DR, Level 4 Orange Zone.

St Helens and Knowsley Theatre departments are expanding, opening an additional 2 theatres and we are looking for qualified and experienced ODP’s and RGN’s to join our friendly and professional team.

Come and hear about the training and development opportunities we offer and support available from our Clinical Practice Leads in theatre.

The post holder will gain experience in General/colorectal Surgery, Urology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Burns and Plastics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Robotics and Bariatric and experience a busy Emergency and Trauma Service.

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

- Comprehensive induction;

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

-Training in various surgical specialities;

- Access to funded courses;

- Support with revalidation.

Applicants will be registered with the NMC or HCPC,  They will be enthusiastic, self-motivated with a commitment to work with our multi-disciplinary team in providing safe, quality care for all our patients.

Main duties of the job

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.

Working for our organisation

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and one of the 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 360,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are 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.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Acute Trust of the Year – HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in the North West for quality of care (NHS Staff Survey 2021)
  • Best place to work in the North West (NHS Staff Survey 2021)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2021 the Trust scored the highest marks in the North West for the following areas;

  • Standard of care
  • Best place to work
  • Care of patients being the Trust’s priority
  • Staff engagement
  • Staff morale
  • Compassionate and inclusive
  • Providing a safe environment for staff

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


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

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

To work with and on behalf of the Theatre Team Leader 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.


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

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 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 Team Leaders 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.


To assist and support the Team Leaders in achieving clinical, operational and corporate objectives, by the supervision of the clinical team.

Support the management of emergencies by all personnel is fully compliant with hospital and trust policy.

To support the theatre team in order to support the achievement of the Care Group and Trust objectives through the appraisal process.

Support the Team Leaders and Theatre Operational leads to manage inefficiencies and ineffective utilisation.

To supervise the implementation and regularly review agreed clinical protocols to ensure patient safety.

To actively participate in all clinical audits.

Participate in the recruitment and induction of staff working in theatres and ensure Trust policies on recruitment and retention are strictly adhered to.

Ensure own Personal Development Plans following the appraisal process in support of service provision are monitored and met within agreed timescales and support team members PDP as required.

Support staff discipline in all areas of service delivery and where necessary escalate to team leaders and operational leads to manage incidents of misconduct in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.

Support and encourage the integration of staff throughout theatres and aim to develop a greater breadth of competencies enabling service flexibility for the future


Support the Theatre Operational Lead to achieve meeting financial targets by effective use of resources.


To observe the provisions of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.

To actively participate in the annual performance review to identify personal development needs

To attend Trust Statutory and Mandatory training sessions as required and any other training courses relevant to the post.

To fully comply with the relevant sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act.  They must also understand and implement St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Hospitals Trust “Statement of Policy on Health and Safety at Work” and the Trust corporate “Health and Safety Policies and Procedures”.  You are required to follow all applicable rules and procedures relating to Health and Safety at Work and to take all responsible precautions to avoid actions.

To be aware of the confidential aspects of the post. To keep up to date with the requirements of information governance; undertake mandatory training and follow Trust policies and procedures to ensure that trust information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively. Breaches of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action that may involve dismissal. You must maintain the confidentiality of information about service user staff and organisational business in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) and Caldicott Principles.

The post holder should also be aware that, regardless of any action taken by the employing authority, breaches of confidentiality could result in civil action for damages.

All staff will be treated with respect by management, colleagues, patients and visitors and equally staff will treat management, colleagues, patients and visitors with the same level of respect. Staff will be supported to challenge any discriminatory behaviour that may be based on differences in race, disability, language, culture, religion, sexuality, age, and gender or employment status.

You will be expected to undertake the Trusts’ commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

To ensure that when creating, managing and sharing information records it is done in an appropriate way, subject to statutory requirements and agreed security and confidentiality policies, procedures and guidelines.  All employees are responsible for implementing and maintaining data quality, ensuring that records are legible and attributable and that the record keeping is contemporaneous

In accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, the post holder will actively participate in the prevention and control of infection within the capacity of their role.  The Act requires the post holder to attend infection prevention and control training on induction and at regular updates and to take responsibility for the practical application of the training in the course of their work.  Infection prevention and control must be included in any personal development plan and/or appraisal.

To adhere to relevant Code of Practice of Professional body (if appropriate)

The post holder must be flexible in the duties performed and it is expected that similar duties, not specifically listed above, will be carried out as required and may be cross site.

 The duties contained in this job description are not intended to be exhaustive. 

The duties and responsibilities of this post are likely to evolve in line with the Trust’s continued organisational development.

To adhere to the NHS Constitution and its principles and values. You must be aware of your Duty of Candour which means that you must be open and honest during your employment and if you see something wrong, you must raise it. You must read the NHS Constitution in full and can download this from the Trusts intranet site or the website. Hard copies are available from the HR Department on request.

The Trust is a non-smoking site. Failure to follow this rule could lead to disciplinary action

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered 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

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyHSJ Best places to workJob share policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident leaderCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldStep into health

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 478 7820