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Staff Nurse Theatre/Day Unit- Band 5

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Staff nurse Theatre/Day Unit- Band 5
Band 5
Part time - 34 hours per week
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Cheltenham Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 pro rata
Salary period
28/08/2022 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

Eyford Day Surgery and Theatre Team (Ophthalmology) have a vacancy post for part- time (34 hours) 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 anesthetists 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 Theatres 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 system entry correctly

8. To accept link role responsibilities



Working for our organisation

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.

Detailed job description and main 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.

To admit/discharge patients for surgery.


Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Registered ODP.

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.


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 theatres

Ability to work under pressure and effective time management.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching and Assessing course
  • Ophthalmology Course


Essential criteria
  • Minimum of one year experience working within clinical/hospital setting
  • Have current or recent experience performing 'scrub' duties within Theatre setting
  • Have experience covering 24 hour on call over 7 day week
Desirable criteria
  • Have experience working in a Day Unit setting

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • 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 certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Maria Juan
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0300 422 2985