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Theatre Nurse/ODP Band 5

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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£25,655 - £31,534 PA
Salary period
08/12/2021 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

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and dynamic ODPs/Theatre Nurses or Nurses looking for a career change. Who enjoy the challenge of working with a supportive team in a busy environment. This is a brilliant chance to join our friendly team in providing a first class service to our patients

Main duties of the job

Existing anaesthetic or scrub skills preferred but willing to train and upskill the candidate who can demonstrate a drive and determination to work in this specialised and single patient focused environment.

Qualities required

  • Enthusiasm
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Outstanding Interpersonal skills
  • Reliable and conscientious
  • To work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team covering a 24/7 service
  • To assess, plan, implement, evaluate and provide high quality patient care

Working for our organisation

We are one of the largest Trusts in the country, with a turnover of £420 million. We employ more than 8,000 staff, and provide specialist, personalised care.

Gloucester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has over 30 operating theatres across 3 sites. We have a range of specialities including General Surgery, Trauma, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology, Urology, Vascular, Emergency Surgery, Head & Neck, Obstetrics and Paediatrics.

Within the theatre environment has 2 emergency theatres and 2 obstetric theatres. Our service runs 24/7, 365 days a year.

The trust has an excellent opportunity for appointing theatres practitioners to our team, that are passionate about delivering the highest of standards of care.

We have a dynamic and versatile team that provide the best care for everyone. With support from management, professional development team and the team, the future is looking very positive and being part of this team at this exciting and energetic time will be an excellent opportunity

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To assess, plan, implement, evaluate and provide high quality nursing care.
  • To work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, carers, relatives and all members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Maintain and develop high standards of care
  • To manage caseload of patients within defined clinical area.
  • Take on responsibility for personal development and support the development and supervision of others by developing and maintaining specialist knowledge pertaining to theatres.
  • Contribute towards the continuing development of professional practice in the clinical area
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner and be a role model to less experienced/ non registered and new staff at all times
  • Work proactively to ensure that every patient attendance meets the patient’s expectations and needs with timely undertaking of procedure and effective communication with relatives, patients and carers.
  • To supervise and teach junior members of staff and learners as required, and maintain own personal development with support.

Patient care

  • Demonstrate and promote a patient and family centred style of clinical practice.
  • To be responsible for the organisation of own caseload and appropriately delegate to support workers or other staff members in order to ensure effective time management. To assist the team in the day to day running of the clinical area.
  • To communicate with the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to aid effective patient care, which will include taking an active role in team meetings and specialist interest group meetings. Either working alone or as part of the multi-disciplinary team, to make recommendations for appropriate and timely discharge/transfer from hospital
  • Respond to emergency situations with composure, maintaining patient safety and seeking immediate support, supporting the patient, family and other staff as required.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers potentially complex, sensitive or distressing information; in order to provide patient centred care, to encourage self-management. Patients may have communication, perceptual or cognitive/understanding difficulties.
  • To maintain clear, accurate and concise patient records in line with departmental and professional standards and include relevant outcome measures.
  • Maintain patient dignity and confidentiality at all times

Professional practice

  • Ensure clinical practice is evidence based or peer reviewed “best practice”
  • Develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to deliver and evidence based service.
  • With supervision and assistance take on increased responsibility recognising own limitations and seeking help appropriately
  • Be competent in the use of all relevant Trust IT systems including the use of electronic patient record, email, and PACS.
  • Maintain regular use of emails to keep abreast of information disseminated in the Trust
  • Adhere to the NMC/HCPC Code of Conduct at all times and operate within the NMC/HCPC scope of professional practice.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of accountability, responsibility and duty of care and work towards the provision of support and education for less experienced and non-registered staff on the implications for practice.

Leadership and management

  • Comply with Trust and Departmental policies and procedures e.g. Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Manual Handling, clinical equipment competency, risk management, Data Protection Acts and patient confidentiality at all times. This will include demonstrating compliance with the terms of all safeguarding policies and processes relevant to the safeguarding of adults and children in the care of GHNHSFT and to undergo regular mandatory training concerned with safeguarding matters.
  • In conjunction with their manager, identify training needs of self, participating in clinical audit and quality projects which contribute to the departmental education programme.
  • Report near misses and untoward incidents, complaints, clinical emergencies, injury or medicine administration errors as detailed in the departmental and Trust protocols. Assist lead staff in investigating incidents as required.
  • Maintain and contribute to the development of standards of practice, conduct or decision making in conjunction with lead staff.
  • Ensure a smart, professional image that enhances the public perception of the Trust and the professionalism of its staff is portrayed.

Education and training

  • Be actively involved in and support departmental education programmes
  • To consolidate and learn new skills and competencies to provide holistic care. To develop clinical reasoning and treatment techniques through the active participation in training and development. To consolidate knowledge and skills learned through this process with the direction of senior staff.
  • To participate in the supervision, caseload monitoring and clinical education of student nurses and less experienced staff with support of senior staff, as required. Providing support, guidance, training, and assessing and evaluating competence, in order to fulfil clinical governance requirements and retain a skilled workforce.
  • Develop the skills to supervise, mentor, support and educate less experienced and non-registered staff in the clinical practice setting.
  • Undertake all mandatory training
  • Demonstrate a commitment to research based practice and clinical excellence and play and active part in the introduction of research based change to improve patient centred care.

Improving quality and developing practice

  • Comply with requirements to register with the NMC/HCPC and identify own learning needs and ensuring own professional development is maintained by keeping up to date with practice developments.
  • Work with senior staff undertaking audit and research projects, to further own and team’s clinical practice within each rotation. To be involved in making recommendations for changes to practice and procedures for the relevant clinical area, and the implementation of these changes.
  • Contribute to the Clinical Governance and Quality agenda by active participation in service initiatives, health and safety and risk management.
  • Develop and share own clinical knowledge with other members of the wider clinical team both locally and nationally.
  • Engage in clinical supervision in order to gain an appreciation of its value in clinical practice
  • Identify own development needs, aligning these to service requirements and personal aspirations. Proactively develop and improve own practice using all available resources
  • Understand and contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies/ protocols/ guidelines relevant to the specialist area.
  • Openly question and challenge practice in a constructive way so that standards of patient care are continually evaluated and improved.

General conditions Confidentiality

In the course of your employment, you may have access to, see or hear confidential information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and or staff. Unless acting on the instruction of an authorised officer, on no account must such information be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duties. Breaches of confidence, including improper passing of registered computer data, will result in disciplinary action, which may lead to dismissal. You should be aware that regardless of any action taken by your employing authority, a breach of confidence could result in a civil action for damages.

In addition, records, including VDU screens and computer printouts of registered data must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them. Written records must either be destroyed or retained in safe custody when no longer required, VDU screens should always be cleared when unattended.

Terms and Conditions of Service
The principle terms and conditions of your appointment will be those set out in the Agenda for Change national agreement as amended from time to time by the NHS Staff Council. These terms and conditions are set out in the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook, which is available on the Trust’s intranet and NHS Employers web site.

Health and Safety
It is the duty of every employee to work in such a way that accidents to themselves and to others are avoided, and to co-operate in maintaining their place of work in a tidy and safe condition, thereby minimising risk. Employees will, therefore, refer any matters of concern through their respective line managers.

Data Quality
As part of your employment you may be required to record Patient Information (computerised or on paper). You have a responsibility to ensure that information is entered accurately, completely and consistently. It is particularly important that patients’ demographic details are kept up to date. Problems should be reported to your Manager.

No Smoking Policy
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust operates a no smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the buildings and grounds of all Trust sites. These restrictions include all areas up to the boundaries of all sites.

Job Share
As part of its commitment to Equal Opportunities in employment, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a policy on Job Sharing. Under this policy all posts, unless exempted, are open to Job Share.

This job description is not intended to form part of the contract of employment or to be a complete list of duties and responsibilities, but is a good guide for information to the job. It will be periodically reviewed in the light of developing work requirements in the department. The officer in the post will be expected to contribute to that review.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Active registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council NMC/ HCPC
  • United Kingdom recognised qualification in Adult Nursing/Operating Department Practice
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of professional portfolio and registration revalidation
  • Experience (through placement or employment) of working in an acute clinical environment
  • Willingness to develop new skills and competencies
  • Have good communication skills both written and verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent presentational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates ability to maintain and contribute to the development of standards of practice, conduct or decision making in conjunction with team
  • Demonstrates ability to use clinical reasoning skills and techniques to assess and plan care: deliver, evaluate and amend the treatment plan.
  • Acts as a role model and are able to lead by example to ensure the Trust’s Values and Behaviours are reinforced throughout their area of practice
  • Able to supervise non-registered and less experienced staff to ensure effective service and care delivery
  • Have good knowledge of TRAK computer system or similar hospital computer system.
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in a relevant speciality
  • Have good knowledge of TRAK computer system or similar hospital computer system.
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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

Natalie Ball
Job title
Senior ODP
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Telephone number
0300 422 5330