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Theatre Practice Development Lead

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Part time - 28.5 hours per week
Job ref
£40,057 - £45,839 PA/PR
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 have an exciting opportunity to appoint a Band 7 Theatre Practice Development Team Lead


We are looking for a dynamic enthusiastic individual (RN or ODP) who will be able to lead the team of Practice Educators as they provide education and clinical skills training to staff, apprentices and students alike.



Using their previous experience of working in an acute clinical setting the successful applicant will have opportunities abound to demonstrate their tenacity in pursuance of goals to bring the best in clinical education for staff, apprentices and students


This role calls for a special person who is driven to achieve and make a difference

Main duties of the job

  • To be managerially and professionally accountable, thorough their team, for the effective delivery of all clinical training, Basic Life Support and Manual Handling training
  • To be responsible for the management of all learners based in theatres across site and the maintenance of an up to date register of Surgical First Assistants for assignment in hours, or bank shifts, for the different specialities as required
  • Working in conjunction with the Theatre QI and Project Lead the applicant will support clinical audits with a view to ensuring training which supports audit findings


  • There will be an expectation that the successful candidate will have experience of both management and report writing and be able to prepare sound business cases as required


  • The successful candidate will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and a proven commitment to patient focused excellence




  • Ability to work on own initiative within the parameters set by senior management

Ability to quickly gather key information, especially when changes to practice are required, and ensure the team respond with timely training material and schedules

Working for our organisation

Our Trust has 30 operating theatres across three sites and employs approximately 475 theatre staff. We have a wide range of specialties serving adults and Paediatric patients. These include General Surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Urology, Vascular, Emergency Surgery, Head & Neck and Obstetrics


This role will give the successful applicant great opportunities to impress with their abilities to lead a team of senior, technically proficient staff responsible for the training of others


The successful applicant will be happy to work with their direct team while supporting the theatre management team to achieve their shared objectives. The successful applicant will reap the benefits of inclusion within a dynamic and diverse senior team    

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For this role the successful applicant will be expected to identify and implement the necessary education and skills training for all theatre staff, apprentices and students in line with GHNHSFT’s values and strategic priorities   

 They will be instrument in planning the overarching theatre training plan to assist in the ongoing staff recruitment and retention plans.


Full job description attached

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Active registration with the NMC/HCPC
  • 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
  • Able to prioritise own workload and that of others as appropriate
  • 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 all grades and levels of staff to ensure effective service and care delivery
  • Able to effectively and appropriately escalate concerns to reduce risk and promote patient safety
Desirable criteria
  • Educated to degree standard/evidence of ongoing study/prepared to start study programme
  • Previous experience in a relevant speciality
  • Demonstrates ability to keep up to date with professional issues that influence practice in specialist area, management, education and research
  • Able to contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies/protocols/guidelines relevant to area of practice
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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Catrin Day
Job title
Matron Theatres & Pre-Assessment
Email address
Telephone number
0300 422 6420