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Theatre Nurse / Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) - Band 5


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Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Gloucester / Cheltenham
£25,655 - £31,534 pa pro rata
Salary period
30/09/2022 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

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.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Active registration with NMC/HCPC
  • UK recognised qualification in Operating Department Practice / Adult Nursing
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of professional portfolio and registration revalidation


Essential criteria
  • Experience (through placement or employment) of working in an acute clinical environment
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in a relevant speciality

Knowledge & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Have good communication skills both written and verbal 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.
  • Able to supervise non-registered and less experienced staff to ensure effective service and care delivery.
Desirable criteria
  • Have good knowledge of TRAK computer system or similar hospital computer system.
  • Able to contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies/protocols/guidelines relevant to area of practice.
  • Demonstrates ability to keep up to date with professional issues that influence professional practice relating to area of clinical practice, management, education and research.

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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

Sally Beamish
Job title
Deputy Matron - Theatres
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