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Senior Theatre Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 pa
Salary period
18/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Senior Theatre Practitioner/Sister/ Charge Nurse in a busy theatre environment, working as part of the general surgery team.

The Vascular & Thoracic theatre team are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic registered nurse / operating department practitioner to join our busy service. In Vascular theatres, we work alongside nine consultants offering all aspects of vascular surgery including a high quantity of open cases and a variety of hybrid and endovascular procedures. Thoracic theatres run up to eight all-day lists from Monday to Saturday and last year we performed ca. 1000 surgical procedures; our service includes open thoracotomies, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgeries with a view to start robot-assisted thoracic surgery very soon. We also do rib fixations and chest wall reconstructions in partnership with plastic surgeons, as well as a variety of interventional airway cases which includes non-surgical lung volume reduction in the hybrid laboratory. 

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

 As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


- Act as the patient advocate and to maintain high standards of patient care, appropriate to the age of the patient, where relevant and ensuring that patient objectives are achieved using a systematic approach to patient care.

- Provide clinical leadership to the theatre team and give expert advise on professional and theatre matters.

- Facilitate open communication to encourage effective team building and develop both within and outside the department, taking the opportunity to promote the aims and the values of the department and trust.

- Act as a positive role model demonstrating sound clinical judgement and initiates change for enhancing patient care.

Experience and Skills:

- Clinical experience in both Vascular and Thoracic surgery

- Able to work flexibly across a variety of shift patterns

- Able to interact diplomatically and tactfully with all disciplines of people

- Have insight into the demands of the senior theatre practitioner role

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RGN or RODP
  • Experience in Vascular and Thoracic surger
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship award or equivalent
  • Foundation Management Course or equivalent
  • Leadership training / qualification


Essential criteria
  • Awareness of professional regulations in the NHS
  • Theatre teaching experience
  • Recent experience working in an acute theatre unit
  • Working with learners
  • Logical and consistent work pattern
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Leadership Experience
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical management experience
  • Experience in implementing change


Essential criteria
  • Clinical scrub skills – generic and speciality specific
  • Recognises and manages stress in self/others
  • Insight into demands of the role
  • Approachable and supportive attitude
  • Leadership skills
  • Able to organise self and others
  • Motivational skills
  • Able to clearly demonstrate decision making skills
  • Able to take initiative
  • Competent with computer systems
Desirable criteria
  • Assertiveness skills

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Flexibility within work patterns
  • Clear rationale for application to post


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
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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

Jonathan Neil Sabarre
Job title
Team Leader
Email address
Telephone number
0238120 4548
Additional information

Joanne Gorsuch

Team Leader 


0238120 4320 

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