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Newly Qualified ODP

Band 5

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Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 pa
Salary period
15/05/2023 23:59

Job overview

At University Hospital Southampton (UHS) we are proud to be a designated Trauma centre, one of only 2 within the south of England to offer both adults and paediatrics full onsite major trauma provision. We supply award-winning care, UK firsts, and ground-breaking clinical trials. Our teams provide services for over 1.9 million people living in Southampton and beyond. 

We have a growing theatre complex and are looking for talented and dedicated ODP's to join our team. We are looking for ODP's that are looking to graduate this year that would like to join our team. 

As a University Trust, we value learning, teaching and training. If you choose to join our team from the moment you commence your journey, we will support you by offering preceptorship for the first year of your career.

At UHS we are guided by our values of putting patients first, always improving and working together. So if you are dedicated to patient care, improvement and collaboration we would love to hear from you.

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

What we can offer you


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 considering the needs of the service. UHS employees can access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), 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. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities


What you’ll do


  • Ensure that accurate records and information systems are maintained.
  • Ensure the safe control, custody, and administration of all drugs within the perioperative area in accordance with Trust Policies and national legislation.
  • Assist the Team Leader to ensure that clinical practices accurately reflect trust values
  • Inform Team Leader/Theatre Manager if there is a change in circumstance which may affect safe and competent practice.
  • Assist the Team Leader to actively lead in the development of their specialised areas within the peri-operative services.
  • ensure attendance of mandatory training sessions as required.
  • Able to demonstrate relevant IT and keyboard skills to enable electronic data collection and communication.
  • Effectively communicate with all disciplines, patients/clients and relatives.
  • Ensure incident forms are completed and acted upon and the manager is informed accordingly.
  • Assist the team leader to effectively lead a multidisciplinary team under pressure in, at times, a highly stressful environment, including emergency situations as required.
  • Ensure the security of the working area is maintained.
  • Ensure the provision of a safe working environment for the staff, patients and visitors at all times in line with the Health and Safety at work act.
  • Attend routine departmental meetings.
  • Ensure adequate stock levels of consumables are maintained and order
  • equipment and supplies as delegated
  • To provide high quality peri-operative and post-operative care to all patients by assessing care needs and developing, implementing, and evaluating them without supervision.
  • Ensures all equipment is cleaned, checked daily, and maintained and takes appropriate action with faulty equipment as per company policy.
  • Be responsible for the accurate accounting of all disposable and non-disposable instrumentation before, during and following a clinical
  • Participates and supports training in new equipment.
  • Ensure the safe positioning and transfer of patients within the department in accordance with trust and theatre policy and procedures.
  • Ensure availability and readiness of all equipment and instrumentation for all cases.
  • Ensure the work area is cleaned and prepared in accordance with infection control policy.
  • Participates in audit or research.
  • Ensure that the handling of specimens is carried out safely and the recording of collection is accurate.
  • To maintain standards of infection control within the unit and during clinical care and to assist patients to maintain their own infection control needs


What we’re looking for


We are currently seeking highly motivated individuals to join our expanding team, our services currently cover Neurosciences, Cardiac, ENT OMF vascular thoracic CEPOD trauma HPB GI Robotics, Pead’s including Recovery, Endoscopy, Interventional radiology, we also have a hybrid suit, as well as being a regional trauma centre for Southampton.

The successful candidates will be required to work an internal rotation shift pattern to provide 24/7 cover for the Trauma Service at Southampton and CEPOD.

The operating theatre suite is currently expanding, currently our theatres comprise 27 centre block and neurosciences theatres in five locations, providing a range of services from cardiac (four theatres) to paediatrics (seven theatres), and all specialties in-between.

Our major trauma theatres and elective orthopaedic theatres are innovative and ground-breaking within the trauma orthopaedic field, and our neurosciences team are at the forefront of their specialty with surgeons who are recognised by fellow professionals as leaders in their field.

Our paediatric service cares for children in all specialties including cardiac, neurosciences, spinal corrective surgery, oncology and paediatric orthopaedics. Our adult services include upper GI and colorectal services, where we have begun a programme of intra operative radiotherapy (IOERT), new to the colorectal service, as well as developing our robotics team. Our laparoscopic theatres have been newly refurbished and have state of the art facilities.

We also supply anaesthetic services across the Trust and to many satellite areas including radiotherapy and interventional radiology. We have integrated anaesthetic facilities and recovery unit.

The Trauma Teams will handle patients transferred directly from the accident / injury or from Trauma Units and A&E Departments across the region. These will include severely injured patients arriving by road or air ambulance and we need individuals that can help us provide a complex pathway involving numerous skilled staff and access to emergency treatment 24 hours a day.

As a newly qualified Operating Department Practitioner, you’ll have the qualification relevant to your registration with the HCPC. We will give you post-registration preceptorship and supernumerary period while we support your transitions from student to qualified practitioner. Weather your interest is scrub, anaesthetics, or recovery, we have a programme ready to support you starting your career. 

We are looking for excellent communication skills when caring for patients and within the multi-disciplinary team, to provide high quality, holistic, individualised care to all patients while demonstrating our trust values.


Additional information


Interviews will be held on Monday, 27 Mach 2023.

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification

Qualifications / training required

Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent experience
  • Commitment to complete training within the department
  • Evidence of on-going professional development
  • Good computer skills
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant theatre experience
  • Specialist theatre work-based learning course, or mentorship course, post-qualification

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute health service
  • Understanding of personal accountability.
  • Logical and consistent work and career pattern.
  • Aptitude for caring for the anaesthetised and/or acutely unwell patient
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within relevant care setting
  • Teaching Qualification or evidence of informal/formal teaching

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Motivated and commitment to career development
  • Reliable and honest
  • Enthusiastic
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations
  • Professionalism
Desirable criteria
  • Interest in research to promote good practice

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to initiate self-learning and development
  • Flexibility with working pattern

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

Applicant requirements

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

Emma Mills
Job title
Lead Practice Educator
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