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Senior Scrub Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Theatres & Anaesthetics
Band 6
Fixed term: 6 months (6-month secondment)
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
18/01/2021 23:59
Interview date

Due to a vacancy within the Colorectal scrub team; there is an exciting opportunity to join the team as a band 6 senior scrub practitioner for 6 month secondment in theatres at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated senior theatre practitioner with demonstrable leadership skills who is clinically proficient in Colorectal Surgery. 


We are a small, but very busy team, working alongside 10 consultants and undertaking all aspects of Colorectal surgery.

We are the theatre team providing the Colorectal Service at UHS. Within our speciality, we cover different types of surgery:

  • Major open and laparoscopic cancer surgery

  • Intestinal Failure surgery

  • Trans Anal Minimal Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)

  • Major Pelvic Surgery - encompassing the Intra-Operative Radio-Therapy (IORT) and Pelvic Floor Surgery including the Sacral Nerve Stimulation Procedure, for faecal incontinence.

In providing our service, we often collaborate with other surgical specialities, having close links with Vascular, Hepatobiliary (HPB), and Urology. Our lists are conducted within the F Level Centre Block Theatres and the G Level Modular Theatres.  We have an operating list every weekday, and two concurrent lists every other Tuesday and every Wednesday.

Our team supported the first Intra Operative Radiotherapy procedure in the country.  The “Mobetron” is the first portable system able to provide an intensive form of targeted radiation, given at the time of surgery, to treat a wide variety of advanced cancers that are difficult to remove and treat. We are regularly covering this highly complex procedure that normally requires surgery until midnight which requires special skills. Within these cases, we provide assistance to a multidisciplinary team of expert surgeons, anaesthetists, radiographers, oncologists, and physicists.

We fully support our surgeons in the provision of the Intestinal Failure Service.  We have operated on 190 patients who have been treated in our region for between 6-24 months, enabling their discharge from hospital and improved their quality of life.  Our Intestinal Surgery Service has the provided the only 100% success rate in the UK.

We are also a flagship Trust in being one of the first in the country to provide the AXONICS rechargeable neuromodulation implant, for faecal incontinence.  A life changing procedure, allowing increased freedom for the patient in their day today life.

We are now in the process of planning to support our surgeon to develop the Colorectal IPEC service. IPEC is an intensive form of abdomen and pelvis localized chemotherapy treatment performed at the same time as complex cancer surgery, and used to treat a variety of chemotherapy sensitive solid organ malignancies that have metastases which affect the peritoneal surfaces.


For us effective leadership is fundamental to this role. We are looking for a dynamic team member with excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, alongside confident decision making to support the team in achieving the highest standards of patient care within theatre.

You need to have a commitment to developing others and support the theatre department’s management structure. This post will enable the successful applicants the opportunity to further develop their scrub and leadership expertise in what is a demanding area of complex surgery. As the service develops further an early adopter of change for innovative working will be required.

The successful post holder will be required to cover a full range of shifts: early, late, night, twilight, 7 am starts, and weekend shifts, in support of our service commitments 24/7.


We are looking for a dynamic and motivated person, who enjoys working clinically and leading the team when required and is currently working at band 5/6 level and would love the opportunity for more development, current Colorectal theatre scrub experience is essential.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

At UHS, we are also able to offer significant educational opportunities, including:

In-house theatre and anaesthetic courses (for nurses)

Leadership development courses

University post-qualifying modules (such as mentorship, care of the deteriorating patient, leadership & management of change)

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


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. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. Southampton has good road links to motorways and the rail network for easy commutes to the Cities of London and Bath as well as easy access to the Coast such as Bournemouth and Weymouth. Southampton is a vibrant city, close to the New Forest, access to sailing and water sports in the Solent and all that you would expect from a University City.

The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on the 10th February 2021  


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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