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Theatre Practitioner - Elective Centre

Band 5

Main area
Surgery & Anaesthetics
Band 5
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Burnley General Teaching Hospital
£23,023 to £29,608 pa
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At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 7,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

The Lancashire Elective Centre at Burnley General Hospital is recruiting a full time band 5 Theatre Practitioner / Operating Department Practitioner to join our scrub / anaesthetic team. There is also the fantastic chance to widen your experience by working in the elective centre ward area and the infusion suite.

This exciting opportunity is offering you the chance to become part of our dynamic team working within this unique unit that is continually evolving. This unit covers all elective admissions to include an infusion suite, day surgery unit with an inpatient facility, procedure room and DVT clinic. 

The theatres / procedure room cover a range of specialities such as General Surgery, Vascular, Urology, Max Fax, Dental, Chronic Pain services and Orthopaedics. We deal with both adult and paediatric patients.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual that thrives in a fast paced environment who aspires to deliver high quality care within a team of innovative professionals where every individual’s contribution is valued. At the centre of our focus is always the patient. You must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Experience is not essential, as training will be given. We have a comprehensive training package as well as dedicated training and development practice education facilitators.

This post will be predominantly at Burnley General Hospital but some rotation across sites at ELHT which includes Royal Blackburn Hospital may be required. This post may include participation in weekend and night rotation.

Duties Include:

  • To provide expert standards of care to patients
  • To maintain a safe environment for all
  • To maintain accurate and clear documentation
  • To act as scrub / circulating nurse and/or
  • To act as anaesthetic / recovery nurse
  • Participate and promote service development

The successful candidate must have good communication skills, be well motivated, enthusiastic, and flexible in their approach to work with a passion to help our unit to progress with its success. The willingness to learn and an enquiring mind is essential. As is the requirement of being a fist level registered nurse or operating department assistant. Also you will need to be able to work on your own as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we may use this to contact you regarding your application.

Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a minimum number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

The Trust is committed to creating a well managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity; we value the contribution of individual talent, skills, knowledge and experience and aim for a workforce demography representative of the local community. We operate Zero Tolerance to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure our recruitment and selection process is accessible to all. Flexible Working applications will be considered. The Trust operates a No Smoking Policy.

Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact a member of Recruitment Services on 01254 732075 at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post.

Please Note: new entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the first pay point of the relevant band.

This job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested. 

Dear Potential Applicant,

It is important you are made aware of the changes which East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has implemented with regard to charging for the cost of undertaking Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) Checks (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau or CRB) and how this may impact upon you.

As this position is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and involves work that is identified as a regulated activity as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006), any offer of employment is provisional upon a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

The cost of an Enhanced Disclosure will be £48.00, which includes a small handling fee.

In line with other NHS organisations in the North West Region, the Trust is now passing the charge for undertaking a DBS check on to candidates in the event they are successfully appointed into the post for which they have applied.  Candidates can choose whether to pay this over 1-3 months as a deduction from the monthly salary.  By applying for this vacancy you are agreeing to this undertaking in the event you are successfully appointed.

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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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