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Theatre Practitioner - Anaesthetic and Recovery/Scrub

Band 5

Main area
Surgical and Anaesthetics Services
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (various hours available)
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Across East Lancashire Sites
Across East Lancashire Sites
£27,055 - £32,934 per annum
Salary period
17/04/2023 23:59

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 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic, committed, hardworking, and highly motivated, Registered Nurse’s or Operating Department Practitioner’s to join our family of dedicated Theatre Practitioners at # We are ELHT theatres 

Band 4 Nurse Associates are welcome to apply 

Main duties of the job

We have 11 theatres at the Royal Blackburn site and 17 at Burnley General and together we carry out a wide range of both elective and emergency surgery through many specialities including: Gynaecology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, general surgery, vascular, colorectal, HPB, Urology, orthopaedics, trauma, ENT, maxillofacial including ground-breaking complex head and neck reconstructive surgery and Robotic assisted Surgery. 

Working for our organisation

We are a university teaching trust, experience is not essential, as training will be given. We have a comprehensive training package, we invest and develop our workforce and you will be supported by a team of dedicated Practice Educators.

We encourage innovation. ELHT already has the largest and most comprehensive programme of robot assisted surgery in the northwest, with the region’s leading surgeons removing head and neck, urological and colorectal cancers at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.  A second robot has been installed at Burnley General Teaching Hospital allowing surgeons to perform robot assisted surgery for gynaecological/Urological cancers. The extra capacity will also allow ELHT to perform more robot assisted surgery which will eventually include Hepato-biliary cancers.

Our aim is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care, by putting safety and quality at the heart of all we do.  The 2019 staff survey results see East Lancashire Hospitals score higher than the national average for 9 of the survey’s 11 key themes, including health & wellbeing, quality of care, morale, quality of appraisals, safety culture, staff engagement and team working.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We require a committed, motivated, hardworking individual to work in our theatres. You will be required to show flexibility in your approach to the role and have excellent time management and communication skills.  We also expect all applicants to be dedicated to their role and enhance their knowledge and skills.  This post does include participation in weekend and night rotation.  Duties Include; providing expert standards of care to patients, maintaining a safe environment for all, completing accurate and clear documentation, acting as scrub / circulating nurse and or act as anaesthetic /recovery nurse depending on qualification and experience

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse – 1st or 2nd Level or ODP 752, Level 3/Certificate of Higher Education or Diploma Advanced certificate in operating dept practice
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Proven ability to comply with detailed procedures
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Experience of Theatre practice
  • Clear and accurate record keeping

Personal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Clear and accurate written/verbal communication
  • Able to work the hours required by the need of the service.
  • Able to adapt to the changing needs of the service
  • Proven ability to work within a team and be an effective member.
  • Demonstrate a sympathetic /sensitive approach and to be able to speak effectively to colleagues, staff and patients
  • Actively seeks to develop own skills and clinical knowledge
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to use own initiative.
  • Able to deal with confidential information in the appropriate manner.
Desirable criteria
  • Electronic Communication
  • Have an understanding of team building
  • Willingness to undertake future study for own professional development and service needs

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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

Kayleigh Hayhurst
Job title
Theatre Team Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01282 805121