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Theatre Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 5

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Theatre Practitioner
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Salary period
30/11/2022 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

This post is suitable for a Registered Nurse or Operating Department Practitioner, the primary role is surgical scrub and associated duties working within the surgical theatres at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. The role includes on call duties and this requires that the post holder be able to attend theatres within 30 minutes of a call.

Main duties of the job

Our surgical theatres cover a wide range of specialities including General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery elective and Trauma, Gynaecology, Urology, Ear Nose and Throat, Vascular, Dental including Inpatient and day surgery admissions. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of surgical skills whilst rotating through multiple surgical specialities.  Our Theatres also provides 24 hour emergency cover for the Fylde Coast and beyond.

We are a forward thinking modern Foundation Trust and are looking to recruit a Staff Nurse who is highly motivated, open to change and demonstrates excellent communication skills.  As an integral member of the team the post holder will assist and participate in the smooth running of the theatre.


Working for our organisation

We have ten surgical theatres, three of which are dedicated day surgery.   We have a fantastic team of staff and they would support any new member of the team.  There would be a period of teaching and training for the successful candidate and we have a dedicated Practice Development team who would facilitate induction and training.  There is also the opportunity for rotation between in patient and day case theatres.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Accountable within the theatre team to ensure that the standard of patient care is of a high level, quality being of prime importance. To adhere to and practice within the Nursing and Midwifery/ Health Professional Council’s Code of Professional Conduct.
Ensure adherence to agreed Trust policies. The position is primarily a theatre practitioner with scrub and circulating duties although some rotation and flexibility will be required to meet service needs. The post-holder will be called upon, occasionally to take charge of the unit/area. The post holder will be expected to participate in internal
rotation, weekend, unsocial hours and on call duties. It is a requirement of the post that the post holder be able to attend theatres within 30 minutes when undertaking on call

Please see the attached Job Description for full details.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse level I, II ENB 183/182 Advance certificate in Operating Department Practice (Anaesthetic) NVQ level III/Dip ODP Diploma in Operating Department Practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching and Assessing qualification


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in a critical care environment
Desirable criteria
  • Current or previous experience in theatre particularly within a scrub practitioner role.


Essential criteria
  • Able to attend hospital within 30 minutes when on call
  • Ability to establish Priorities
  • Team Player & Team Leadership qualities
  • Assertiveness
  • Good time management
  • Basic I.T skills
  • Decision maker
  • Good communicator at all levels
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

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

Darren Howe
Job title
Senior Lead Theatre Practitioners
Email address
Telephone number
01253 9553841
Additional information

Gemma Holden

Senior Lead Theatre Practitioner

01253 553016