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Operating Department Practitioner

Band 5

Main area
317 Trustwide
Band 5
37.5 hours per week (Full & Part Time Hours Available)
Job ref
317 Trustwide
£24,907 - £30,615 pro rata, per annum
Salary period
16/05/2021 23:59
Interview date

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

Would you like to work for a Trust where you can be proud of the contribution you make to delivering high quality healthcare with a personal touch, come and join a Trust which recognises the contribution our Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practitioners make, and values the work they do.   This is reflected in our current strategy “Proud of Nursing and Midwifery in Newcastle; Compassion Quality and Excellence in all we do” 2013-2016 (see link in Additional Information for full document)

This is an opportunity to start your career in theatres or to enhance and learn new skills outside the ward environment. If you want to work in busy theatre suites then these may be the perfect opportunity for you.     

Theatre posts are suitable for both newly qualified and experienced practitioners. You would work as part of a highly skilled team where you can gain a wealth of experience, supported by a Senior Team including a Clinical Educator. Candidates interested in developing a career in theatres will have the opportunity to develop a range of relevant skills, including, intravenous drug administration, scrubbing techniques.

We are particularly looking for:

Ophthalmology / Maxfax Scrub RVI

Neuro Scrub RVI

Anesthetics & Recovery RVI

       Recovery Freeman

       General / Vascular Scrub FH

       Hepatobiliary Transplant Scrub

       Cardio Scrub FH  

       Cath Labs FH

We currently have a number of Trust wide vacancies, the size and complexity of the Trust means that the range and number of posts varies over the course of the period that this advert is live.

We recommend that candidates who are interested in an operating department practitioner or a nursing role within our Trust theatres contact the   who will in turn direct you to the leads for those areas.

It is useful to know which specialist area/s you have a keen interest in, so we can direct you to the most appropriate Matron to answer all your questions regarding the vacancy, hours and shift patterns, etc.

Informal visits can also be arranged if requested.

You will have time at the interview to look at the full list of vacancies, as there may be a specialty or area you didn’t realize we could offer.

We look forward to your application.

The Trust do not offer alternative interview dates so candidates need to be available for the interview date shown on the current  advert

As a Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor or Operating Department Practitioner, in our Trust, we recruit staff who are committed to delivering a professional, caring and compassionate approach, putting patient care at the heart of all they do.

All of our clinical areas are supported and lead by experienced Matrons - contact details are available on our Trust website (see link in Additional Information).  Please make contact and perhaps arrange an informal visit?   A full description of all our clinical directorates can be found in the Additional Information sheet attached to this advert.

May we suggest that candidates who are interested in such roles contact the  who will in turn direct you to the leads for these areas.

At interview you will be asked to select your preference for working specialty including site, and we will endeavour to appoint to your first choice where possible.   If you would like to contact us about any of the vacancies use the hyperlink within the Additional Information for direct line managers details or email: 

Interview Date:-  25/05/21

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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.

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