Lead Theatre Practitioner | Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Job details
Posting date: 22 May 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £43,742 - £50,056 per annum pro rata
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 21 June 2024
Location: Maidstone, ME16 9QQ
Company: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 6325197/359-6325197-T2

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An exciting opportunity has opened for a Lead Theatre Practitioner at Maidstone Hospital.

Maidstone Hospital has eleven theatres; providing in-patient and day-case elective surgery for orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology and breast surgery. In addition to general surgery, ENT and ophthalmology.

We are seeking an experienced Lead Theatre Practitioner (RN or ODP) to be part of the Maidstone Theatre Department; providing proven evidence of experience in the listed specialities. Possessing an aptitude for adaptability; you will preferably have a proficient knowledge of anaesthetics and be responsible for managing the equipment, maintenance and training.

The successful candidate will be dynamic and motivated to drive theatre efficiency; working closely with surgical and anaesthetic doctors to deliver excellent patient care. You will demonstrate the ability to work unsupervised, perform well under pressure and be experienced in change management.

You should possess exemplary communication and organisational skills, be approachable and demonstrate leadership qualities that focus on staff well-being and a positive departmental culture.
• Ensure the provision of a high standard of care to all service users
• To participate in risk assessments, audits and investigation of incidents.
• To work within the framework of the NMC/HCPC Code of Professional Conduct at all times
• Possess an awareness of legislation and policies governing theatre practice
• To maintain a high level of competent practice within the Scope of Professional Practice
• In partnership with the Clinical Director, Directorate Matron and General Manager develop, implement and lead the framework for clinical governance and patient safety including monitoring of effectiveness
• Responsibility to ensure care is patient-focused and underpinned by evidence-based practice and continual knowledge and skills of staff
• Lead on Directorate Nursing/Practitioners initiatives
• To ensure the safeguarding agenda within the directorate is implemented with effective systems throughout the service including effective liaison with other agencies as required
• Support systems for measuring and improving the quality of the patient experience within the Directorate
• In collaboration with the Associate Director of Nursing, Clinical Director, Directorate Matron and General Manager, support the Directorate’s approach to improving compliance with AFPP Standards Units, NHSLA standards, CQC registration and other regulatory requirements
• Ensure that systems and processes are in place to maintain the health and safety of the patients, visitors and staff.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust’s core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients – the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trust’s 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic) and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

We support our staff with disabilities to ensure they have the adjustments they need to be the best they can be in the workplace. Collaborating with Access to Work means that our staff are assessed by experts in the workplace and we ensure that their recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible. You can find out more here: Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: What Access to Work is - GOV.UK (

Interview Date: To be confirmed

This advert closes on Wednesday 5 Jun 2024

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