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Band 6 Anaesthetic Nurse/ODP

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 weekly)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 Per Annum Excluding HCAs
Salary period
26/10/2021 23:59
Interview date

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Job overview

Come and join our forward-thinking talented team who work really well together. We continually strive to offer great opportunities to develop and progress our staff. We consider the role of the theatre practitioner to be fundamental and innovative, always seeking as a team to evolve and improve. If you are an experienced Anaesthetic Nurse or Operating Department Practitioner specialising in Anaesthetics, and looking to join a team like ours, we are offering two full-time posts (37.5 hours per week / job share) Band 6 Anaesthetic Nurse / Operating Department Practitioner Anaesthetic position within our busy suites


Main duties of the job

We have 6 Main Theatres and 4 Day Treatment Centre Theatres specialising in: Orthopaedics and Trauma, Bariatric, General, Colorectal, Breast surgery, Urology,  Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Ophthalmology. We also act as a key member of the Cardiac Arrest and Obstetric teams during and out of hours.

You will need to deliver a holistic care approach that is current, evidence based and effective. You must have a broad knowledge and skill base including communication and team working skills, in order that you contribute to the smooth running of the theatre department.

To be considered for this role, you must hold the appropriate qualifications to be a current registered practitioner (RGN/ODP) and demonstrate an appropriate qualification in anaesthetic nursing/ODP, as well as evidence of continuing professional development.




Working for our organisation

We are committed to ongoing professional development and opportunities for you to undertake a wide range of in-house and university based training programme.

The Whittington Hospital has a reputation as one of the safest hospitals in England. As an integrated care organisation, providing both hospital and community services, we offer a range of development opportunities along with attractive benefits to staff at all levels of our organisation.
Our aim is to provide outstanding care.  Care that is better coordinated, in the right place and designed around individual patient’s needs. This means we can bring high quality services closer to home and speed up communication between community and hospital services, improving our patients’ experience.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Clinical Responsibilities
  • Monitor and maintain the quality of nursing activities and achieve the prescribed standards of nursing/ODP care set for the department.
  • Maintain individualised nursing/ODP care according to guidance provided by the Professional Development Department and senior nursing staff.
  • Provide counselling for patients, their relatives and nursing/ODP staff as appropriate.
  • Liaise with colleagues and community staff to ensure continuity of clinical practice.
  • Acting as an anaesthetic member of the theatre team and partakes accountability for achieving high standards of care within the anaesthetic area.
  • Providing assistance to the surgeon/anaesthetist/nursing/ODP colleagues as required.
  • Co-operating with appropriate departmental staff to ensure correct positioning of patient for operative procedure and to ensure safe and smooth running of theatre list.
  • Co-operating with appropriate departmental staff to ensure prompt collection and dispatch of specimens.
  • Checking, witnessing and administering controlled drugs.
  • Co-operating with appropriate departmental and ward staff in sending for patients to the operating department and returning patients to their wards.
  • Participating in the pre/peri/post anaesthetic/operative care of the patients.
  • Advising the Team Leader/Sister/Charge Nurse of proposed changes in the order of operating lists and understands the relevance of escalating concerns.
  • Carry out nursing care to the highest possible standard according to Trust Policies and Practice and Clinical Guidelines. This requires a thorough understanding of policies and guidance related to, for example, infection control, hygiene and individualised patient needs.
  • Ensuring that stock levels in the specific clinical area you work in daily, are kept at a reasonable and safe level.
  • Provide Cell Salvage collection, processing and reinfusion processes in accordance with Trust policy, Patient Safety and clinical requirements, appropriate to the user’s skill level.


  • Managerial responsibilities
  • The post holder will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to use equipment safely and effectively.
  • Exercise professional accountability as guided by the NMC Code of Conduct (nurses)/ HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council).
  • Act as an effective role model.
  • Inform the Team Leader of any activity in the department which affects patient care.
  • Report all incidents / accidents involving patients, visitors or staff, in accordance with Trust policy. The post holder will ensure that the correct documentation is fully completed and forwarded to the appropriate personnel in accordance with Health and Safety requirements.
  • Report all complaints to the Theatre Matron. In cases where investigation is required, verbal or written statements and any other evidence, such as copies of documentation, must be provided promptly and professionally.
  • Maintain effective communication with patients, relatives, the multi disciplinary team and significant others.
  • Liaise, communicate and negotiate with colleagues of other speciality services and departments to ensure co-operation with achieving objectives, to promote good working relationships and to establish a team spirit.
  • Ensure that nursing procedures and policies are followed.
  • Participate in the induction / orientation of new staff.
  • Assist in provide support, guidance and counselling for junior nursing staff, trainee ODP's and learner nurses.
  • Assist in maintaining the correct environment for teaching junior nurses, trainee ODP’s and learner nurses and be aware of post registration course requirements.
  • Demonstrate procedures and supervise qualified and unqualified staff.
  • To use resources both effectively and efficiently.
  • Assist in the collection of necessary data using local I.T systems.
  • Maintain accurate written documentation in relation to patient care.
  • Practice in a cost effective and cost awareness manner
  • The post holder will manage a group of staff and you will be accountable to ensure that their sickness is managed in line with the Trust Sickness and Absence policy.
  • Ensure that staff you manage have a yearly appraisal and that this is uploaded onto ESR (Employee Staff records).
  • Ensure that the staff you manage are complaint with all of their mandatory training

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RGN/RN with anaesthetic course or Operating Department Practitioner with Diploma/Degree in Operating Department Practice
  • Proof of registration with NMC (nurses) or HCPC (ODPs)
  • Recent experience of working within theatres as an anaesthetic practitioner


Essential criteria
  • Able to work under minimum supervision
  • Ability to prioritise and possess effective decision making skills
  • Able to work as a team member
  • Able to manage learners
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Competence in a range of skills and any additional training undertaken
  • Good IT skills
  • Experience in an operating theatre setting


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of a range of surgical procedures
  • Health and Safety Regulations
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Data Protection
  • Infection Control regulations
  • Current nursing/operating department research and developments
  • Evidence based practice in Theatres
  • Commitment to/evidence of continuing professional development

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Always act in a professional manner
  • Good communication with patients and multi-disciplinary team
  • Enthusiastic and motivated
  • Flexible and willing to rotate to all areas
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to deal with stress


Essential criteria
  • Good attendance record
No smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committed

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Barbara O'Donnell
Job title
Anaesthetic Team Lead
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 5400
Additional information

For further details and informal visits, please contact-

Barbara O’Donnell

Anaesthetic Team Leader Band 7, Main Theatres

Bleep via main switchboard 020 7272 3070 bleep 2709

Landline 020 7288 5400

Email: Barbara.ODonnell@nhs.net


If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3767