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Experienced Operating Department Practitioner / Anaesthetic Nurse

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

  • To plan and manage the implementation of individual care programmes for patients in the perioperative period as part of the Theatre Team.
  • To guide, instruct and monitor junior staff, students and support staff.
  •  Following a period of support and training the Practitioner will deputise for the Team Leader. 
  • To practice in accordance with Professional Codes, and statutory requirements
  • The post holder will be expected to meet objectives set out during Personal Development Review in line with the KSF outlines.
  • To work flexibly within any area of the Trust as directed by the Matron/Sister to provide support according to service needs

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

Why not become part of a well-established theatre team? We are a friendly, supportive and inclusive team who create an environment where we believe good working relationships are the key to building a team who can deliver excellent and safe patient care.   

Based in the vibrant university cathedral city of Exeter, the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust serves a local population of 420,000 across Devon with specialist services provided across a wider catchment area.

We have a strong reputation for being a high performing organisation with a track record of success including an international reputation for specialist care, research and innovation. We have exciting & ambitious plans for the future to deliver high quality healthcare solutions which meet the needs of the people we serve.

We are seeking to appoint dynamic, experienced Operating Department Practitioners or Nurses for Anaesthetic duties (4 years’ minimum experience). You will plan and manage the implementation of individual care programmes for patients, in the perioperative journey, as part of the theatre team. You will provide and deliver a comprehensive service which will include a high quality of patient care.

General Theatres undertake a wide range of specialities in both the elective and emergency settings including Orthopaedic Trauma, ENT, Max-Fac, Plastics, Breast, Vascular, General Surgery (inc. upper GI/Colorectal) and Urology (Inc. Robotic procedures). As part of the Anaesthetic Team we also cover Obstetrics and Gynaecology within the Centre for Women’s Health, plus a wide-range of remote area Anaesthesia across the hospital (including MRI, Endoscopy, Cardiology etc.) – experience in remote area working is essential.

You will be required to work as part of a 24 hour unit participating in on calls, weekend working, sleep-in standbys (covering maternity) and night duties.

Cell-salvage competency/experience is desirable, though we can facilitate in-house training for those who are unfamiliar with the process.

We require professional, flexible, motivated and committed team members capable of delivering high quality, patient-focussed care within a busy, progressive and varied department.

We place a strong emphasis on personal and professional development. In return for your dedication, you will benefit from in-house induction and competency programme and a Theatre Practitioner Band 5 Skills and Expectations Development Programme. You will be supported by our departments Team of Clinical Educators who will be working in the clinical setting supporting you.  Also, there will be opportunities to undertake further courses in support of your on-going professional development and career progression.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours (usually 3 x 8 - 6 shifts, 1 x 12 - 9 or sleep-in Maternity Standby)

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Lee Galvin, Clinical ODP Manager for Anaesthetics, or Joe Niblett, ODP Practice Educator Anaesthetics, on 01392 402368 or or

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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