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Registered Theatre Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner

Main Responsibility

  • 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


We will work with you to help you be the best version of you at work.

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'll help you get there.

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're 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'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, physiotherapy, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll 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'd love to hear from you.

About the role

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

More detail about the role

We are seeking to appoint dynamic dedicated Theatre Nurses and Operating Department Practitioners for scrub and anaesthetic duties. 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 Fax, Plastics, Breast, Vascular, General Surgery including. upper GI/Colo-rectal and Urology including Robotic assisted urology procedures to our services. Within these theatres you will be required to work as part of a 24hr unit participating in on calls, weekend working and night duty.

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.

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Working Pattern: 4 day week consisting of 08:00-18:00 3 days 11:30-21:00 weekend cover 1 in 4 08:00-14:30 and 14:30-21:00 on call cover and night shifts 21:00-08:00 to cover holidays and sickness when required

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact Caroline Thompson Clinical Nurse Manager Emergency surgery/ Recruitment  on 01392 402409/2415 /

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

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.

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.

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


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