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Theatre Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner

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

Role Summary

We’re looking for registered Theatre Professionals to join our friendly, supportive team who are committed to delivering high quality, patient-focussed care within busy and varied departments. We are seeking to appoint Operating Department Practitioners and Nurses colleagues for our Theatres and Anaesthetics teams.

You will plan and manage the implementation of individual care programmes for patients, in their surgical journey, across our general and specialist theatres, whether in our acute or community setting in beautiful Devon.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role:

Are you passionate about making a difference to our patients? With or without experience, we’ll provide full training, development and support to help you start your career as part of our amazing Operating Theatres team! 

Here at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust we place a strong emphasis on personal and professional development. You’ll receive an in-house induction and competency programme.

Our support for you doesn’t end after a set period, our department’s Team of Clinical Educators work in the clinical setting and are on hand when you need extra guidance and encouragement whenever you need it. We also have the Royal Devon wide Buddy scheme to ensure that you have someone to help and guide you and answer any questions you might have.

There will be opportunities to undertake further professional courses in support of your on-going professional development and career progression.

We have a range of Theatre environments in a selection of locations for you to choose what interests you:

General Theatres – Our General Theatres undertake a wide range of specialities in both the elective and emergency settings. These include Orthopaedic Trauma, Ear Nose & Throat, Maxillo Facial, Plastics, Breast, Vascular, General Surgery and Urology (which includes state of the art robotic procedures.

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Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week.

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

For further information please contact: Caroline Thompson, Clinical Nurse Manager, 

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 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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