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Theatre Nurses & Operating Department Practitioners NMC/HCPC

Job Description

PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit) or Recovery is the area within the main theatre suite on UHCW site where patients are transferred after their surgery. Once they are awake, alert and stable they are transferred back to their speciality wards. There are 16 adult bays and 4 paediatric bays along with 2 OIR (Overnight Intensive Recovery) bays where patients are kept overnight for close monitoring on them.

The department is very busy with a throughput of 60-80 patients per day. Staff are fully supported by doctors and senior nurses at all times. PACU is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers flexible working times and actively encourage professional development.


We are currently looking for recovery practitioners who would be interested in working twilight shifts Mondays to Thursdays. Start and finish times for these shifts are negotiable, however we are looking for cover from 1600-midnight.

UHCW NHS Trust has 32 theatres in total with 22 theatres in the Main Theatre department, 5 theatres and 2 treatment rooms in the Day Surgery Unit and 5 theatres at our Rugby St Cross site. We also provide anaesthetic assistance in the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Neuro Coiling, ECT, and for various invasive imaging procedures when required.

We undertake over 400,000 procedures a year ranging from outpatient cystoscopies to transplant surgery, covering many specialties from cardiothoracic to neurosurgery and gynaecology. As a Major Trauma Centre we currently have 2 dedicated theatres for the trauma and emergency workload with additional sessions allocated for major reconstructive surgery.

As a provider of patient-centred care, we are passionate about delivering excellent care to our local and extended population in the acute environment and in recent years, our theatres have achieved large gains in productivity and efficiency through improved capacity management and real-time tracking of theatre activity

Recruiting to Values

To ensure that we provide world-class patient care, UHCW recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours Framework and Values Based Recruitment Factsheet which can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Joseph Lukka - Theatre Charge Nurse -  ( Phone number removed ) 

If you are identified as the successful applicant and are currently not being paid by the Trust (new starter), depending on you level of exposure with patients you may be required to undertake a Standard or Enhanced DBS. The cost of this check will be charged to you and will be deducted from your salary over the first 3 months of employment at the current rate.

The University Hospitals of Warwickshire and Coventry is located in the West Midlands and is home to one of the largest teaching hospitals in England. Our mission to Care, Achieve and Innovate is demonstrated in our reputation for innovation, teaching and research and high quality patient care. University Hospital in Coventry is one of the most modern healthcare facilities in Western Europe.

The Trust is committed to Equal Opportunities within the workplace. All vacancies will be considered for Job Share unless otherwise stated. All applicants who have a disability and who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be interviewed. Where a post has an overwhelming repsonse, this Trust may use random selection in order to reduce numbers to interview, any disabled applicants will automatically be guaranteed an interview and will be exempt from this process.

If you are short-listed for this post you will be contacted by the Resourcing Department via e-mail. Due to the high volume of applications for some posts, we regret that we are unable to provide notification if your application is unsuccessful. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the stated closing date for the post, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

The Trust is committed to flexible working opportunities including job share.
Childcare Voucher Scheme available to help with the cost of childcare. University Hospitals has an on site Nursery at Coventry.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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