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Theatre Practitioners

Job Description

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West. With 8,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services, working in nine hospitals in the centre and to the south of Bristol, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol and beyond.

Our hospitals include: Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Eye Hospital and South Bristol Community Hospital.

The city of Bristol is an exciting place to live and work whether you are looking for culture, shopping, eating out or sport, it’s all here for you.

Trust values: Respecting everyone, Embracing change, Recognising success, Working together

Everyone at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is valued, whatever their role. We are looking for people that live our values to help us make a difference to the thousands of patients who come to us for treatment every year. Being a member of staff here means treating everyone with respect. It means working together and embracing change to achieve excellence in every part of the hospital. Most of all, it means encompassing a desire to take personal responsibility for ensuring our patients get the highest quality care they deserve.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce.

Are you a newly qualified Nurse or ODP? An experienced Theatre Practitioner?
Do you like exciting new challenges; can we help you reach your clinical potential?
Bristol Royal Hospital for Childrens Paediatric theatres are looking for enthusiastic,
motivated and dynamic individuals to join our forward thinking state of the art theatre complex.

We have individualised paediatric training programs for the 3 main areas of recruitment, newly qualified Nurses, newly qualified ODP’s and experienced Theatre Practitioners. These programs are on average 3-4 months long to ensure you are competent and confident in delivering the skills and knowledge our patients require.

Our state of the art Theatre suite is among the best in the country, these facilities include a high quality 3D image guided Neurosurgical theatre, 3D image guided cardiac catheterisation suite, specialised burn theatre with detailed environmental controls and 2 ‘laser safe’ suites for ENT surgery. We are the paediatric major trauma centre for the south west, with every day bringing exciting new challenges.

Our Faculty of nurse education is affiliated with accredited universities throughout the south west. The team delivers training throughout the year on varying topics from Clinical simulation training at our designated education centre (situated across the road from the hospital, for you to access 0800 – 2200 weekdays and 0900-1600 at the weekends.) to a specific ‘Clinical Nursing Programme’ that includes IV Care and admin, Tracheostomy care, mentor training, pain management, HDU courses and Human factors simulations.

We as a department value the essential role education plays in the care of our patients, our theatre specific education team consists of 4 caring, motivated, dedicated and experienced individuals who will help plan your orientation programme and continuing professional development throughout your employment with us in the specialities of Scrub, Anaesthetics and Recovery.

We offer flexible working patterns and work with you to ensure a good work life balance

For further details / informal visits contact:
Ben Husband on ( Email address removed ) or Holly Buckley on ( Email address removed )


1. Please ensure you check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you throughout the recruitment process. We may also contact you by texting the mobile number, if provided, on the application form.

2. Due to the high volumes of applications we receive for certain posts, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the published closing date once we have received a sufficient number of applications.

3. Our Job Descriptions and Person Specifications outline both the details of the roles we are seeking to fill, together with the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required. Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate how they meet the requirements of the Person Specification will be shortlisted for this post.

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5. When providing employment reference details, please provide correct work related email addresses so references can be sought promptly when we are looking to progress your application. Your first referee will need to be your line manager, supervisor or clinical lead from your current or most recent post or place of study. This information is essential if your offer of employment is to be confirmed.

6. All vacancies followed by INTERNAL ONLY, have been classified as an internal role and only internal candidates will be considered.

7. All staff identified as AT-RISK who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly. Priority will initially be given to University Hospital Bristol employees.

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.

UK Registration

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