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At the Healthcare Management Trust we are committed to delivering the highest quality healthcare and understand that our well-trained, passionate team of employees lie at the heart of delivering the service our patients and residents expect.

Our team of employees share our vision to provide world class healthcare, and we continuously improve the skills within our workforce to ensure we maintain our position within the healthcare sector. We know our team have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and by working together we develop an exciting and innovative workplace.


Principle Duties



  1. Provide high standard nursing care for patients within the Operating Department and ensuring patient safety and dignity measures are observed at all times.
  2. Participating as a scrubbed member of the nursing team, carrying out safety checks of swabs, instruments and needles in conjunction with the circulator and immediately reporting any discrepancies to the Surgeon and Nurse In Charge.
  3. Act as a circulating member of the Theatre team.
  4. Assisting with other members of the team in the preparation and clearing of Theatres.
  5. Assisting with the labelling and despatch of the theatre specimens.
  6. Reporting to the Nurse in Charge, incidents, accidents, complaints, defects in drugs supplies or equipment.
  7. Assisting in the compiling of the operations register. Maintain accurate patient documentation.
  8. To use the correct procedure when handing a patient into the care of another nurse, giving the correct information and instruction.
  9. To provide assistance to the Anaesthetist and Surgeon.
  10. To undertake ‘on call’ sessions as required.
  11. To participate in clinical supervision
  12. Advising senior nurse or theatre manager of any proposed changes to the thetre list.
  13. To undertake any other duties related to Theatre services as requested by the Matron/Hospital Director.
  14. To participate fully in the Hospital Quality Programme e.g. H.A.P. and departmental audits.
  15. To be fully aware of the Hospital policies and to undertake duties in accordance with these.
  16. To provide a safe environment for the safety and welfare of patients and staff by complying with:-
    • Health & Safety At Work Act
    • Fire Prevention and Management
    • COSHH
  17. To participate in the hospital annual appraisal scheme.
    • To be aware of and comply with all Hospital policies and procedures
    • To adhere to all matters relating to Health & Safety
    • To participate in all hospital wide Quality Assurance initiatives

Ensure patients, visitors and staff are protected against acquiring a healthcare associated infection by effectively maintaining and utilising hospital systems designated to assess the risk of, and prevent, detect and control, the spread of healthcare associated infections. Also to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene, including all equipment, reusable medical devices and all other materials used during the provision of services to patients


  • To develop and maintain staff morale and contribution through positive and proactive leadership, communication and example.
  • To participate in the development and maintenance of communications both written and verbal with patients, users and other managers and staff within the hospital, communicating nursing issues in a positive and professional manner.
  • Provide support in the operating theatre to support consultants, anaesthetists and clinical colleagues.
  • Bring to the attention of senior managers at St. Hugh’s Hospital any concerns regarding the performance of other colleagues that is questionable, or where practice is poor, in accordance with the Public Disclosure’s Act 1988.



Support a culture of teamwork within the theatre department.

Collaborate with all members of theatre to ensure efficient running of the theatre department.

Use resources effectively in order to provide quality patient care whilst having an awareness of budgetary issues.

Assist the theatre manager in the induction of new members of staff to their duties.

Supervise junior registered and unregistered staff as appropriate.

Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safe keeping of patients’ property in accordance with hospital policy.

Ensure where appropriate that the programmes of training for learners, both student nurses and support workers are completed.

Participate in formal and informal teaching sessions as required and undertake training to act as a mentor to students according to experience

Contribute to the monitoring and control of expenditure and use of resources.

Contribute to the improvement of services where appropriate.



In addition to the key job responsibilities detailed in this job description all employees at St Hugh’s Hospital are expected to comply with the following standards:


Infection Prevention

To maintain a clean, safe environment, ensuring adherence to the Hospital’s standards of cleanliness, hygiene and infection prevention.


Health & Safety

To take reasonable care to prevent injury to themselves or others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

To co-operate fully in discharging HMT policies and procedures with regard to health and safety matters.

To immediately report to their manager any shortcomings in health and safety procedures and practice.

To report any accidents or dangerous incidents to their immediate manager and safety representative as early as possible and submit a completed accident / incident form.

To use protective clothing and equipment where provided.

Whilst the aim of the hospital is to promote a co-operative and constructive view of health and safety concerns in the organisation, all staff must be aware that a wilful or irresponsible disregard for safety matters may give rise to disciplinary proceedings.


Equality & Diversity

Be aware of need for own personal development and be prepared to attend and undertake any necessary training, being aware of the need to develop oneself and to strive to increase personal knowledge.

Contribute to making the clinical environment conductive to learning and development where individuals feel able to discuss ideas and action as well as showing initiative.


Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults

St Hugh’s Hospital is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment.


Information Governance

All staff have an individual responsibility for creating accurate records of their work and for making entries into and managing all patient records effectively in line with all the Health Record Keeping Policies and Procedures in order to meet the Hospital’s legal, regulatory and accountability requirements.



To actively participate in governance activities to ensure that the highest standards of care and business conduct are achieved.


General Policies, Procedures and Practices

To comply with all HMT and Hospital policies, procedures and practices and to be responsible for keeping up to date with any changes to these.


Freedom to Act

The post holder will be accountable for their own actions, using own initiative, acting autonomously within their designated area but working within HMT policies and procedures.


Job Revision

This job description should be regarded as a guide to the duties required and is not definitive or restrictive in any way. The duties of the post may be varied from time to time in response to changing circumstances. This job description does not form part of the contract of employment.


Key Competencies

Qualifications (Academic, Professional & Vocational)

  • Registered Nurse or Registered ODP
  • City & Guilds 730 Teaching qualification or equivalent

Previous Experience & Knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge of patient group
  • Knowledge of audit
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Ability to practice within scope of NMC code of professional conduct
  • Awareness of Health and Safety at Work Act, Infection Control and COSHH
  • Experience in a scrub role

Specific Requirements

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Listening skills
  • Basic IT skills