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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/12/2021.

Recovery Practitioner

Job Reference: 216-JG-S4169

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
216 120398 Main Recovery
£25,655 to £31,534 per annum pro rata

We are a people business – where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.

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The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require most healthcare workers and those staff with contact with patients to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by the 1st April 2022. To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by the 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

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Postbridge and Main Recovery rotational post – Band 5

We would like to invite you to join our friendly team in the glorious West Country. Situated on the beautiful South West coast, Plymouth boasts many local Heritage sites and areas of ‘outstanding natural interest’. At Plymouth Hospitals, we recognise that work is only a part of your life - and the Trust is ideally located for walking, cycling, climbing, sailing and many other indoor and outdoor pursuits. Plymouth also has good transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe via road, rail and sea.

Plymouth Hospitals is a large acute trust in the Southwest of England, situated on the Devon and Cornwall border and provides perioperative care for elective and emergency patients across the region. The hospital is a designated Trauma Centre and tertiary referral centre for Neurological and Cardiac patients. The trust is a teaching hospital with close links to the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Plymouth.

Due to structural reorganisation within the Trust we have an exciting opportunity to offer a rotational Band 5 registered practitioner role. This rotational programme would be between the Planned Surgical Admission Unit and Main Recovery. The successful candidate would be expected to undertake a rotational programme of work/training between the two perioperative areas. This would involve completing relevant training within each area which would allow the individual to comfortably work as a practitioner in either area.

Both areas offer a different set of challenges and learning opportunities due to the nature of the work which is carried out within these units i.e. Main Recovery deals with recovering all aspects of immediate post-operative patient care as well as providing support to HDU and the other acute care settings within the hospital. The Planned Surgical Admissions Unit prepares elective surgical patients and once they have been through Main Recovery prepares the patients for discharge home. Current projects being carried out with the Units are the 23 hours stay ward, this is where patient's only requiring an extended day rather than admission are recovered overnight and discharged home the next dy. This project alleviates pressure on ward bed and allows for a smooth care pathway to be offered to patients. The other project being implemented is within Main Recovery, this project is called PORS (Post Operative Recovery Stay). The idea of PORS is to allow high Acuity patient to receive their surgery without needing a HDU bed. this is done by have a dedicated practitioner provide an overnight Level 1+ care environment. This alleviates pressure on HDU and allows our patients a care pathway where the chance of cancelation due to lack of a high acuity bed.

The ideal practitioner must show a commitment to high quality patient care and excellent team work along with a genuine interest in the care of surgical patients & development of the Surgical Service. You will be expected to work internal rotation including evenings, weekends and night shifts.

You will need to have an ability and enthusiasm to continually improve our service while supporting staff, students, patients and relatives. We are looking for someone who is an excellent communicator and team worker –flexible and motivated, along with a positive attitude to participating in new initiatives.

As a team we are dedicated to delivering high quality care for our patients and currently have an exciting and ongoing programme for improvement, which allows us to constantly review our practice and perioperative pathways. Our pathways are developed in consultation with patients and users of this service. In addition, we have a team of dedicated Perioperative Clinical Educators who work alongside the teams in practice, ensuring that the theatre teams are supported and remain current in perioperative practices.

Our Trust core values are ‘Put patients first’, Take ownership’, ‘Respect others’, and ‘Be positive’ If you agree that these values should be integral to your work, then Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has much to offer you.

For further information, an informal discussion about the role or to arrange a visit to the team, please contact SSR Julie Overnell 01752 431225 or HODP Dave Pendleton on 01752 433100. If neither of the Band 7’s are available then please contact Matron Sue Johnson on 01752 432778.

We very much look forward to receiving your application and will be in touch via NHS Jobs if you have been shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then please note you have not been successful on this occasion.

Interviews will take place end of December 2021 beginning of January 2022.

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require most healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated (first and second dose) against COVID-19 by a UK approved vaccine by the 1st April 2022. To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their first COVID-19 vaccination by the 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

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University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children & vulnerable adults. Many of our posts are subject to Disclosure & Barring Service check (DBS). A copy of the DBS Code of Practice is available on request. Should the position that you are applying for be subject to a DBS check, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust will fund the cost* of your DBS check application. Should you decide to voluntarily resign from the Trust within two years from the start date of employment, you will be asked to meet the cost* of the original DBS application, which will be reclaimed from your last month’s salary. *Current cost of an enhanced DBS is £40.00 per application.

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