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Staff nurse - theatres and anaesthetics

Job Reference: 188-NM2033

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Theatres & Anaesthetics
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£24,214 - £30,112 pa

We’re looking for nurses to join our theatres and anaesthetic care group at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS. We welcome staff with an interest in working within the theatre environment. No experience needed, as we’ll provide in house training with a set supernumerary period.

Please note that this vacancy is for experienced nurses – if you’re a newly qualified nurse you should apply through our dedicated newly qualified adult or child nurse adverts.


In our care group we cover many different surgical specialities, both adult and paediatric. We’re the regional centre for many of our specialities and we’re affiliated with the University of Southampton for research. UHS is the trauma centre for the region, and our trauma theatres are a big part of this service.

We’re also the leading centre for IOERT in the country (Intra operative radiotherapy) currently available in colorectal and HPB surgery.


There are 651 staff currently working across the theatre and anaesthetics care group staffing 31 operating theatres across the Southampton General Hospital and Lymington Hospital sites. Our specialities include trauma and orthopaedics, plastics, general/emergency surgery, urology and robotic surgery, colorectal, cardiac, thoracic and vascular, ENT/OMF, HPB/UGI, spines, neurosurgery and paediatrics.

In our care group, we have the following teams:

  • Pre-assessment
  • Surgical Day Unit
  • Pain team
  • Anaesthetics
  • Recovery
  • Theatre scrub
  • Lymington theatres/outpatients/ pre assessment

There are various roles available within our care group, including anaesthetic nurse/ODP, scrub nurse/ODP, recovery nurse/ODP, and day surgery nurse.


We offer opportunities to enhance your skills and be part of a forward thinking and supportive multi professional team. Competency in intravenous therapy and chemotherapy administration is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these skills you will be offered training to support you to develop these skills.

A robust package of induction, development and education offered.

Theatre and anaesthetics offers you the chance to gain diverse experience; many of our current staff also work in different roles, for example scrub and anaesthetics. Rotation to other specialities is also encouraged, and so will have the opportunity is also available to undertake training as a surgical first assistant.  

As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible environment in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working where the needs of the service allow and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


Rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, UHS is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application. 

For further details / informal visits contact:

Lisa Attrill

Recruitment Coordinator



Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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