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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/02/2020.

Senior Practitioner - Post Anaesthetic Care Unit B7

Job Reference: 427-S20200107

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Theatre Recovery
£37,570 to £43,772 pa

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, North East Somerset and West Wiltshire. We provide 759 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services. The CQC recently rated the care we provide as outstanding .

New colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities at our Trust. You will work alongside high calibre staff, many of whom have a national and international reputation for specialist expertise and world-class care, focusing on providing the best services to our patients. Our values are simple; Everyone Matters, Working Together, Making a Difference, and represent our aspiration for the type of hospitals we want to be.

Bath is a wonderful place to live and work. Our main hospital site is 1.5 miles from the city centre and is served by great transport links including Park & Ride services and the national cycle route 24, 244. Bath offers excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene.

If we receive high level of applications, the vacancy may close early. So, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. If you feel you need additional time, please contact recruitment to discuss if we can help.

Senior Practitioner- Post Anaesthetic Care Unit B7

Are you ready for your next challenge to work as a Senior Theatre Practitioner in our Recovery Unit? If so, come and join our team.

The Unit

There a three Recovery Units based within the Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust.  Main theatres with 10 recovery spaces, Day Surgery theatres with 8 spaces and the Obstetric Unit with 6 spaces.    The Recovery Unit team is an experienced and motivated group of individuals committed to all aspects of patient care, and leading and being part of this team offers many opportunities for development.


Our three theatre areas employ over 200 theatre staff and facilitate over 7000 sessions of operating each year.  We cover a wide range of elective surgical specialities and run three dedicated emergency theatres for general, orthopaedic and obstetric cases.  We are routinely undertaking 4750 inpatient elective, 8600 day case and 5150 emergency procedures per year, utilising well over 90% of available theatre sessions. 


We have successfully implemented more than 50% of our daycase recovery through our new ‘chairport’ service, negating the need for day case trolleys or beds.  Patient feedback on this innovative service continues to be incredibly positive and below are just a few of the comments received: “They made it very pleasant. All were cheerful and friendly” and “Staff were fab. They understood my anxieties and worries. They were so professional.”

Our work

We are proud of our achievements and would like to welcome you to join our team in continuing our vision. Whilst our theatre efficiency benchmarks well, we are committed to continuous improvement and continuing work through our theatre transformation programmes looking at a wide range of work streams, focusing on the patient pathway from referral to discharge.  We are also taking part in the trust wide new initiate ‘Improving Together’.  This looks to harness ideas, engagement and support from all members of staff within the service to continuously improve the RUH for our colleagues, our patients and our community.

The team and what we can offer

As you know the role of Senior Theatre Practitioner can be challenging whilst at the same time being hugely rewarding, especially when working with the right team of dedicated and hardworking people around you and this is absolutely what we can offer you at the RUH.

About you

We are looking for somebody who has a track record of developing their service, somebody who would relish the opportunity to provide the right leadership and support to the team, the wider service and patients. Somebody who is passionate about helping to shape the future of the theatre services which will provide professional challenges and rewards.

Come and visit us

If this sounds like you, we would very much welcome an informal discussion with you so that we can talk through the role in more detail and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to, we would also be delighted to arrange an informal visit, which would give you the opportunity to meet us, our team and to take a tour of the hospital. Please do contact Rob Randles, Lead Nurse for Theatres on 01225 82(5035) or

Equal opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Privacy Notice

If you are offered a position at the Trust, your information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record database and a local file will be created and retained at the Trust. For further information about how we use your data, please refer to our privacy notice.

Notifications & Communication
All communication is via email/NHS Jobs. Please check these regularly. If you are not contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date (5 weeks for consultants) please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide feedback on application forms.

We will request references covering the last 3 years of work or study by email. One referee must be your current/most recent line manager or tutor. Please supply an organisational email address for your referees on your application form so that we can verify the reference.

Disclosure & Barring Service
All posts are subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, as per guidelines set out by the DBS.

Tier 2 Sponsorship
Applicants who need Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, they may not be appointed to a post if a suitable candidate with existing right to work in the UK is appointable as we are unlikely to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test required by UKVI. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

Smokefree Site

The RUH is an entirely smokefree site – colleagues, patients and visitors are not permitted to smoke anywhere in our grounds.

Please note, unlesss specifically agreed with the Recruiting Manager, the Trust is not able to pay interview travel expenses.

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.

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