Registered Practitioner - Theatres and Anaesthetics

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We’re looking for nurses and Operating department practitioners 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 ...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:

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25 July 2020
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £24,214 - £30,112 pa GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
Only direct applications will be considered

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789