Lead Theatre Practitioner

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Lead Theatre Practitioner - Oxford
Theatre Practitioner - Oxford
Our client is one of the leading providers of NHS ophthalmology services in England, providing outpatients appointments, diagnostic testing and eye surgery and they are looking for a Lead Theatre Practitioner for their facility in Oxford, Oxfordshire. 


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic theatre practitioner who possesses excellent clinical ability and professional leadership skills to join our client in Oxford
The post holder will be involved with coordinating the operational management of theatres on a day to day basis. The Lead Theatre Practitioner will be able to demonstrate successful leadership and managerial skills and will have a clinical background in Ophthalmology.
Operational Management
  • To provide professional and clinical leadership and management for a mixed team of theatre practitioners made up of a team of employees and flexible bank staff.
  • To be involved with coordinating the operational management of theatres on a day to day basis.
  • To manage the theatre environment ensuring all consumables and staffing requirements are fulfilled.
  • To advise clinical and management staff on fostering an excellent environment for patients with an emphasis on patient safety
  • To support the service Clinical Director by providing clinical oversight and guidance
  • To aid management in the processes needed to foster good practice in clinical governance such as audit and continuous professional development
  • To act as a specialist resource for patients and the team by the provision of comprehensive advice, information, teaching and training.
  • To participate in local operational and team meetings
  • Help to control cross infection by observing policy regarding dress, the maintenance of a clean working environment, decontamination and sterilisation procedures and asepsis.
  • Ensure a monthly 100% stock-take is undertaken and recorded against batch and quantity numbers including the checking of expiry dates
  • Responsibility for the ordering and stock rotation of consumables used within the theatre
  • Identify clinical risks and ensure that appropriate action is taken, in accordance with our clients Risk Management policy, providing expert advice and focusing on principles of a learning organisation.
  • Maintain the safe custody, handling of drugs in accordance with policy
  • Contribute or lead to the investigation of complaints, accident reports and untoward incidents in line with our clients policies and procedures and implement recommendations for action.
  • Collect, collate, evaluate and report information, maintaining accurate patient records in line with NMC standards, clinical governance and risk-management.
  • Disseminate and ensure implementation of all medical alerts throughout the theatre and management teams
  • Ensure that all check lists prior to start of theatre are completed including a nominated ILS lead.
  • To compile practical protocols and guidelines for theatre practitioners working in our clients services, ensuring compliant with up-to-date professional guidance and local resources.
  • Have a good understanding of CQC statutory requirements.

Staff Leadership and Recruitment

  • To support the recruitment, induction and training of new theatre practitioners’ staff, participating in recruitment and selection
  • Document competencies and develop ‘best’ practice guidelines for the service
  • To aid management in effective deployment of staff to different types of surgical procedures (day case & treatment room)
  • To provide advice on staff support and staff reviews or appraisals for the theatre practitioners with respect to their work, delivering reviews where possible
Education & Training
  • To ensure clinical staff receive an effective orientation and induction and receive
  • supervision as required.
  • To signpost employed and bank staff to useful training opportunities and provide advice on providing CPD
  • To provide advice on all types of queries from all staff
  • To support registered nurses with revalidation requirements as required
Personal Development
  • Receive clinical supervision as part of own professional development.
  • Maintain up to date skills and knowledge and maintain awareness of professional issues.
  • Maintain a professional portfolio.
  • Take responsibility for personal revalidation processes in line with NMC requirements
Research, Audit & Governance
  • To lead and participate in departmental audits.
  • To participate in and advise on governance processes within the service
  • Evaluate service delivery; identify areas for improvement and initiate change.
  • Participate in a regular service review with the Service Manager and Operations Director, and produce an annual report for the service circulating it widely and appropriately.


  • Hold a current nursing degree/diploma and work to the requirements of the Codes of Practice and Professional Standards as befits their professional registration
  • Hold current RCN registration


  • Previous experience as a Theatre Manager or Lead of an NHS Department, ideally in Ophthalmic Theatres
  • Significant hospital eye service experience expected
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office products and using computerised systems for data input/output and review


  • Calm in pressurised environments
  • Ability to work with a range of individuals across a variety of functions
  • Organised with a high attention to detail
  • Team player who is willing and happy to support the effective running of a service

To apply for this lead Theatre Practitioner job or enquire about additional Theatre Job opportunities - Contact Flame Health Freephone on 0800 085 0858 or if calling from a mobile on 01158 114488 alternatively email [email protected] 

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