Offerd Salary:£33,706 - £40,588
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Contract Type:Fixed term: 6 months
Working Time:Full time
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Senior Scrub Practitoner Band 6

Main area

THR Scrub GI


Band 6


Fixed term: 6 months


Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£33,706 - £40,588 pa pro rata

Salary period



06/12/2022 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Colorectal scrub team on a 6 months fixed term/secondment basis. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Senior theatre practitioner with demonstrable leadership skills, who is clinically proficient in Colorectal surgery.

We are the theatre team providing the Colorectal theatre service at the University of Southampton NHS Hospital Trust. Within our speciality, we cover different types of surgery: major open and laparoscopic cancer surgery, intestinal failure surgery, trans anal minimal invasive surgery (TAMIS), major pelvic surgery, encompassing the intra-operative radio-therapy (IORT) and pelvic floor surgery, including the sacral nerve stimulation procedure, for faecal incontinence.

We have an operating list every weekday, and two concurrent lists every other Wednesday, Thursday and alternate Friday. We are a very busy team, working alongside 11 consultants and undertaking all aspects of Colorectal surgery.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and 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.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do
  • You will be responsible to develop and run the Colorectal Theatre Service to ensure that every operating list runs smoothly and efficiently whilst utilising available resources
  • To provide skilled specialist assistance in the delivery of direct and indirect patient care throughout the Operating Department
  • To help manage and support newly appointed staff member
  • To check all equipment, machines and supplies needed for complex cases in advance.
  • To liaise with all members of the multi-professional team to ensure that all treatments are carried out in accordance with given policy.
  • In providing our service, we often collaborate with other surgical specialities, having close links with Vascular, Hepatobiliary (HPB), and Urology. Our lists are conducted within the F Level Centre Block Theatres and the G Level Modular Theatres.

    Our team supported the first Intra Operative Radiotherapy procedure in the country. The “Mobetron” is the first portable system able to provide an intensive form of targeted radiation, given at the time of surgery, to treat a wide variety of advanced cancers that are difficult to remove and treat. We are regularly covering this highly complex procedure that normally requires surgery until midnight which requires special skills. Within these cases, we provide assistance to a multidisciplinary team of expert Surgeons, Anaesthetists, Radiographers, Oncologists, and Physicists.

    We fully support our Surgeons in the provision of the Intestinal failure service. We have operated on patients who have been treated in our region for between 6-24 months, enabling their discharge from hospital and improved their quality of life. Our Intestinal failure service has provided the only 100% success rate in the UK.

    We are now in the process of planning to support our surgeon to develop the Colorectal IPEC service. IPEC is an intensive form of abdomen and pelvis localized chemotherapy treatment performed at the same time as complex cancer surgery and used to treat a variety of chemotherapy sensitive solid organ malignancies that have metastases which affect the peritoneal surfaces.

    What we're looking for

    For us effective leadership is fundamental to this role . We are looking for a dynamic team member with excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, alongside confident decision making to support the team in achieving the highest standards of patient care within theatre.

    You need to have a commitment to developing others and support the theatre department's management structure and prepared to act as a theatre coordinator for the day. You will be responsible for ensuring that the patient, family, carers are at the centre of everything you do. Be open, honest and willing to acknowledge if something has gone wrong. Commit to learning about safety, continually striving to improve excellent care.

    This post will enable the successful applicants the opportunity to further develop their scrub and leadership expertise in what is a demanding area of complex surgery. As the service develops further an early adopter of change for innovative working will be required.

    The successful post holder will be required to cover a full range of shifts: early, late, night, twilight shifts starting at 3 pm finishing at midnight, 7 am starts, and weekend shifts, in support of our service commitments 24/7.

    Additional information

    Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 10th January 2023

    Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

    Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • RGN or RODP
  • Experience in Colorectal surgery
  • Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship award or equivalent
  • Foundation Management Course or equivalent
  • Leadership training / qualification
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Awareness of professional regulations in the NHS
  • Theatre teaching experience
  • Recent experience working in an acute theatre unit
  • Working with learners
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Leadership Experience
  • Desirable criteria
  • Clinical management experience
  • Experience in implementing change
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Clinical scrub skills – generic and speciality-specific
  • Recognises and manages stress in self/others
  • Insight into demands of the role
  • Approachable and supportive attitude
  • Leadership skills
  • Able to organise self and others
  • Motivational skills
  • Able to clearly demonstrate decision making skills
  • Able to take initiative
  • Competent with computer systems
  • Desirable criteria
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • To have attended an informal visit
  • Flexibility within work patterns
  • Clear rationale for application to post
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • 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.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, 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.

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    Employer certification / accreditation badges Applicant requirements

    You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 506.2KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 217.2KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Marielle Cuasay

    Job title

    Team Leader

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    Telephone number

    023 8120 6139
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