You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible working opportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital; we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

    Job overview

    Recovery Nurse

    Band 5 (£25,655 – £31,534) per annum, pro rata

    Bank hours

    Are you a band 5 Nurse looking to work bank shifts in our busy and challenging Operating department? We would love you to come and join our fantastic Operating Team at Milton Keynes University NHS Hospital. No theatre experience is necessary as training and support will be given by the theatre department.

    At MKUHFT there are exciting opportunities to train to be part of our Surgical teams performing procedures with the use of the Versius Surgical Robot. Milton Keynes was one of the first Trusts in the country to use this innovative system that enables clinicians to perform complex procedures with reduced impact on our patients resulting in faster recovery times, less time in hospital and a reduced risk of infections in Colorectal, General Surgery and Gynaecology.

    This opportunity will give you the opportunity to work alongside our outstanding teams within the Operating Departments. You are expected to work to high standards and maintain clinical excellence within the operating theatres, providing excellent care to all patients visiting the department. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

    Informal visits are encouraged to meet our team and get a feel for the great work we do.

    Main duties of the job

    To ensure safe and effective supervision within our theatre team and to provide skilled assistance in at least two of the three areas of the operating department (anaesthetics, scrub and recovery) whilst being responsible for providing the highest level of care to our patients at all times within the framework of the HPC & NMC codes of professional conduct.

    Working for our organisation

    You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible working opportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital; we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Assess, develop, implement and evaluate patient care when receiving the patient into the theatre environment, whilst supporting the patient through invasive procedures and during handover at the completion of the anaesthetic/surgical procedure
  • Maintain accurate patient records throughout the department including computer based entries
  • Follow directorate and trust policies that impact on the role
  • Mentoring & teaching of unqualified staff
  • Act as a role model to other staff and demonstrate specialist 
  • Please refer to the Job Description for more details

    Person specification

    Qualifications and Knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • NVQ Level 3 Operating Department Practice OR Registered General Nurse OR accredited additional qualification in anaesthetic practice equivalent to AAGBI
  • Desirable criteria

  • DipHE Operating Department Practice
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Experience of working within 2 out of 4 operative areas of anaesthetics, scrub, recovery and circulating
  • Skills

    Essential criteria

  • Ability to manage own workload and support more junior staff
  • Ability to assess patients and plan and organise their care
  • Ability to communicate sensitive and complex information to people with widely varying levels of understanding
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Personal and People Development

    Essential criteria

  • Self motivated
  • Acts as a role model
  • Encourages and develops juniors and trainees
  • Has a flexible attitude
  • Communication

    Essential criteria

  • Excellent and accurate written and verbal communication skills
  • Specific Requirements

    Essential criteria

  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

    We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

    MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents; all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

    By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

    Upon commencing employment with the Trust, all employees (except Medical & Dental Staff on national terms and conditions) are subject to a probationary period lasting a period of six months with an option to extend for a further six months to a total of 12 months.

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