Team Leader / ODP--Day Surgery Scrub

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Full Time 37.5 Hours Per Week
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King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Denmark Hill
Denmark Hill
£31,878 - £42,046 per annum inc HCA
06/08/2018 23:59

Day Surgery Unit
Band 6 Team Leader -- Day Surgery Scrub

Hours: Full Time 37.5 hours per week

Are you looking for an exciting and challenging career in Day Surgery Scrub?

Are you are looking for the opportunity to join a friendly, dynamic team at a leading London teaching hospital to develop your existing nursing skills?  

If so, please read on as King’s College Hospital wants to invest in YOU!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for highly motivated band 6 staff nurses / ODP’s to join King’s Day Surgery theatres scrub team, to provide the highest standard of intra-operative care to patients. We offer a supportive consolidation period for all of our new starters, as well as excellent educational opportunities, from in house study courses to post graduate education through King’s College London, London Southbank University or University of Greenwich. Our Practice Development Team provides structured teaching support to all staff, and our development programs are well established.  


King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (King’s) is situated in South East London and provides comprehensive health care and emergency services for a diverse community. It is also one of London’s four major trauma centres covering South East England. With over 1,400 beds and 11,000 staff across various sites, King’s is one of the largest and busiest hospital trusts in London. 

King’s (Denmark Hill site) Day Surgery Unit consists of 7 operating theatres which include specialities such as Gynaecology, General Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Dental, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology, Urology, Paediatric and endoscopy, catering for patients of all ages, from neonates to the elderly.  All areas enjoy the reputation of being a world leader in innovative surgical interventions and clinical excellence.

We are seeking an experienced scrub practitioner to join our team.  We care for both adult and paediatric patients in the department. Please note that we undertake terminations of pregnancy and that this is a job requirement within the unit.  Any successful candidate will be expected to work within these lists.

We offer a supportive consolidation period for all of our new starters and have excellent educational opportunities, from in house study courses to post graduate education through King’s College London.

Our Job Descriptions and Person Specifications outline both the details of the roles we are seeking to fill, together with the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required. However, please feel free to make contact for a general discussion about the role. For more information on this post or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Matron Karen Harries or 02032991783.

Please apply on-line. An application form, job description and King’s-specific information can be downloaded from either the King’s website on or the NHS Jobs Website on

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the published closing date once we have received sufficient number of applications

Applications closing date: 6th August 2018

Assessment date: 14th August 2018

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You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Day Surgery Unit


Job Description


Post:                           Team leader - scrub


Band:                          6


Hours:                                    37.5 hours per week

Rotational through the opening hours of the department with an on call requirement (not nights)


Responsible to:         Clinical Coordinator


Accountable to:        Matron


Qualifications:           NMC Registered Nurse (Level 1) or

Registered Operating Department Practitioner [ODP]


The post holder must be an RN (1) and is therefore bound by the NMC code of Professional Conduct for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors OR a registered ODP / ODA & therefore bound by the Health and Care Professionals Council [HCPC] codes.


Job summary:


  1. To provide expert, holistic care of a high standard to both perioperative patients and their relatives within the King's College Hospital.
  2. To take direct managerial responsibility for the clinical area in the absence of or as delegated by the Matron/Service Manager.
  3. To assist in the leadership and development of an identified group of practitioners within the Unit complement.
  4. To act as a clinical resource within the Unit and across the Care Group as necessary.
  5. To act as a positive role model to junior staff members. 


Particular emphasis is put at Kings on the need to ensure that all staff recognise their responsibility to deliver services in a high quality, courteous, patient focused manner maintaining patient confidentiality at all times.


Clinical Practice:

  1. To adhere to the NMC / HPC Code of Professional Conduct at all times.
  2. To demonstrate clinical expertise in the care of any patients receiving treatment in the department.
  3. To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the needs of patients on an ongoing basis, co-ordinating the care given by all members of the clinical team.
  4. To accurately assimilate and interpret clinical information about the patients’ condition, instigate appropriate remedial action and promptly report changes.
  5. To act as a resource person to others, providing accurate information, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.
  6. To ensure that accurate records are maintained reflecting both changes in the patient’s condition and the treatment delivered.
  7. To ensure that patients and their relatives are updated regularly with accurate information, and ensure that this is presented in a sensitive way and one that they understand.
  8. To ensure that Clinical Guidelines are implemented and to be actively involved in auditing practice in conjunction with Line Manager and practice development staff.
  9. To ensure that practice is evidence based and with support assist in the development of policies and protocols within the clinical area.
  10. To uphold high standards of perioperative care, according to existing policies and standards.
  11. To support the process of continuous quality improvement, assisting in audits etc to formally evaluate standards of care and assist in the implementation of changes in the light of such findings.
  12. To organise patient transfers both within and outside the department, escorting ill patients as requested.
  13. To contribute to the health education of patients and their families, ensuring that all patients receive appropriate advice and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  14. To actively support the implementation of the Trust nursing / local perioperative strategy and uphold the ethos of the local philosophy.


Education and Research


  1. To act as a mentor to junior staff members, responsible for the orientation, supervision and ongoing development of junior and student learners, in conjunction with Line Manager and Practice Development staff.
  2. To act as practice supervisor / assessor, responsible for completing competency documents for junior staff within agreed timeframes.
  3. To act as a mentor to students undertaking further education as requested, ensuring a positive learning experience and facilitating the development of their clinical skills.
  4. To contribute to the wider educational activities within the Care Group – ensuring attendance at and contributing to the delivery of educational activities to the Multi-disciplinary team within the Care Group.
  5. To promote and encourage the application of research and of evidence based practices.
  6. To participate in any research projects conducted in the clinical area as appropriate.
  7. To act as “link nurse“(i.e. for infection control, tissue viability) ensuring attendance at and contribution to Trust wide meeting and responsible for ensuring dissemination of relevant information from these to all staff within the Unit.



  1. To manage the clinical workload effectively, ensuring care is prioritised appropriately.
  2. To contribute positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, adjusting staffing levels to meet demand and assisting the clinical co-ordinators to keep within agreed resources.
  3. To assist with the ongoing organisation of the unit, including responsibility for a designated area of practice within department on a daily basis, to ensure optimal theatre utilisation at all times, facilitating timely admission and discharge of patients.
  4. To act as a team leader to an identified group of staff, monitoring and documenting the development of their clinical skills.
  5. To develop own skills in recruitment and retention, sickness management and performance management as determined by line manager.  
  6. To actively support the process of risk management and health & safety  – upholding relevant policies to promote this and ensuring incidents are reported appropriately (in writing) and helping identify ways of preventing errors and accidents to both patients and staff.
  7. To make a positive contribution to service development affecting the clinical area and positively influence other to adapt to change.
  8. To actively promote customer care, assisting in resolving local (informal) complaints and supporting the clinical co-ordinators to investigate formal problems.
  9. To assist with the monitoring of stock levels of clinical stores and technical equipment, resolving any shortfall as appropriate.
  10. To maintain standards of hygiene and cleanliness within the clinical area, actioning remedy as appropriate and reporting deficits to Matron and/ or Service Manager, as appropriate.
  11. To communicate varied and complicated information (verbally and in writing) in a way that is understood and gets the important facts across.
  12. To carry the Unit bleep as required, resolving local problems/ conflicts, keeping managers/others informed and maintaining positive team dynamics across the Care Group at all times.
  13. To take a leadership role in crisis situations, resolving problems as necessary.
  14. To maintain confidentiality with regard to personal information pertaining to staff.
  15. To attend and contribute to departmental meetings as required.


Personal professional development


  1. To work within and accept responsibility for maintaining agreed levels of clinical competence and ensure clinical currency as new technologies are introduced.
  2. To keep up to date with NMC / HPC, Trust and Care Group policies and guidelines and to adhere to these at all times.
  3. To be a fully active and committed member of the multidisciplinary team operating in the Care Group
  4. To demonstrate an insight into own professional development, contributing to the process of identifying own educational and clinical training needs in conjunction with the clinical co-ordinator.
  5. Participate in own Individual Performance Review and after suitable training, to be responsible for undertaking timely reviews for own team of junior staff.
  6. To ensure own educational commitment is at least sufficient to maintain professional body’s requirements and to ensure own mandatory training certificates are current, in liaison with Line Manager.


General Statement


The post holder has a general duty of care for their own health, safety and well being and that of work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital, in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post.


To observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations.


To observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff.


To be responsible, with management support, for their own personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.


This job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review in consultation with the post holder.


To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade, which may be required from time to time.


All employees must hold an '' email account which will be the Trust's formal route for email communication.  You are therefore required to check this regularly and to deal with such communication promptly.



Infection Control Statement


The post holder has an important responsibility for and contribution to make to infection control and must be familiar with the infection control and hygiene requirements of this role.


These requirements are set out in the National Code of Practice on Infection Control and in local policies and procedures which will be made clear during your induction and subsequent refresher training.  These standards must be strictly complied with at all times.



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0300 303 8609