Medacs Healthcare

ODP and Theatre Nursing

As a leading UK nursing agency, we have a dedicated theatre team that specialises in placing ODPs and theatre nurses into agency theatre jobs across NHS trusts and private healthcare providers throughout England, Wales and ScotlandWith plenty of block bookings and ad hoc shifts available for ODPs and theatre nurses who specialise in general scrub, cardiac anaesthetics, recovery, endoscopic, circulation and ophthalmic, there has never been a better time to register with us for agency work.

Click on the following links to learn more about ODP and theatre nursing at Medacs Healthcare:

Registration Requirements

To register for theatre work, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • A current HCPC or NMC pin
  • A minimum of six months' recent, relevant UK experience

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The Ideal Candidate

Theatre work can be challenging, but it is certainly a rewarding career. As specialists in placing ODPs and theatre nurses, we are always searching for nurses who are highly organised, flexible and command excellent attention to detail. You will also need to be able to concentrate for lengthy periods of time, work in highly technical areas and possess rapid reactions that will allow you to adapt to any situation you face both in and out of the operating room.

If you feel you are able to match this description, a career with Medacs Healthcare is tailor-made for you.

Benefits

As well as having a dedicated theatre nursing team that understands how ODPs and theatre nurses like you like to work and what the agency job market has to offer, there are many more reasons to join our agency nursing family. These include:

  • Next-day payroll - submit your timesheet by 3pm and get paid the following day
  • Choice of payment options – PAYE, umbrella and limited company
  • Flexible shift options – ad hoc and block bookings available
  • Faster registration - with a one-stop registration, interview and compliance process, you can start your first shift in as little as ten days
  • Dedicated 24/7 support – your own dedicated consultant during the day and support from our UK-based out-of-hours team at night
  • £50 joining bonus – terms apply
  • Competitive pay rates – all pay rates include holiday pay
  • Excellent referral scheme – receive £250 each time you refer a nurse, terms apply
  • Volume and variety – thousands of shifts available across NHS and private healthcare providers
  • First sight of NHS shifts – as preferred suppliers with several NHS trusts, you’ll get the pick of shifts before they reach other agencies
  • Free mandatory training
  • Support with revalidation and appraisals - follow our step-by-step revalidation guide
  • View payments anytime - access payslips and lots more with your secure online personal login

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Role Information

Profession:

ODP (Operating Theatre Practitioner)

Governing body: 

 HCPC

The role:

As a key member of the perioperative team, an ODP specialises in these phases:

  1. Anaesthetic

  2. Surgical

  3. Recovery 

Core skill:

As well as possessing a caring and compassionate nature, attention to detail, great communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work in an organised way often under pressure as well as a thorough appreciation of the well-known saying; "there’s no ‘I’ in team", you will also be skilled in:

  • Pre-op, during and post-op patient assessment and care
  • Preparation of and responsibility for the environment, equipment, instruments and drugs
  • Anticipate and delivery the correct instruments and material to the surgical team
  • Good stamina – you may need to be standing for long periods
  • Ability to work in a highly technical area, often within confined spaces

Common working environments: 

You’ll work primarily within hospital operating theatres. You may also be required to support in A&E departments, intensive and high dependency settings, trauma and emergency response teams and transplant teams.

Typical team set up: 

You will be working in collaboration with surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

 

Profession:

Theatre Nurse

Governing body: 

NMC

The role:

Theatre nurses can work across each of these main specialties or specialise in one or two:

  1. Anaesthetic

  2. Scrub

  3. Recovery

Core skills:
 

As well as possessing a caring and compassionate nature, attention to detail, great communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work in an organised way often under pressure as well as a thorough appreciation of the well-known saying; "there’s no ‘I’ in team", you will also be skilled in:

  • Pre-op, during and/or post-op patient care
  • Infection control
  • Surgical hand-washing (scrub)
  • Ability to think and react quickly in an emergency
  • Ability to concentrate for lengthy periods of time
  • Good stamina – you may need to be standing for long periods
  • Ability to work in a highly technical area, often within confined spaces

Common working environments: 

You’ll work primarily within hospital operating theatres, anaesthetic/recovery areas, admissions lounges or day surgery. You may also be involved with procedures on wards, clinics or in specialist areas such as cardiac catheterisation units.

Typical team set up: 

You’ll work as part of a large team that will include surgeons, anaesthetists, operating department practitioner (ODPs), theatre support workers and porters.

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Contact Our Theatre Team

To register your interest or learn more about the full range of opportunities we have to offer, contact our friendly and experienced theatre team via email: nursejobs@medacs.com or call 0800 442 207 during office hours. Alternatively, complete the form below:

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