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Our operating theatre department has a highly reputable team that is friendly and supportive. Our theatres are allocated across two main sites at St Peter's Hospital (in Chertsey) and Ashford Hospital (in Ashford, near Staines), with a total of 20 operating theatres that includes vascular, trauma and orthopaedics, urology, ophthalmology, bariatric, maternity and more.

The main recovery at St Peter's has a capacity of 11 bays and 10 bays at Ashford and 2 bays in Urology suite at SPH. The department also has a 4 bed Enhanced Care Unit.

The Theatre team is now recruiting enthusiastic and highly motivated ODPs/RN to work within our theatre department. You will be responsible for high standards of clinical practice, working within national and local guidelines. We are looking for candidates with excellent communication skills, a desire to learn and have a passion to develop and improve our services. Previous clinical experience is welcome and we also support new nurses with no experience but with a passion for perioperative care. We aim to guide all new graduates and ensure they have a structured preceptorship program and supported period of transition.  

We support staff to continue their professional development and are able to support our practitioners to develop further skills.

We provide in house training for our fantastic staff and all team members are given the opportunity to attend conferences and training off site with links with University of Surrey, Kingston and Brighton Universities which offer courses such as leadership, supported learning in Practice (mentorship), recovery courses, and many more.

Our brilliant team of friendly professionals create a fun and varied place to work. We are a train ride from London and as an employee you will benefit from 5% London weighting as well as many other staff benefits at local amenities.

Opportunities to do bank shifts are available with competitive rates. All staff members are entitled to a healthy work-life balance through our effective flexible working policies that are in place to ensure individual's needs are met. 


I'm sure you will have more questions, please contact us if you would like to discuss joining the Theatres Team.

For information about the current vacancies in the team please visit the Advertised Positions at the bottom of this page.


Our theatre team is composed of practitioners experienced in a variety of surgical procedures, and are keen to pass on knowledge to junior staff and new members of the team. Continue your journey with us whilst we'll support you to be your best.


Anaesthetic Practitioners, this role consists of ODP'S and Anaesthetic nurses


After completing BSc in Operating Department Practice and Registered with Health Care Professions Council [HCPC], they are multi-skilled to work in all areas of perioperative practice such as anaesthetics, surgical (Scrub) and recovery. The role of an ODP allows them to provide individualised and skilled care for patients at all stages of their operation from when they arrive in the operating theatre department, to discharge from the recovery room.

ODPs are increasingly becoming recognised as practitioners just like nurses that can diversify into other roles, such as Resuscitation Officers, theatre Matrons, theatre Service Managers, sales reps for medical equipment, research roles and in even A&E practitioners and ITU/Outreach.

Anaesthetic phase:
They will work directly with the anaesthetist in the delivery of anaesthesia and as part of the wider MDT, coordinating the theatre list, ensuring a safe and efficient perioperative journey for our patients. In addition to being a patient advocate, they also undertake a role which will involve many clinical skills, such as the preparation of a wide range of specialist equipment and drugs. This includes; anaesthetic machines, intravenous equipment and devices to safely secure the patient's airway during anaesthesia.

They also work closely with our anaesthetists in departments other than theatres such as A&E, Cath Lab and MRI providing acute and elective care.

Last but not least, ODP's are also part of the resuscitation team and they attend adult and paediatric priority and trauma calls in all areas of the hospital, providing airway assistance and are involved in safe transfer of patients between departments and between hospitals.

Surgical Phase:
They work as scrub and circulating nurses. They are responsible for preparing all the necessary instruments and equipment for the operations. They work directly with the surgeons maintaining the sterile field and are responsible for providing the correct surgical instruments and materials to the surgeon during the operation. Their role is to anticipate the requirements of the surgical team and respond effectively.

Recovery phase:
They closely support the patient on their arrival into the recovery unit autonomously by monitoring a patient's physiological parameters and provide appropriate treatment until the patient has recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia and/or surgery. They monitor post-operation vital signs, assess levels of consciousness, pain, wound dressings and carefully observe patients for any side effects from anaesthesia evaluate the care given during each phase They ensure safe discharge of patients back to a ward.


These are qualified nurses Registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] who have undertaken a formal Anaesthetic Nursing course at level 6 or 7 to enable them to work with anaesthetist in the delivery of anaesthesia. Their role is similar to that of an ODP in the anaesthetic phase as seen above.


Scrub practitioner:
They work as scrub and circulating nurses. They are responsible for preparing all the necessary instruments and equipment for the operations. They work directly with the surgeons maintaining the sterile field and are responsible for providing the correct surgical instruments and materials to the surgeon during the operation. Their role is to anticipate the requirements of the surgical team and respond effectively.

Circulating practitioner:
Circulating nurses are responsible for patient care and work outside of the sterile field ensuring the operating room is safe for patient, ensures scrub team has everything they need by assisting with laying up, obtaining supplies and conducting safety counts. They coordinate care and ensure that the operating list runs smooth.

Assistant theatre Practitioners (ATP):
The role of the ATP is important to the smooth running of day to day function of the operating theatres. You will assist the surgical team in fulfilling their duties and help to ensure the smooth movement of patients through their perioperative journey. You will be assisting the surgical team with patient care and complete some circulating roles apart from coordinating and leading the list.

Nursing Associates:
This is a new role within the operating theatre setting. They contribute to most aspects of patient care, including scrubbing and circulating. The appropriate cases and duties for which the Nurse Associate may scrub /perform are highlighted in their contract.

Only Registered Nurses / ODPs will take the lead on managing and coordinating lists.  



The Day Surgery Unit (DSU) is located at Ashford Hospital, It comprises a Reception Area, an Admissions Area (for patients to sit prior to their surgery), together with 5 Consultation Rooms and a separate seated Waiting Area for Pain Management Patients. The Ward has capacity for 21 trolley spaces which is divided into 2 bays to separate Male and Female patients, plus a single side room. The Day Surgery Unit is open form 07.30 to 21.00hrs Monday to Friday. Patients arrive from 07.30hrs for the Morning lists, and from 11.30hrs for the Afternoon lists.

Day Surgery Unit consists of 2 Operating theatres which are used for a range of surgical specialities, including General, Vascular, Urology, Orthopaedic/Trauma, Oral, ENT and Gynaecology. There are 2 treatment Rooms on the Unit for Minor procedures and Pain Management treatment.

The Unit has a Recovery Room comprising 6 trolley spaces.


Our ECU is a 4 bed purpose built unit located at Ashford hospital on Elliott Ward. It cares for level 1.5 patients of all specialties.

The unit is open Monday to Friday pm



For the current list of vacancies please click here

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About Ashford and St Peter's

"A good place to get your care'.

That's what the CQC said about Ashford & St Peter's when they rated us as 'Good' following their inspection in December 2014, one of the first under the new tougher hospital inspection regime. The CQC noted our positive reporting culture, good team working and better than average outcomes for patients.

We place a strong emphasis on being a values led organisation, and celebrate the contribution of our staff with WOW awards and an annual staff awards ceremony. We believe strongly in staff engagement, and we have a development programme for new Consultants, team and individual coaching programme and emphasis on learning and development. We are delighted that the trust and individual clinicians have received a number of awards recognising innovation and quality including the 2013 Top 40 Hospitals award with one of our Consultants winning the HEKSS Emerging Leader 2014 award.

Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest provider of acute services to residents of Surrey and a growing proportion of west London residents, totalling more than 410,000 people. Our main catchment areas are the boroughs of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking and parts of Elmbridge, Hounslow, and Surrey Heath. We have 520 beds covering a wide range of specialties, and a full range of therapeutic and diagnostic services. With a workforce of around 3,300 staff and a budget of '250m, the trust has an impressive track record of developing integrated models of care, both across and within its two main hospital sites.

Ashford Hospital is on the A30 near Heathrow Airport and St. Peter's Hospital is in Chertsey, near the M3/M25. St. Peter's Hospital provides acute complex medical and surgical care and emergency services, along with maternity, paediatrics and a number of specialist services. Ashford Hospital focuses on planned care, such as day case and orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation services.

More information about general and specialist services the two hospital sites can be found on our website http://www.ashfordstpeters.nhs.uk/

Within easy reach of London, as well as the smaller towns of Weybridge, Woking, and Virginia Water, the local area has excellent independent and state schools. Leafy Surrey offers a rounded life outside of work, and as an ambitious Trust, Ashford and St. Peter's offers opportunities for individuals to try new things and to gain exposure, and a supportive and welcoming team in which to do this.

A well workforce is one which is made up of happy and healthy individuals. ASPH are lucky enough to have a Wellbeing hub on site! For more information click here

The Health and Wellbeing team provide support, advice and information for all staff based upon the six stands of our wellbeing wheel: physical, emotional, financial, environmental, social and cultural.

The Wellbeing support includes an on-site gym, offering exercise classes or use of the gym for free following induction. We have multi-faith centres on both hospital sites which include multi-faith chapels, Muslim Prayer room, a Quiet room for both staff and families who may be facing distress and a Muslim ablutions room, for pre-prayer washing of feet.

There are a number of schemes running to support wellbeing such as salary sacrifice, staff nursery, local discount schemes and cycle to work scheme. For more information about Health and Wellbeing at ASPH visit www.ashfordstpeters.nhs.uk/jointheteam/wellbeing

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Career Development / Pathway

Upon Band 5 qualification:
⋅ Competency pack
⋅ medicine management and IV training
⋅ mentorship training
⋅ courses such as strict, ALS, ILS and leadership

Progression to band 6,
roles such as:
⋅ Rota, Healthroster allocation
⋅ Appraisals
⋅ Recruitment
Progression to Band 7,
roles such as:
⋅ Clinical Team leader duties
⋅ Emergency coordinator

Progression to Band 8,
roles such as:
⋅ Matron
⋅ theatre managers
⋅ Clinical governance team
⋅ Resuscitation leads

Advertised positions:

Recovery Nurse/Practitioner - Theatres - Band 5

Chertsey, Surrey - Theatres, St Peters

View Vacancy


£26,938 - £33,111 pa Inc. HCAS

Working Pattern:

Full time

Job Type:




Closing Date:

26 Jun 2022

For further details contact Joi Kaunde-Smith on joi.kaunde-smith@nhs.net

Operating Department Practitioner - Theatres - Band 5


View Vacancy


£26,938 - £33,111 pa Inc. HCAS

Working Pattern:

Full time

Job Type:




Closing Date:

26 Jun 2022

For further details contact Joi Kaunde-Smith on joi.kaunde-smith@nhs.net


Find out more about working for the Trust on our website: www.ashfordstpeters.nhs.uk / jointheteam

For further information please contact:

Alex Dumitrescu
Matron, St. Peter's Hospital

Email: alexandra.dumitrescu@nhs.net

Tom D'Souza
Matron, Ashford Hospital

Email: tom.dsouza@nhs.net

Joi Kaunde-Smith
CPE Theatres

Email: joi.kaunde-smith@nhs.net

Trust website: www.ashfordstpeters.nhs.uk

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