What are the benefits of working as a theatre practitioner at Benenden Hospital?

Our theatres are well staffed by a team of appropriately trained and competent personnel who are equipped with the skills and abilities to administer high quality patient care throughout the perioperative journey. We follow the Association for Perioperative practice (AfPP) staffing guidance. Our management structure is open and visible, and all staff are actively encouraged to contribute to continuous improvement via Bright Ideas.

We are the first independent private hospital in the country to have gained anaesthetic accreditation and our endoscopy service is JAG accredited. The patient services director is very supportive of annual inhouse training days and insitu team emergency training scenarios.

Our consultants are accessible and have great relationships with ODPs and nurses and our non-clinical patient support services are very responsive.

I am a Senior Operating Theatre Practitioner at Benenden Hospital. I have over 40 years of experience in all areas and surgical specialities. I really enjoy my role at the hospital. We have excellent standards of care and safety, and it is also one of the friendliest places I’ve ever worked.

Amanda, Senior Theatre Practitioner

Current theatre practitioner roles

Senior Theatre Practitioner

£36,516 - £40,054 per annum

Permanent Contract, Full time

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Theatre Practitioner who is able to plan and implement high standards of perioperative care, following hospital guidelines and protocols, promoting a patient-focused approach to care.

Decontamination Services Manager

£30,000 - £35,000 per annum

Permanent Contract, Full time

We are currently recruiting for a Decontamination Services Manager responsible or the operational management of the Decontamination Service contributing to the safe clinical care of patients.

You will be required to apply professional judgement and be a sound reference point for decontamination processes and support the Service Manager for Theatres & DS, to provide a high quality and timely service including support for planning activity and improvements to the service.

This role is a permanent contract working full time 37.5 hours/ 5 days a week Monday to Saturday.

I have a question about working in the theatres team

What qualifications are required to work as a theatre practitioner?

To become a theatre practitioner, you’ll need to be an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) or First Level Registered Nurse, having undertaken specialist (anaesthetic / scrub) post-registration training.

What theatre practitioner roles do we have at Benenden Hospital?

We have a variety of theatre practitioner and endoscopy practitioner roles available in our main theatres and Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU).

What training and development is on offer to theatre practitioners?

Every Benenden Hospital employee gets a personalised career development plan. If you are a senior theatre practitioner, we can support you to develop into a leadership role or become a Surgical First Assistant (SFA).

Whatever your grade, we have excellent in-house coaching and training available to ensure that your clinical skills are kept up to date.

We also send staff on external training courses annually (i.e. difficult airway management training, transfer of the critically ill patient, etc) and support staff representation at national and local conferences relevant to their area of work (infection control, pain management, AfPP, etc).

Applying for a position

If you wish to apply for a position, please send your application form and CV to kentcareers@benenden.org.uk.

For general vacancy enquiries, please contact Claire Coupe, Resourcing Officer, by email.