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Theatre Team Lead

Job Overview

Purpose of Post

The job holder will be responsible for providing leadership and day to day management of the theatre area. Depending on the qualifications of the post holder there may also be some line manager responsibilities.

The jobholder will be responsible for ensuring the safe, effective and efficient running of the theatres.

They will provide excellent care to all patients, with specific responsibility for the patient flow through the department.

They will adhere to the principles of clinical governance and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards to assist in providing the most efficient and effective level of service.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

To promote a sensitive, responsive and caring approach to all patients, visitors and colleagues within the hospital environment.    To be responsible for the delivery of high quality, safe and effective patient care throughout patients’ visit to Optegra.  To work in a manner that also ensures maximum efficiency, effective utilisation of resources and the seamless delivery of support to Consultants / Surgeons.


  • To oversee the theatre environment and co-ordinate safe delivery of care, spending the majority of time providing direct patient care.
  • To provide guidance and support to clinical staff at all times.
  • To ensure maximum efficiency and utilisation of resources in theatres to enable seamless delivery of support to Consultants, CSM and Hospital Director
  • To oversee the organisation of theatre lists to ensure safe and smooth running of hospital schedules and patient flow. 
  • To highlight to Head of Clinical Services and or Hospital Director any potential problem areas and suggest possible solutions.
  • To undertake staff rostering for theatres, ensuring all surgical lists are supported by suitably skilled staff to safely support clinical requirements, flagging up any potential deficits in a timely manner.
  • To consider requirements and impact of booking bank and agency staff to provide a safe level of service.
  • To participate in management meetings as required.
  • To lead, develop and mentor the theatres team (as appropriate) which may include undertaking regular appraisals or providing feedback to the Head of Clinical Services or Hospital Director to enable the team to reach their full potential.
  • To ensure all theatre staff work within policy and guidelines.
  • To ensure that all clinical documentation is completed legibly and comprehensively to agreed organisational and NMC standards and guidelines where appropriate.
  • To observe patient confidentiality at all times, in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998), Caldicott principles (2013-updated) and the organisational standards for Information governance


Patient Care

  • Use clinical judgement and analytical skills to pro-actively identify potential problems during the patients’ clinical pathway that require Consultant / Surgeon input.
  • Work with Consultant / Surgeon supporting them and delivering excellent care to patients during their clinical pathway.
  • Provide effective communication to patients/carers and as part of the clinical competency framework to provide holistic care for patients.
  • Provide advice for staff, patients and their carers, within level of competency.
  • Administer drugs and treatments as prescribed according to either the NMC guidelines for the Standards for Medicines Management 2008 or local organisational policy.
  • Maintain an awareness of the need to deliver care in a manner which demonstrates dignity and respect, this includes the provision of an appropriate level of privacy at all times.
  • Ensure effective communication is maintained with patients, relatives, carers, visitors, staff and others, in a manner that is consistent with their level of understanding, culture and background, seeking advice and assistance when appropriate.
  • To ensure that all communication takes place in a manner that reflects Optegra’s shared values.
  • Provide initial emergency care within level of competency and training.
  • To develop skills and undertake training to meet Hospital Competencies to carry out diagnostic tests or procedures required as part of the patient pathway.
  • To be aware of the legislation regarding Health and Safety and COSHH and to act accordingly
  • Help to control and minimise the risk of cross infection by following Optegra’s Uniform Policy, and all procedures, policies and guidelines for the maintenance of a clean working environment, including  decontamination and sterilisation of equipment.
  • Assist in maintaining and improving patient care by participating in quality initiatives e.g. Audits.


Training and Development

  • To undertake all mandatory training and ensure that the theatre team have also completed training as required.
  • To undertake and disseminate specific equipment training as indicated.
  • Actively develop and participate in induction programmes for new staff and ongoing training of colleagues as required.
  • To keep up to date with theatre practice and standards.
  • Participate in clinical supervision and lead on departmental meetings as required.



  • To maintain a safe environment for patients, visitors, and colleagues in line with hospital policy, Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), and the Management of Health and Safety at Work (1999)
  • To assist the HoCS and Hospital Director/ Regional Director in the management of risk and the maintenance of the Hospital Risk Register.
  • To collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.
  • To identify and develop in conjunction with the HoCS, Hospital Director and PSM measures for service standards, including benchmarking, and to identify areas for potential service improvements.
  • To communicate with people in a clear, appropriate manner, over coming barriers to understanding.  This includes the use of tact, diplomacy and assertiveness skills.  Recognising those who do and do not have a right and or need to receive the information.
  • To ensure correct storage of all equipment ensuring maintenance records are kept up to date and timely reporting of any problems to the appropriate person.
  • To ensure the correct procedures for documenting and reporting any accident or incident is followed, this includes the completion of incident forms and co operation with any investigation and subsequent action plans.
  • To be aware the requirements regarding the Duty of Candour.
  • To ensure relevant levels of stock are available so that any treatment can be performed without undue delay.
  • To engage with the sharing of best practice skills with all colleagues.
  • Deliver Service excellence reflecting the shared values of the organisation aiming to achieve consistently high levels of patient satisfaction.
  • Actively participate in and if appropriate undertake appraisals and objective setting
  • To constantly be aware of changing needs and to be prepared to instigate change in conjunction with the management team and other members of staff


This job description is not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake such other duties from time to time as are consistent with the responsibility of the role.


Skills & Experience



Essential Criteria

Desirable Criteria

Technical and Professional Competence

This area is all about having all the technical/ specialist skills to perform the job effectively.


  • Registered Nurse with at least 1 year of scrub experience
  • Conversational English Language skills and excellent written communication
  • Good Computer and IT skills i.e. Ability to use Outlook, Word and Excel effectively
  • Understanding of responsibilities in relation to NMC Professional Code of Conduct if appropriate
  • Understandingof the role of CQC
  • Registered General Nurse with current NMC registration
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Previous leadership experience
  • Recognised Management or leadership training course
  • Experience of working in Ophthalmology
  • Previous experience of working in the private healthcare sector
  • Understandingof other key regulatory guidance
  • e.g. Health and Social Care Act (2012)
  • COSHH, Health and Safety, Laser Protection

Service Excellence

This is about doing all you can to satisfy and where possible exceed the expectations of the wide range of both internal customers and external patients and customers you deal with. (Internal customers means everyone at work to whom you provide a service and includes your colleagues and people in other Departments. External customers are all external suppliers, partners and members of the public.)


  • Ability to represent the brand and the shared values
  • Commitment to service excellence
  • Demonstrates a caring and empathetic nature




This is all about everybody making the effort to communicate with patients and employees at all levels in an appropriate, thoughtful and timely manner.


  • Ability to communicate at all levels and build strong relationships both inside and outside of the organisation
  • Confident with senior colleagues, clinicians and other stakeholders
  • Flexible, pragmatic and articulate





Problem solving and decision making

This is all about looking for ways to overcome and learn from problems and challenges that arise.


  • Ability to problem solve, anticipate and prioritise appropriately
  • Self-motivated and able to identify opportunities to enhance theatre services and their delivery
  • Excellent numeracy skills

Planning and organising

This is all about making the best use of the time you have available to you to do your job, working in an organised manner and planning to ensure you achieve your agreed work goals.

  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Flexibility in working pattern to meet the needs of the service
  • Able to prioritise and respond to deadlines



This is all about taking full responsibility for leading others to achieve the goals and objectives of Optegra.


  • Ability to adapt to change within working situations
  • Ability to lead a team of people and be a positive role model
  • Awareness of how clinical governance affects practice
  • Previous ILS training
  • Experience of working with confidential information


This is all about people working together effectively to achieve more than they possibly could working individually.


  • Ability to deal with challenging situations
  • A team player who demonstrates a proactive, positive and optimistic attitude using common sense approach



Developing self and others

This is all about being prepared to continually learn to better yourself and being prepared to help others to learn and develop to achieve their full potential.


  • Evidence of personal development Willingness to undertake appropriate training and development
  • Experience of teaching and supervising others


Company Overview
Our passion is eyes, that’s why we have 7 dedicated Optegra hospitals which only look after eyes!
We started out with the aim of perfection. Our founder underwent eye surgery and afterwards thought “I can do better” and so Optegra was born with a commitment to provide the best eye health care possible. Our trust pilot scores shout as much – we’re the UK’s most trusted eye care provider!
On the note of striving for perfection, we’re a proud pioneer in eye healthcare in the UK. In fact, we have our very own eye sciences department which is constantly researching new technologies, partnering with leading UK universities across the country – searching for the best outcome for our patients.
We believe that our patients are individuals and are all special, so we ensure that each and every one has a consultation when they visit us. Our consultants are highly respected in their fields, are NHS trained and are all members of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. We care passionately about our employees and those who partner with us by providing training so that we continue to be at the leading edge of our field, whether that be inside the hospitals working with patients, our optom referral partners or at head office where we work hard to support our network of hospital colleagues.
Our goal is to be the World’s most trusted choice for eye healthcare and we need dedicated people at all levels to help us achieve this.