Theatre Health Care Assistant

Gillingham, Dorset, England
Full time
Job level
Admin - Sales - Clerical
15 Jan 2020
14 Feb 2020

Job Description

Job Summary

The Theatre Assistant is a member of the operating theatre unit care team appointed to support the Theatre staff. The role involves contact on a physical and psychological level with patients and their families.

The post holder will be responsible for providing high quality care and undertake a range of activities under the supervision of a registered nurse, having been assessed and deemed competent in the activities required.

Responsible To

Theatre Manager

Key Responsibilities

• To support the registered nurse and operating department practitioner in implementing an agreed plan of care in association with the patient and in accordance with instructions and training received.
• To promote safe patient care and to be willing to develop and apply new skills to maintain and enhance clinical service delivery.
• Help promote and maintain an environment conducive to meeting the needs of the patient.
• Contribute to a team approach to patient care in conjunction with theatre colleagues and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
• Provide support and assistance to qualified staff.
• To be responsible for cleaning/washing theatre and accessories before commencement of list, between cases and at the end of the list.
• To maintain high standards of infection prevention and control within the theatre and endoscopy area, during clinical care and to assist patients to maintain their own infection control needs
• To assist with transportation of patient to and from the ward.
• To assist in the safe transfer and positioning of patients.
• To support the practitioners with the care and prevention of pressure sores, in the safe manual handling and moving of immobile patients applicable to the environment.
• To undertake the role of circulator in theatre ensuring that the requirements of the scrub nurse and/or surgeon is met effectively and in a timely fashion.
• To have a clear understanding and to participate in the accurate accounting of all disposable and non-disposable instruments, items and sharps before, during and after any clinical procedure.
• To assist in the clinical and cleaning areas of Endoscopy with a clear understanding of the cleaning, maintenance and using of endoscopes as per company policies and procedures and as directed by the lead for Endoscopy.
• To actively participate as a member of a team, communicating with patients and colleagues, sharing information and appropriately reporting to enable transmission, working at all times with others to achieve the organisations goals.
• Continuously recognise and give priority to the needs of patients, maintaining respect, dignity and an individualised approach to patient services.
• Respect client confidentiality and privacy and adhere to current policies.
• Respect the customs, values and beliefs of the patients
• To assist the team in achieving the optimal outcome for patient care.
• To monitor and maintain stocks of material and equipment at appropriate levels within the theatres, as delegated by qualified theatre practitioners.
• To utilise and complete relevant documentation correctly.
• To be aware of, and comply with, the Health and Safety at Work Act reporting all accidents/incidents and ensuring that personal behaviour does not put themselves, patients or other team members at risk.
• To undertake an NVQ in theatre practice – level 2 and level 3.

Skills & Experience

• Experience of working in a Health Care Assistant role or other caring roles.
• Experience of working within the operating department.
• Understands the need for strict confidentiality.
• Understands and committed to a caring approach to patients and relatives.
• Able to carry out basic procedures as delegated by and under the direction of qualified theatre practitioner staff.
• Able to demonstrate an empathetic and caring approach to patients and relatives and work so that patients dignity and respect is maintained at all times.
• Able to prioritise own workload.
• Able to work under own initiative within boundaries of role.
• Demonstrates awareness of importance of working as part of a team.
• Able to communicate routine information including observations, effectively verbally and written to staff, patients and relatives.


• Varied “life skills”
• Good standard of literacy
• I. T. training
• NVQ level 2 in operating department support

Additional Information

If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted by the Internal Recruiter for the role who will arrange a mutually agreeable time for you to attend an interview. If you have any questions regarding the role please contact Apply or call Apply.

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Ref: 12102UK

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