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Theatre support worker

Support staff working in operating theatres, are an essential part of the operating department team. They transfer patients, who might be very ill or anxious, between the wards and the operating theatre. They also look after vital theatre equipment, such as oxygen cylinders, and ensure that the operating area stays clean and tidy. They work with other members of the theatre team, such as theatre nurses, operating department practitioners and administrative staff.

Entry requirements

There are usually no specific academic entry requirements. Staff in support roles, such as this one, need an awareness of health and safety issues, a reassuring manner with patients when transporting them and an understanding of patients' rights to privacy and dignity.

Job vacancies

Most NHS trusts advertise vacancies through the NHS Jobs website.