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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2020.

Decontamination Technician

Job Reference: 188-OTH1704

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Sterile Services
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£18,005 - £19,337 per annum

The Sterile Services and Endoscopy Decontamination Department at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is looking for Decontamination Technicians to join the team.

We currently have the below vacancies:

  • Late shift which is permanently 15:00-23:00

  • General shifts which will be working a variety of shifts within the service hours between 8:00-23:00


We process around 12,500 trays of surgical instruments and medical devices per month. Using the latest decontamination technology, the decontamination service serves the patient care needs for all hospitals and units under the umbrella of UHS as well as some health centres and hospitals in the community. The Decontamination service operates between 0800hrs 2300hrs. The successful candidates will also be required to work one weekend in four and potentially bank holidays, for which enhancements are paid.


Duties involve

  • Checking in of dirty instrument sets and endoscopes and cleaning/disinfecting of the instrument sets and endoscopes by correctly loading into washer-disinfectors and automatic endoscopes reprocessors.

  • Inspecting, laying up and packing comprehensive sets of instruments and endoscopes for major surgical procedures to enable a timely commitment to customers and to maintain production deadlines

  • Collection of instruments from Theatres and Endoscopy Department


  • Awareness of hygiene required in a Hospital.

  • Understanding of how quality systems work.

  • Understand importance of good Customer Care skills

  • Able to demonstrate a good work ethos

  • Ability to work in line with the service requirements

  • Working weekends and Bank holidays, on a rota basis


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 05 October 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Katie Brehaut

Decontamination Secretary

02381 206914

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


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