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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/05/2021.

Theatre Support Worker

Job Reference: 153-ATR11932

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
Main Theatres
Poole Hospital, Poole, Dorset
£18,005 - £19,337

Join us at this very exciting time as Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals have just merged into the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

We have ambitious plans to develop our sites, making even better use of our combined resources to serve our population most effectively.

Joining the teams at University Hospitals Dorset you will be taking up the many opportunities that Dorset has to offer in the way of a rewarding work life balance.

We are located within an area of amazing beauty which includes opportunities to drive, walk, run, swim or cycle in the New Forest , in the Purbecks, along miles of golden beaches and the Jurassic coastline. Bournemouth is a vibrant university town with a wide selection of restaurants and cafes; theatres, cinemas and sporting activities and Poole attracts many visitors, has a large natural harbour and is perfect for water sports or relaxing at a quayside restaurant.

Transport links are excellent with Bournemouth International airport, Cross-channel ferry terminals at Poole and direct train access to London.

Please note: all staff being recruited are expected to be available to work flexibly across all our Trust locations when service demands require it.

Theatre support workers - TSW

Head and Neck Theatres, Main Theatres

Poole and Bournemouth hospitals are working closely together to develop an expanded service for the Dorset community and wider areas. Poole is a great place to live and work where patient care and staff welfare are our top priorities. We are located in Poole town centre near the coast and New Forest. All this is on offer to any nursing and theatre practitioners making their next career move.

With the new management team in place and focus on quality, transformation and service development, we are increasing our operating theatre suite and are looking for dynamic and motivated people, to join our expanding theatre department delivering a 24 hour service.

No experience is necessary, we offer great opportunities with an extensive educational program, to include the development of the theatre support workers, to becoming a qualified practitioner, nurse associates, assistant theatre practitioners, or enhanced skills within the theatre support worker role.

We pride ourselves on our friendly working environment and our desire to lead on Best Practice in the Operating Theatre setting. Are you looking for a new challenge in the care setting? If you have drive and passion that we are looking for to join our friendly and supportive team, then Poole Hospital theatres are the place for you.

Working with multi professional colleagues, you will gain experience in working in an operating theatre setting across different specialities – head and neck, gynaecology, orthopaedic trauma, obstetrics, general surgery, anaesthetics, day surgery and recovery– and become a valued member of a core team. Full training and support will be given to facilitate your change in career and future development. Your peers, Anaesthetists, surgeons and senior staff will support you to learn new skills and to expand your practice.

If this role is of interest to you please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

Previous applicants needs not apply, unless specifically requested to so .

Please note: if this job requires you to have a DBS check to enable you to properly fulfil the requirements of the job, on appointment you will be required to repay the cost of obtaining a DBS check and this amount will be reclaimed from your salary.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameSamantha RobertsJob titleClinical Team Manager Head and Neck TheatresEmail addresssam.roberts@uhd.nhs.ukTelephone number0300 019 2405Additional contact information


For further details or to arrange a visit please contact: or phone: 0300 019 2405

Please note that this advert may be removed before the end date if sufficient applications are received.

We believe that having a diverse workforce, and allowing people to be themselves, is essential in ensuring we offer an inclusive, welcoming and productive place to work.

We especially welcome applications from minority groups in the community who may be underrepresented in our workforce.

At UHD our active staff network groups are Black Asian Minority Ethnic Group (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network Group (LGBTQ+), European (EU), Pro Ability Staff Network, and the Armed Forces Support Group.

As a Trust we are proudly signed up to the Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interview schemes.


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  • If you join us and need a DBS check we will deduct from your salary all or some of the cost
  • Many staff use the DBS update service at a cost of £13.00 p.a. but you need to sign up for this asap via their website.
  • If you come with no previous NHS experience, it is usual to appoint to the minimum of the band.
  • You will be joining a newly merged Trust and some Policies and local Terms and Conditions that apply to you will be confirmed in the coming months.
  • In completing this application you are giving us permission to contact the Home Office/UKBA to establish your immigration status and eligibility to work with us.
  • Previous NHS service will be verified with the relevant employers (if relevant).
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  • Appointment to the post is subject to satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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