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HSDU Operative

Job Reference: 230-1320133-SURG-A

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Nuneaton
£17,652 to £19,020 per annum

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust opened in 1948 and provides a range of elective, non-elective, surgical, medical, women’s, children’s, diagnostic and therapeutic services to a population of more than 350,000 people.

The hub of the Trust is located on the outskirts of Nuneaton and its services cover a large footprint, including north Warwickshire, south west Leicestershire, and north Coventry. We also provide primary and community services across Coventry, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.

Please note:

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust utilises a third party recruitment system (TRAC). When applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into TRAC where all subsequent information regarding your application will be generated. You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages via the NHS Jobs website. Furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any emails/messages sent to us via the NHS Jobs website.

HSDU Assistant Technical Officer

37.5 hours per week

Band 2 £17,652 - £19,020 per annum

About us

Here at George Eliot our vision to excel at patient care’ takes centre stage. An ever evolving clinically-led acute service provider we are on a journey to continually provide high quality, safe and responsive services delivered by inspiring, friendly and compassionate staff who share our corporate values which underpin everything we do. Our values are not just words on a piece of paper, they bond us together, reflect our ambition and shape who we are:

Effective Open Communication

excellence and safety in everything we do

Challenge but support

Expect respect and dignity

Local health that inspires confidence


The Role

HSDU provides decontamination services to nine theatres, as well as wards and departments within George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust. The service also provides decontamination services to several other external agencies. Please note HSDU is not a patient contact department, unlike the wards.

This busy service is vital to the efficient running of the operating theatres and departments. The service offers a team environment where skills and expertise are integral to the smooth running of the department. We are looking for highly motivated and friendly staff to join our team who will be committed to delivering a first class service.

The opportunity has arisen for an experienced HSDU Assistant Technical Officer, however, inexperienced applicants with an eagerness to learn will be considered for these posts. Full training will be given, this can take up to six months to complete. The successful candidate should have proven communication skills and it is essential that they can demonstrate that they are able to work as part of a team and on their own initiative. They will assist in the decontamination of reusable Medical Devices. The department uses a computerised traceability system therefore a reasonable knowledge of using computers is essential.

The roles include:

  • Decontamination/cleaning of surgical instruments
  • Inspection, packing and labelling of surgical instruments
  • Sterilisation process to include daily testing of machinery.
  • The role involves standing for extensive periods at a time throughout the shift.

The service provides 7 day cover and candidates will need to demonstrate a flexible approach to the role. The department is open from 08:00 – 22:00 hours each day and shift patterns reflect these hours.

Shift patterns are:

Week 1 8:00 - 16:00

Week 2 14:00 - 22:00

Once initial training has been successfully completed the HSDU Assistant Technical Officers will be expected to work 5 days out of 7 on a rolling rota basis.



Our benefits include but are not limited to: On-site nursery, 27 days minimum annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, cycle to work scheme, flexible working, on-site discounted gym, extensive in-house course learning directory, buying and selling of annual leave, subsidised restaurant, tranquillity garden and generous subsidised on-site parking.

Closing date: 20th September 2019

Interview Date: 7th October 2019


This post may close early due to high numbers of applications so you are advised to apply promptly.

All correspondence for this vacancy will be sent by email; please check your account regularly including your Junk and SPAM areas.

A great and friendly place to work, so bring your passion, commitment and expertise

and enjoy the opportunities to make a difference every day.



For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information regarding this recruitment opportunity, it is highly recommended that you come to the department to look around, please contact Elaine Galloway on 02476 865140. If you are successful to interview, you will be given a tour of the department following the interview

How we process your data:

By applying for this post you are consenting to the Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system, TRAC. In this connection your submitted application form will remain in the Trac system for 400 days after which time it will be automatically deleted.

The Equality and Diversity data you provide as part of your application is used for monitoring and reporting purposes only and is not available to recruiting managers at any stage of the process.

The Job application data you provide will be used to assess your application for employment at GEH, to verify your information and conduct reference checks, and to communicate with you. If you accept employment with GEH, the information collected will become part of your employment record and will be used for employment purposes and transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of individuals and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of our safe recruitment practice, if appropriate for the role, it is a mandatory requirement for all newly appointed staff to complete a DBS application. Positive disclosures will be handled in accordance with the Trust DBS Policy.

All information provided will be used for recruitment purposes only and processed in a lawful, fair and transparent manner.


In response to NICE guidance and to support the reduction of health harm from tobacco, the Trust has a smoke-free site policy which applies to anyone on Trust sites. Staff who smoke will be supported to quit or not smoke whilst on Trust sites.

The Trust is part of a 'Foundation Group' through a strategic alliance with Wye Valley NHS Trust and South Warwickshire Foundation Trust. This Partnership is a great sustainability of all three organisations and allows us to share learning and maximise opportunities to ensure the delivery of high quality health and care services for our local populations.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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