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Sterile Services Technician
Grade: Band 2 (£17652 - £19020)
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Our Sterile Services department cleans, disinfects, packs and sterilises over 100,000 reusable surgical instruments per month for over 50 operating theatres and clinic areas throughout the Trust, as well as providing a service to health centres and other external customers. The department is one of the biggest and busiest in the country and is operational 24/7. The department is predominantly based at the QMC Campus, with a receipt and distribution centre servicing City Hospital Campus.
We are looking for enthusiastic people with good communication skills and a strong customer service focus. You need to be able to work independently, as well as in a team and be able to follow strict procedures around infection control and decontamination. The ability to work quickly and accurately is also essential.
Your main duties would include:
- Checking and dismantling pieces of equipment prior to automated cleaning and disinfection.
- Ensuring that all instruments are clean, reassembled and functioning following cleaning and disinfection
- Packing, sealing and labelling the equipment prior to sterilisation and dispatch to the customer.
- Operation of the washer-disinfectors and autoclaves and tracking of items throughout the process.
The department operates 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, therefore you must be able and willing to work any of our shifts that you may be allocated; 6am-2pm, 2pm-10pm and 10pm-6am. Flexibility to work any shift on any day is essential. This includes the requirement to work weekends and bank holidays. Full and part time positions are available.
This work can be physically demanding and involves lifting heavy equipment and pushing heavy trolleys. Previous experience in Sterile Services or formal qualifications are not required as full and comprehensive training will be given, however you must have a good standard of literacy and numeracy, have experience of working in a customer services environment and be computer literate to a basic level. Experience of working in a hospital, manufacturing or processing environment would also be advantageous.
You would be joining a large well established team of around 75 technicians, with an opportunity for further professional / career development within the team or across the organisation.
If you are looking for a technical role in health that is essential to patient care, this job could be for you!