Senior Theatre Support Worker – Colchester, Essex

Senior Theatre Support Worker

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Colchester, Essex


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

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Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Theatre Support Worker to develop as a Senior Theatre Support Worker in Constable Theatres at Colchester.  This position is ideal for an individual who is passionate and committed to delivering high-quality patient focused care.

We are seeking applicants who have a positive attitude, excellent communication skills and the desire to achieve and share in our vision.
At Colchester, our theatre suites comprise of 17 days case and inpatient theatres.  Constable Theatres have patients for elective orthopaedics, orthopaedic trauma, gynaecology and breast surgery. There will be opportunity to gain skills in other specialties by rotating internally to the other theatre suites.

We are committed to developing our staff and this exciting position offers opportunity for ongoing professional development

Main duties of the job

You will support the patients throughout their theatre journey, working within the theatre teams to ensure that the patient experience is positive, safe, quality focused and individualised.  

You will have the opportunity to lead a team of knowledgeable and skilled theatre support workers and support them in their individual development. Also as working alongside with theatre orthopaedic coordinator and procurement team.

You will also develop your skills in maintaining and overseeing the ordering and receipting of stock levels within the theatre departments and support with consumable budget.

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents. 

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.  

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.  

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook 

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you. 

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To provide patient care and act as a support member of the team under the supervision of qualified members of staff.

To contribute towards maintaining stock levels and equipment within the theatre and the department

To provide support to a multi-skilled team of varying levels of expertise in a variety of specialties including in emergency/trauma situations 

For full details of the responsibilities of this role please see the attached job description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

Previous proven experience of working in operating theatres within difference specialties, including 24 hour provision of care


Essential criteria

NVQ Level 2 in either Operating Department Support or General Healthcare OR equivalent experience

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Karen Briton
Job title
Constable Theatre Lead
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01206 746031
Additional information



If you have problems applying, contact

Colchester General Hospital


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