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Theatre Sterile Services Unit (TSSU) Operational Manager

Band 8a

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Theatre Sterile Services Unit
Band 8a
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Stanmore, Middlesex
£49,349 - £55,562 inc. per annum
18/09/2019 23:59

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from the most acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions. 

Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained and are experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care. 

The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and our academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

The RNOH works closely with other hospitals and trusts, with whom we have joint appointments to ensure maximum availability of specialist skills for patients. Our patients benefit from access to Aspire Leisure Centre which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people.


The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) is a national centre of excellence with an international reputation for diagnosis, assessment and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. We are the largest specialist trust in the United Kingdom and amongst the largest orthopaedic specialist hospitals in Europe. The Trust has recently opened a brand new state of the art ward block.

The theatre complex at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital consists of 10 operating theatres and a plaster theatre. We have a well-established team where excellent standards of care are delivered. We understand the rights to privacy and dignity and we always put patients first.

We are seeking an operational manager who is passionate, dynamic and forward thinking to join our team. You will provide visionary leadership and direction to provide a first class decontamination service to support the Theatre suite and the requirements of the wider Trust. You must be able to demonstrate that you can manage a decontamination service providing leadership, strategic direction and facilities management to the department.  You will be responsible for ensuring that all policies and quality standards are up to date and in line with current legislation and directives.

The successful candidate will have a current range of skills and knowledge in Sterile Services and have the ability to organise the department on a day to day basis; prioritize the workload and to plan for future pressures. Also, the successful candidate will be able to support the staff through the appraisals process, implement and support training needs of the department and have the appropriate skills for effective people management and effective budget control. Experience of quality improvement would be advantageous.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such 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 to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Mark Ashwell, Theatre Manager / Head of Theatres, on 020 8385 5776 or by email