Sterile Services Technician

Equals One
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
14 Sep 2017
12 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Sterile Services Technician
Salary 15-17k dependent on experience

Hours 37.5

Sheffield S9

JOB PURPOSE            

To provide a high quality service for the cleaning inspection, assembly and packing of sterile equipment for hospital and community settings.
To take a flexible approach to work within the sterile services department.

·To ensure the effective preparation of sterile consumables (dressings, linen, instruments and equipment) by the process of cleaning, inspection assembly and packing within predefined quality standards.

·To rigorously check, wash, lay-up and pack sets of theatre instruments to meet contract specifications within predefined quality standards.

·To safely operate and monitor machines and equipment (driers, washers, sterilisers) effectively.

·To ensure that repairs and missing instruments or equipment are recorded and logged on the Tracking and Traceability computer system.

·To ensure that repaired instruments or equipment are returned to stock or the appropriate coded sets.

·The post requires manual dexterity and the ability to use complex equipment for example, this role involves disassembly, inspection, decontamination, packaging and sterilisation of surgical instrumentation to predetermined standards.  The decontamination and sterilisation processes are carried out using complex processing units.

·To undertake daily testing of Autoclaves and washers/disinfectors and related equipment.

·Participate in daily housekeeping and equipment preparation checks in accordance with Trust and National Standards.

·To organise own daily work within allocated areas, working unsupervised in the absence of a supervisor/team leader.

·The ability to recognise all surgical instruments and identify trays used within the trust.

·Assembling instruments and checking for safety and correct function in accordance with departmental procedures, specifications and best practice.

·To monitor and operate within required health and safety guidelines.

·To participate in staff development and training initiatives.

·To actively participate in the Synergy Healthcare Performance Management System.

·To undertake any other duties or tasks as reasonably required.



Physical Effort

·To adhere to the Company Manual Handling policy and procedure in executing the safe transfer of instrumentation and sundry items around the Trust.  This will require moving heavy weights manually and using trolleys on a regular basis.

Mental Effort                                                                            

·To be able to maintain concentration where the work pattern is predictable for example, maintaining high standards of accuracy when checking the contents of instrument sets.

Emotional Effort

·Exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances is rare.

Working Conditions

·The post entails frequent exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions in that direct exposure to body fluids is implicit in the Sterile Services Technician role.  Similarly implicit is the handling of chemical cleansing agents (irritant) with the protective equipment supplied and the risk of spillage that these procedures incur.

Essential skills

Educated to a good general standard with demonstrable verbal and numerical abilities.
Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development and training.
TVQ or NVQ Level 2 in Decontamination or equivalent experience
Previous experience in Sterile Services and/or health related products.
Ability to carry out instructions accurately.
Ability to follow procedures.
Ability to learn and understand the instruments and trays.
Basic end user IT skills in order to operate track and traceability (Trakstar) IT system
Ability to:

Work in a team environment
Adopt a flexible approach to work
Work in partnership
Work under pressure to deadlines
Pay attention to detail being able to identify missing and defective instruments from trays.
Produce high standards/quality work
Must be willing to work flexible hours if the need arises.
Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post including clearance of blood borne viruses in compliance with Company/customer policy.

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