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Theatre Porter

NHS AfC: Band 2

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Theatre Porter
NHS AfC: Band 2
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Health - Theatres
£18,005 - £19,337 Per Annum Excluding HCA'S
Salary period
01/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Main Theatres Theatre Porter Band 2

We are looking for a well-motivated and enthusiastic Theatre Porter to join our established team.

You will be working  as part of a multidisciplinary team undertaking movement of patients, surgical equipment and supplies, cleaning and general duties in accordance with the department requirements. In addition, you will also be working in an In House Sterile Services (IHSS) role out of hours ( weekends and bank holidays). The IHSS role is a new skill attached to the Theatre Porter K&S Framework so all existing and new Theatre Porters will receive training for this aspect of the role.

Experience in the theatre setting is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided. You must be professional, willing and capable of undertaking mandatory training courses.

This is a demanding and busy environment so you will need to physically fit, hardworking, reliable and willing to work weekends.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

The Theatre Porter is a member of the theatre team appointed to support Theatre staff in the delivery of direct patient care. The post holder will undertake a range of activities under the supervision of a registered nurse or ODP, having been assessed and deemed competent in the activities required. The post holder may be required to work anywhere within Main Theatres and Day Treatment Centre.

It is expected that the post holder will be able to carry out all of the duties listed in the main duty section below. The duties will vary from speciality to speciality and they may carry out other similar duties in support of the theatre environment that are not listed. The IHSS role is a new skill attached to the Theatre Porter K&S Framework so all existing and new Theatre Porters will receive training for this aspect of the role. No duties are to be undertaken by the post holder unless they have received the appropriate training.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health expects its employees to communicate with colleagues, patients and visitors in a polite and courteous manner at all times. You are expected to contribute to improving our patients’ experiences by delivering the Whittington Promise:

  • We will be clean
  • We will be welcoming and caring
  • We will be well organised
  • We will offer the best possible treatment
  • We will give you information and listen to what you tell us

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  1. Support the registered nurse/ODP in implementation of an agreed plan of care with the patient and in accordance with instructions and training received in Main and Day Theatres, Interventional areas, Endoscopy, Day Treatment Centre and Recovery
  2.    Provide and maintain a high standard of total patient care at all times, ensuring the   dignity and self-esteem of the patient is preserved
  3. To effectively communicate with the nursing team and members of the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will embrace the philosophy of the multi-disciplinary team and take steps to ensure such working relationships are fostered at every opportunity.
  4. Assisting the Nurse/ODP to summon help and collect equipment in an emergency situation and be able to carry out basic life support.
  5. Assisting with the pre/peri/post anaesthetic/operative care of patients undergoing interventional, endoscopic and surgical procedures.
  6. Assist the Registered Nurse/Theatre Team in the moving, handling and positioning of patients to meet clinical need, adhering to the Trust Moving and Handling policy at all times
  7. Ensure that all equipment is maintained in safe working order, demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to use the equipment safely and effectively and reporting any maintenance required to the appropriate department for repair.
  8. To carry out all care with the consent and co-operation of the patient and their relatives/carers and to be aware of the needs of patients/ relatives and other visitors.
  9. Co-operating with appropriate departmental staff to ensure prompt collection and dispatch of specimens and ensuring the correct labelling of specimens.
  10. Co-operating with appropriate departmental and ward staff in sending for patients to the operating department and endoscopy rooms and returning patients to the recovery/ward area.
  11. To follow infection control procedures and take steps to prevent cross infection.
  12. The post holder will undertake the hospital’s in-house training for Theatre Porters and will maintain an agreed level of competence.
  13. Assist or participate in departmental and trust initiatives or audits related to quality improvement/ patient safety.
  14. Interact with patients, visitors to the department, other members of the nursing team and managers in positive, supportive and co-operative ways.
  15. Assist with the maintenance of stock levels in the department, to include unloading pharmaceutical deliveries, checking expiry dates and rotating stock levels to reduce wastage.
  16. Assist with the maintenance of stock levels of medical gases, to include the return of empty cylinders, stock rotation and checking of expiry dates.
  17. To participate in our In house Sterile Services (IHSS) out of hours, on weekends and bank holidays and in the absence of an IHSS technician:

This role will include:

  • Scan sterile instruments into the trust upon delivery
  • Deliver sterile instruments to departments
  • Collect contaminated instruments from departments and scan, load to the sterile services trolleys
  • Report quality issues upon delivery
  • Ensure date rotation of instrument sets is carried out on a monthly basis
  • Adhere to the process for dealing with damaged or dirty reusable items
  • Notify appropriate personnel of any faults or non-compliance in any of the processing systems 
  • Prioritise own workflow in accordance with Theatre and IHSS schedules.
  • Supervise learners or new staff within a specific area of responsibility
  • Able to work in an area with moderate physical activity including moving patients, pushing beds and moving heavy equipment, surgical trays and loaded instrument trolleys
  • Assist in the maintenance of ward/departmental cleanliness/tidiness.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • Key skills level 1 in literacy and numeracy
Desirable criteria
  • • NVQ2 or equivalent experience

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • • Communicates clearly in writing, verbally, electronically and on the telephone
  • • Able to prioritise and plan their work
  • • Moving and handling of patients
  • • Hand hygiene

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • • Team working
  • • Caring for adults
  • • Understands the importance of patient confidentiality
  • • Understands the importance of privacy and dignity
Desirable criteria
  • • Demonstrable experience in a healthcare setting
  • • Demonstrable experience of working in a theatres setting
  • • Caring for children
  • • Understanding of health and safety issues

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • • Demonstrates a caring disposition
  • • Flexibility
  • • Punctual
  • • Fit, strong and able to participate in the manual handling of patients, heavy equipment, trays and loaded instrument trolleys.
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Ruel Ordonio
Job title
Theatre Charge Nurse
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If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3767