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Theatres Materials & Equipment Operative

Band 2

Main area
Band 2
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Full and part time considered)
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital, Boyatt Wood, Eastleigh
£18,870 - £19,918 pa
Salary period
07/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

UHS Estates Limited (UEL) are looking for a number of experienced warehouse and materials handling staff, to join the team as Materials Operatives within Theatre services.  This is a new role, providing non-clinical support for the trust's operating theatres and catheter labs, and will be based between Boyatt Wood, Eastleigh and the UHS main campus.

The service supports the operating theatres and labs of a 24/7 acute teaching hospital - providing major trauma and countless tertiary services across the South of England - ensuring that the correct theatre is available, with the correct equipment, the correct consumables and surgical instrumentation, at the correct time.

This role will be key in ensuring the right equipment and consumable goods are the right right place, at the right time, to ensure that the clinical services are treat patients efficiently and effectively, with lots of support from a dedicated management team within UEL.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

UHS Estates Limited (UEL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).  The company is responsible for the design and construction of new buildings, and the ongoing provision of services, including estates maintenance, soft facilities management and the management of equipment, consumables and materials, in support of one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England.

UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UEL employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

The postholder will be part of a small team responsible for ensuring that consumable goods used in the labs and theatres are well-managed, stock levels are well-maintained and that everything is in the right place at the right time.  We’re looking for a small team who work well together, with good communication skills, both within the team, and with clinical users (UEL customers). 

The successful candidates will need a keen eye for detail, as well as having some experience in utilising IT and data platforms that are used with the hospital acute care sector, and a background of working in materials handling and/or warehouse roles will be advantageous.  Those with experience as drivers are also encouraged to apply.

The team will liaise with clinical team members and will be key in providing an effective stock handling and management function.  Stock rotation, stock counting and maintaining safe and tidy store rooms will be concepts that you’ll need to be familiar with.  You will also be tasked within working in the UEL warehouse facility, so experience of warehouse working may be beneficial.

You will also be integral to the development and growth of UEL Managed Theatres as the overall project is rolled out and implemented across new specialities with the operating theatres and catheter labs.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for a conscientious, hard-working, team player to join our team in UEL Theatres.  Good IT skills and good communication skills will be essential, as well as the ability to organise your workload in a logical way.  You will need to be reliable, be able to work under pressure, and able to motivate yourself and others.

The ability to prioritise tasks and escalate where there are risks to services is also an important quality.

Additional information

The ability to work between the Boyatt Wood site and the main hospital campus is required.

Interviews will be held during on Friday, 15 July 2022, subject to confirmation.

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Holds a driving licence

Qualifications / training required

Essential criteria
  • Numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of English language
  • Clear & effective communicator, in person & written, in all situations
  • A good standard of Keyboard /computer skills.

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Desirable criteria
  • Proven experience in a hospital environment

Aptitudes and skills required

Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of personal accountability

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Ian Porter
Job title
Head of UEL Managed Theatres
Email address
Additional information

Sam Harrison

Materials & Logistics Manager


07810 736077

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