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What will I do?

Jeannette Victoria

Theatre support worker
Jeannette Victoria

It’s very challenging and very rewarding. You experience a lot and learn a lot, too.

Theatre support workers (TSWs) are an essential part of the operating department team.

As a TSW you will support other members of the theatre team, such as scrub practitioners​, operating department practitioners (ODP), surgeons, anaesthetists and administrative staff.

Many of the patients you meet will be anxious and / or very ill and you will play an important part in reassuring them and keeping them as safe and comfortable as possible.

Your tasks could include:

  • collecting patients from the wards and taking them to the operating theatres 
  • talking with and reassuring patients during this transfer
  • making sure that the ODP / surgeon / anaesthetist is aware of problems and concerns that you cannot answer yourself
  • sitting and talking with patients who are undergoing procedures under local anaesthetic as a way of supporting and reassuring them
  • taking part in all the required checks in theatre, eg counting, checking and documenting instruments used during an operation
  • understanding the equipment used and being able to place it in the correct position
  • helping with the collection of specimens
  • cleaning the operating theatre before, between and after operations
  • helping ensure that patient safety is at the heart of all we do in theatres