Theatre careers

At Spire Healthcare our theatre teams agree that Spire's top priority is delivering the highest quality patient care, so you can be sure that when you join us you'll work within a team that put patients interests at the heart of everything they do. Because of our focus on driving clinical excellence, we have an impressive track record in patient safety and infection control.

We are proud of the vital role our Perioperative Practitioners play in ensuring outstanding patient outcomes by providing specialist support in the areas of scrub, anaesthetic and recovery to consultants and the theatre team. Working side by side with some of the UKs top consultants you will support a wide range of surgical procedures due to the complexity of services offered by Spire hospitals. These may include cardiac, bariatrics, oncology, ophthalmology. gastrointestinal, neurosurgery and gynaecology, as well as orthopaedics and general surgery. Because of our values and the variety of services we offer, our 2012 Spire Employee Survey found that our theatre teams get real personal satisfaction from their work.

Ideally you will provide support in all 3 areas of scrub, anaesthetics and recovery, or you may have chosen to specialise in one of these areas. In Spire we are constantly looking to broaden the range of services available to patients which often exposes Perioperative Practitioners to the latest or brand new technology, equipment and procedures, as well as consultants who are leaders in their field.

Our theatre teams are close knit, working together with confidence in a relaxed and happy environment, knowing they can trust their colleagues to be there if they need support. In the course of your work you will interact with a wide range of colleagues from the Wards, Theatre Porters, and the Decontamination Unit amongst others. A key part of your effectiveness is in the way you promote the continuity and level of care for the patient to other colleagues as the patient moves through their surgery. Working at Spire, your manager will trust you to make the right decisions, support you in developing your skills and care about your personal wellbeing.

The real driving force is our ability to invest in our people. So we pride ourselves on providing training and on-going career development to enable each and every member of our theatre teams to enjoy a genuinely fulfilling career. Your training starts on the day you join with a comprehensive induction programme, and leads on to mandatory training including infection control and core clinical  training and medical device  competencies. You can look forward to further training in immediate and acute illness management, critical care competencies and where appropriate Advanced Life Support, Advanced Scrub Practitioner

We are keen to promote from within the Spire network so taking part in our in-house management development programmes can help you progress within the company. A number of our Theatre practitioners have secured Theatre Manager posts and we are very keen to encourage these ambitions. A number of Theatre Managers have become the Head of Clinical Services in Spire hospitals where their previous experience of this key department has proved invaluable.

What we are looking for
You will be a Registered Nurse or an Operating Department Practitioner ideally working towards a post registration qualification. You will have experience of working in teams and working with minimum supervision. Ideally you will have experience of applying clinical reasoning skills to a range of complex and varied patient case mixes, although we often have vacancies for newly qualified practitioners.

Importantly you will be passionate about patient care, high clinical standards and looking for ways to share best practice and improve the way we run our business. Your collaborative approach to team working will mean you fit in well with our values, and we need you to be willing to be flexible in your working patterns and processes. A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check is essential for this role.


Nimal Kuruppu-Arachchilage

 is a Perioperative Practitioner at the Spire Bushey Hospital

“the most rewarding part of my job is being able to bring a creative and satisfactory solution in a difficult situation in the operating room”


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Jacqueline Lythgoe

is a Scrub Nurse at Spire Manchester Hospital.

"I’m really glad I came here rather than anywhere else.”


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Sandra Robinson

is a Theatre Staff Nurse at Spire Manchester Hospital

"One of the main things I enjoy about working at Spire is the variety – it makes the day more interesting"


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Keith Fleary

is an Operating Department Practitioner at the Spire Regency Hospital in Macclesfield

What I like most about working for Spire is that there are a lot of opportunities for advanced learning and development and we are able to be involved in new and innovative techniques.


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Kelly Goffin

is a Specialist Practitioner for ENT, Gynae and Plastics at Spire Norwich Hospital

"It is a caring culture not just for patients but staff as well. We are more patient focussed. The little things make the difference."


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Claire Sulivan

is a Senior Theatre Practitioner at the Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital.

"I recently applied for a senior position (Team Leader) and was successful, so I look forward to many more years in my new and exciting role."


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Edel McNamara

is a Scrub Nurse at Spire Regency Hospital.

"Everyone is very approachable and willing to share their expertise. If I've any concerns I know I will get guidance and support from my colleagues."


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Victoria Neale

is a Perioperative Practitioner at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

"The main difference working for Spire compared to other places i've worked is that it's a lot less stressful. Here you have time to care for your patients properly."


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Jane Barnsley

is a Senior Sister and Bariatric Lead at Spire Regency Hospital in Macclesfield

"I feel more appreciated here and closer to my colleagues.  The culture in the team is friendly and team spirited, and most importantly, fun!"


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