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Operating Theatre Clinical Coordinator/Surgical First Assistant

What we are looking for:

Job Title: Theatre Clinical Coordinator

Department: Main Theatres

Salary: Competitive

Hours of Work: 37.5 per week

Contract Type: Permanent


We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Theatre Clinical Coordinator who shares our commitment to excellence in healthcare. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in perioperative care and leadership, with a passion for ensuring safe and efficient surgical procedures. You should be proactive, adaptable, and able to lead a team effectively in a fast-paced environment.

As the Theatre Coordinator at King Edward VII’s Hospital, your primary objectives are to deliver a safe, efficient, and effective perioperative service to patients and Consultant users. This pivotal role involves providing strong leadership and direction to the operating theatre team.

Your role is critical in maintaining high standards of patient care and operational efficiency within the perioperative environment. This includes collaborating closely with multidisciplinary teams, implementing best practices, and adhering to regulatory standards to uphold the hospital’s commitment to excellence in healthcare delivery.


Role Overview:

The Theatre Clinical Coordinator will play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of our operating theatres. You will be responsible for coordinating clinical activities, managing staff, and ensuring compliance with healthcare regulations and standards. Your leadership will be key in maintaining high standards of patient care and facilitating effective communication within the surgical team.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strong leadership to the operating theatre team, ensuring the delivery of safe, efficient, and effective perioperative services to patients and Consultant users.
  • Oversee clinical practice, staffing, and performance management, maintaining high standards of patient care and regulatory compliance.
  • Collaborate closely with multidisciplinary teams to implement best practices and uphold regulatory standards, contributing to the hospital’s commitment to excellence in healthcare delivery.
  • Develop, implement, and update policies and procedures to enhance patient safety and service delivery.
  • Oversee equipment maintenance, ensuring a safe and functional theatre environment.
  • Optimise theatre activities, scheduling, and resource utilisation to enhance patient care pathways and operational efficiencies.
  • Contribute to departmental audits, quality improvement initiatives, and staff development programs.
  • Act as a skilled first assistant to surgeons during procedures, ensuring seamless and safe surgical outcomes as needed.
  • Participate in the on-call rota.



  • Registered Nurse (RN) or Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) with current registration and significant perioperative care experience.
  • Proven leadership in a similar role within a theatre setting, demonstrating strong managerial and organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to motivate and engage a diverse team.
  • Commitment to continuous professional development and maintaining clinical standards of excellence.
  • Experience in budget management, resource allocation, and implementing cost-effective practices.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements, infection control, and health and safety standards in theatre environments.
  • SFA (Surgical First Assistant) certification is desirable.


In return, we offer:

  • Complimentary lunch
  • 35 days of Annual Leave (inclusive of bank holidays) that increase with long service
  • Private Healthcare
  • Staff Referral scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • On-going training and professional development opportunities
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Help to buy a bike
  • Free Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to EdenRed and various discount retail vouchers
  • Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship is available for candidates based in the UK who meet the job requirements.


Application Process:

Please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to Mita Vadgama – Lead Recruitment and Resourcing Partner at

Please note: We aim to respond to all applicants within two weeks. If you haven’t heard from us by then, we regret to inform you that, on this occasion, your application was not successful


Note to Recruitment Agencies:

At this time, we would like to ask that no recruitment agencies contact us about this vacancy. We are managing the recruitment process internally. Thank you for your cooperation.


At King Edward VII’s Hospital, we believe in creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where everyone feels respected and valued. We are committed to creating a workplace that is welcoming and inclusive to everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, or any other characteristic that makes them unique. We believe that by embracing diversity and fostering inclusion, we will create a workplace that is stronger, more innovative, and more successful.

How to Apply

Email your CV to Mita Vadgama - Lead Recruitment and Resourcing Partner

Please send your CV to: Job Description