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Assistant Technical Officer - Decontamination


What are you looking for?

We are recruiting an Apprentice to train as an Assistant Technical Officer within the Central Decontamination Unit.

What does the Central Decontamination Unit do? 

The Cowlairs CDU supports over 100 operating theatres in NHSGGC processing over 10 million theatre instruments per annum. When built it was the largest of it’s kind in Europe. With no other Unit in Scotland capable of taking on the workload, it demands that the unit must be kept operational at all times and never shuts down. Failure could cause closure of virtually all Operating Theatres in Glasgow and subsequent cancellation of patient operations.

NHSGGC has installed a Da Vinci Robotics system and the Production and Estates Departments have risen to the challenge of reprocessing the highly specialist, and expensive, robotics instrumentation to the Operating Theatres.  You can see one of these robots in action here

At Cowlairs we service, maintain and repair both the Decontamination Equipment (Washers and Sterilizers) and all building services. Other Units vary from just covering the Decontamination Equipment only to also covering some services within the TSSU/EDU.

We also cover the Dental CDU and support the Inverclyde Royal Hospital Theatre Sterile Services Unit (IRH TSSU) and 9 acute hospital based Endoscopy Decontamination Units (EDU).

What qualifications do I need?

At the point of submitting your application you must have one National 5 Qualification   (or Standard Grade 1 or 2 OR Intermediate 2, A to C) in biology or Chemistry and two other National 4 Qualifications (or SCQF level equivalent)

As well as meeting the academic criteria you must also demonstrate in your application that you possess good manual dexterity skills and good hand eye co-ordination.  Instruments and instrument trays are coloured coded and as the right instruments must be packed into the right tray, good colour perception is essential.

The most important personal qualities you will have is the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, a willingness to be flexible, help your colleagues and be  willing to learn new skills.

You will find further guidance on how to complete this section of the application form and suggested examples of cross transferable skills from education/extra curricular activities in the in the Candidate  Information pack.

Is there an age limit?

These apprenticeship are only open to applicants aged 16-24 years (or 29 years for candidates with a disability)  in line with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Youth Employment Plan and in support of our workforce demographics and projections. 

Where will I be working?

You will be based within the Central Decontamination Unit, Cowlairs,

There will be visits to other sites within the Decontamination Department working at 9 other Acute sites across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board area.

What are the working hours and shift pattern?

You will work a standard 37.5 hour working week (30 minutes unpaid lunch) from Monday to Friday between  12pm and 8pm however training may be carried out over different shift patterns e.g. 8am-4pm, 9am-5pm

What will I be doing? 

The central decontamination unit provides a decontamination & sterilisation of re-usable medical device service to customers inclusive of Theatres and clinics within NHSGGC.

Your duties will include, but are not limited to some or all of the following.

  • Disassembly of complex instrumentation on return to CDU following use at theatres
  • Presentation of instrumentation in such a manner to the washer disinfectors to allow correct cleaning
  • Inspection of instrumentation once through the washer disinfectors, function testing instrument and reassembling them as required.
  • Packing and wrapping tray in preparation for sterilisation
  • Following tight guidelines for the decontamination of flexible Endoscopes
  • Daily machine testing

A comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities is given in the full job description. COMING SOON

Who else works in the Team?

There is a wide range of staff that work within the unit who all contribute to the efficient running of the department.

The unit includes Domestic Services, Estates, Logistics and Stores.  The team also includes staff employed within Quality Control, Administrative Support, Customer Services and Production

What qualifications and training will I receive?

During the MA programme you will be working towards achieving an SVQ 3 in Healthcare Support.

You will find more detail on the training and education components of this apprenticeship in the Candidate Information Pack

How long will the Apprenticeship last?

This apprenticeship will last for two Years.

When will this Apprenticeship start?

We anticipate that successful candidates will commence employment (subject to the length of time it takes to complete individual pre employment checks) by June 2017.

What happens a the end of the Apprenticeship?

All candidates who successfully complete all elements of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprenticeship Programme will move into permanent employment within the organisation.

How much will I be paid and how many hours a week will I work?

NHS Greater Glasgow an Clyde is a Living Wage Employer and this Modern Apprenticeship will pay you a minimum of £16,086 per year (£8.25 per hour)

You will work a 37.5 hour week.

As an employee of Greater Glasgow and Clyde you will also be entitled to all the benefits that our staff receive including a minimum of 27 days paid annual leave, an additional 8 days paid public holidays and enrolment in the NHS Scotland Pension Scheme.


Last Updated: 17 March 2017