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Job Title:  HSS Operator

Req ID:  16976
Job Category:  Processing Operations
Country/Region:  GB
State:  HRW
City:  Harrow
Zip:  HA1 3UJ

At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.


At STERIS Instrument Management Services (IMS) we are the trusted experts in surgical instrument sterilisation, offering both on and off-site reprocessing alongside reliable instrument maintenance solutions, ensuring our Customers’ reusable inventory can and is used reliably time and time again. Our teams are vital to the success of the business, through their knowledge, expertise and dedication we have created a supportive, nurturing culture which rewards hard work and dedication and ensures that we consistently provide the best quality services and products to our Customers.

Position Summary

Technicians are responsible for providing a high-quality service for the cleaning, inspection, assembly and packing of sterile equipment for hospital and community settings.
This role will involve working in a fast-paced environment, where quality and precision is vital. No experience required, full training and support is provided in a programme to help staff to reach their full potential, learning a wide range of hospital instruments and working in different functional areas of the sterilisation process.

  • To ensure the effective preparation of sterile consumables (dressings, linen, instruments and equipment) by the process of decontamination, inspection assembly and packing within predefined quality standards.
  • To rigorously check, wash, lay-up and pack sets of theatre instruments to meet contract specifications within predefined quality standards.
  • To safely operate and monitor machines and equipment (washer/disinfectors, ultrasonic and sterilisers) effectively.
  • To ensure that repairs and missing instruments or equipment are recorded and logged on the Tracking and Traceability computer system (SynergyTrak).
  • To ensure that repaired instruments or equipment are returned to stock or the appropriate coded sets or the Trust’s appointed person.
  • The post requires manual dexterity and the ability to use complex equipment, for example, this role involves disassembly, inspection, decontamination, packaging and sterilisation of surgical instrumentation to predetermined standards. The decontamination and sterilisation processes are carried out using complex processing units.
  • To undertake daily testing of Autoclaves and washers/disinfectors and related equipment.
  • Participate in daily housekeeping and equipment preparation checks in accordance with Trust and National Standards.
Duties - cont'd
  • To organise own daily work within allocated areas, working unsupervised in the absence of a supervisor/team leader.
  • The ability to recognise surgical instruments and identify trays used within the trust.
  • Assembling instruments and checking for cleanliness, functionality and damage in accordance with departmental procedures, specifications and best practice.
  • Manage the dispatch of the finished products to the correct locations.
  • To monitor and operate within the required health and safety guidelines.
  • To participate in staff development and training initiatives.
  • To actively participate in the Performance Management System.
  • To undertake any other duties or tasks as reasonably required.
Required Experience


  • Educated to a good general standard with demonstrable verbal and numerical abilities. 

  • Basic end user IT skills to operate track and traceability IT system. 



  • TVQ or NVQ Level 2 in Decontamination or equivalent experience. 

  • Previous experience in Sterile Services and/or health related products. 






Working under pressure 


Attention to detail 


More Information 

For more information about us, please visit our STERIS IMS website: https://www.steris-ims.co.uk/


STERIS plc is a $2B+, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with more than 12,000 employees worldwide.

STERIS strives to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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