Theatre Manager

Theatre Manager - Surgery Centre - Reference OWSC_Theatre_Manager

Role Information:

As the Theatre Manager you will be responsible for the safe running and management of our theatres, including 3 laminar flow theatres. Our specialities include day case procedures across orthopaedics, general surgery, ENT, Cardiology and Gynaecology.

  1. Salary: Competitive
  2. Location: London
  3. Full Time


As the Theatre Manager you will be responsible for the safe running and management of our theatres, including 3 laminar flow theatres. Our specialities include day case procedures across orthopaedics, general surgery, ENT, Cardiology and Gynaecology. You will also be responsible for the sterile service department which is on site. This is a managerial role and there would be an expectation for you to be clinical if the need arises. You will monitor and assist in the delivery of patient care and provide appropriate clinical and managerial leadership throughout the department. You will act as a role model and mentor to clinical staff providing advice and support to others to promote good practice consistent with AfPP standards. The role includes human resource management, including staffing and performance management, and financial management.

Reports to: Centre Director

Manages: Theatre Scrub and CSSD Team

Job Summary:

  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate staffing levels and skill mix to reflect the changing workload and to meet the needs of the patient in the perioperative environment
  • Coordinate all clinical activity to maximize efficiency.
  • Provide clinical leadership to all theatre staff. Provide effective communication with team members and other departments to ensure an efficient service is maintained
  • Deputise for the Director in their absence and responsibility for delivering the service daily.
  • Assist the Director in achieving performance targets. To act as a clinical expert within the area of work demonstrating specialist knowledge, skills and expertise.
  • Ensure that all staff working within their specialty is working to the required level of clinical and professional competence. Work collaboratively with other team leaders in the theatre department in the daily running and organization of theatre activity and provide support in all clinical areas as necessary.
  • Work as part of the senior staff team to meet the departmental objectives and develop the work of the theatre service and business growth.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Maintain the health and safety and wellbeing of patients, their relatives, visitors and colleagues, in accordance with the departments Health & Safety Policies
  • To maintain and raise the clinical standard of care through the process of audit, and as a result implement changes in best practice.
  • To liaise and co-operate with, other departments and personnel in the facility. To attend daily handover and monthly departmental meetings.
  • Maintain a high visibility within the clinical area. Identify and resolve staffing and skill mix discrepancies that may impede patient flow and theatre efficiency. In conjunction with Director, implement and evaluate cost improvement initiatives.
  • Escalate any issues which cannot be resolved to the Director.
  • To liaise with the admin office in the booking of theatre cases and lists.
  • Proactively plan by checking through anticipated Theatre Operating Lists and identify any issues arising, identifying specific instrumentation or equipment loan requirements. Ensure that if the list order has been changed that all relevant departments are notified (ie Radiography, Recovery).
  • Ensure that Theatre lists start and finish in reasonable time and communicate with relevant Consultants and departments (as above) if there are anticipated delays, or any concerns about resources.
  • Ensure that the “Five Steps to Safer Surgery” initiative including the WHO Surgical Safety checklists are performed and adhered to. Ensure that the privacy and dignity of patients whilst in theatre is upheld at all times.
  • Ensure that any safeguarding issues are raised appropriately in relation to vulnerable adults. Proactively participates in the capturing of revenue, ensuring that the theatre team completes verification processes in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Annually, or as required, ensures that Surgeons Preference cards are updated. The post holder will ensure that there is the appropriate allocation of staff & skill mix to be provided for surgical or anaesthetic assistance to the consultants during all surgical procedures whether under local/regional/sedation/ general anaesthetic in all areas. Provide expert clinical advice or care to patients who may be having interventional procedures outside of the Theatre department.
  • To assist in the leadership and development of an identified group of practitioners.
  • To assist the Director in managing the performance of staff through the appraisal process. Maintain a personal, professional profile, identifying role and skill developments. Participate in the selection and recruitment, induction, and orientation of new staff members.

Key relationships and stakeholders:

Internal clients:

  • Surgery Centre team
  • Divisional Directors
  • Centre Directors
  • Surgeons
  • Finance Team
  • Human Resources Team
  • Anaesthetists

External clients:

  • Representatives from companies
  • Local hospitals
  • Secretaries and PAs
  • Professional registration bodies


  • Achievement of appropriate department staffing in line with AfPP guidance;
  • Fulfilling appraisal and performance review objectives;
  • Compliance with corporate Objectives;
  • Satisfactory feedback of performance from colleagues and peers;
  • Completion of Competency Assessments;
  • Satisfactory Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspection;
  • Achievement of good patient satisfaction results;
  • Maintenance of good staff morale;
  • High standard of audit results, clinical practice and patient care documentation;
  • Achievement of clinical quality indicators (e.g. infection rates).

Values and behaviours

  • Demonstrable commitment to and focus on quality, promotes high standards to consistently improve patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrable skill to work together to serve our customers through delivering safe and excellent clinical care.
  • Value diversity and difference, operates with integrity and openness.
  • Treating others with compassion, empathy and respect.
  • Share information openly and effectively with patients, staff and relatives.
  • Works across boundaries, looks for collective success, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others.
  • Uses evidence to make improvements, increase efficiencies and seeks out innovation.
  • Actively develops themselves and others.

To apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to