Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are excited that a number of Health Care Assistants within Theatres have recently started studying towards the Level 3 Diploma in Perioperative Support (QCF) with support from Rotherham College and Louise Carney, Practice Educator for Theatres.

Theatre Manager, Simon Rowe said: “These are exciting times for theatres, with the introduction of the Assistant Theatre Practitioner role following the course, which will provide an excellent development opportunity for staff, as well as ensuring we develop a workforce which is not only fit for purpose, but sustainable at the point of delivery.”

The course will prepare staff members for the role of the Assistant Theatre Practitioner, which will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team within the operating theatre department.

The Assistant Theatre Practitioner will perform circulating and scrub roles within an agreed framework working alongside surgeons and registered practitioners ensuring a safe and high quality environment for services users.

The role will carry out routine individual care duties for patients, clients, carers and relatives in support of and supervised by a registered practitioner. The first cohort is expected to complete their training within the next two years.