Decontamination technicians work in teams that decontaminate reusable medical equipment to make sure they are returned to the users in a sterile condition for reuse on patientsin theatres, wardsand clinics. They work in different areas of a decontamination unit including the wash room, packing room and sterilisationroom.
You could be:
receiving used medical equipment and logging each item into a computer system
taking apart complex medical equipment to prepare for decontamination and putting back together once complete
carrying out processes such as soaking, flushing and manual washing
operating specialist decontamination equipment such as multi-irrigation systems, washer disinfectors and sterilisers
recording and reporting to supervisors any issues, such as incorrect quantities of items or repairs required
assembling equipment into packs or trays ready for labelling and distribution
ensuring that you follow strict procedures throughout the whole decontamination process.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
whether you are on NHS pay rates
whether you work shifts.
Sterile services technicians are on the Agenda for Change pay scale. The current pay scales are from April 2023. They start on Band 2, £23,362 to £25,368 a year and after experience move up to Band 3, £25,468 to £27,486 a year. Supervisors are on Band 4, £27,598 to £30,019 a year.
You work in the sterile services or decontamination department of a hospital.
In most hospitals there are shifts around the clock and you will work some weekends.
You come into contact with contaminated equipment and dangerous sharps.
You are in a sterile environment and are in contact with powerful chemicals, so you wear a face mask and head covering as well as surgical gloves, gown and shoes.
This is an active job and you have to lift and carry heavy objects.
Work gets hectic if you have to urgently prepare a particular set of equipment.