Mercy Ships UK
Location: Western Africa / Liberia / Senegal
Finance: Personal Support
Duration: Less than 3 months, 3‑12 months, Over 12 months
Activity: Health & Medical, Practical & Technical
Posted: 8 Nov 2019
Closes: Open-ended

Sterile Services Technician

Mercy Ships UK

The Sterile Services/Decontamination Technician volunteer position, part of the Sterile Processing team in the Operating Room (OR) Department, will be located on the Africa Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship.

Summary: Clean and sterilise surgical instruments and medical equipment. Maintain inventory as directed by the Operating Room Manager.

About the role: The OR Team is why our patients travel tens and hundreds of miles to see us. The OR Sterilising team are there to ensure Mercy Ships can provide safe surgeries in clean spaces with sterile tools.

About you:

  • Current active Central Steriliser Technician License (or international equivalent) in home country desired, but not mandatory
  • Minimum two years of experience within a central sterilizing department, hospital-based or day surgical centre 
  • Previous experience with sterile supplies and knowledge of universal precautions required
  • Scrub Technicians and Nurses are eligible to work in the sterilising department if a minimum of two years’ experience is met
  • Oral and written fluency in English
  • Lift 30 lbs. to shoulder
  • Clean ceiling, floors, and walls
  • Able to stand for long periods for time
  • Able to work in a fast paced, noisy, and hot environment
  • Able to respond quickly to the needs of the operating rooms
  • Able to work cross culturally
  • Able to be exposed to a variety of chemicals/not chemical sensitivity

Interested in this role? We'd love to hear from you! Send us an email: or call 01438 347 480

We recommend all interested applicants to submit an application at least six months in advance of your target service date.

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Mercy Ships UK

Operating the world's largest charity-run hospital ship, Mercy Ships offers the opportunity to bring hope and healing to the world's forgotten poor. We need your skills, whether you're an engineer, cook, nurse, teacher, deck officer, surgeon or cleaner!
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