Sustainable Operating Theatres network volunteer roles

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Sustainable Operating Theatres Network Co-managers wanted!

Volunteer positions for one surgeon and one ODP/theatre nurse

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) is looking for a UK-based surgeon or surgical trainee AND an operating department practitioner or theatre nurse to become our National Sustainable Operating Theatres Network Co-Managers. Operating theatres are typically the most resource-intensive area of a hospital, generating 21-30% of hospital waste and are 3-6 times more energy intensive than the rest of the hospital. We are trying to work out how best to improve the eco-efficiency of theatres. 

The aim of the Sustainable Operating Theatres Network is to embed environmental sustainability into operating theatres and surgical pathways around the UK. The network acts as a platform for sharing information and case studies of sustainable practice within surgery. We would also like to know from members of the surgical team what they think are the barriers and enablers to sustainable practice within operating theatres. The network managers will be supported by our Volunteer Coordinator and will be informed by the work of our Sustainable Surgery Fellow Chantelle Rizan who is examining the carbon footprint of surgery within her PhD.

These are both one year voluntary posts, requiring equivalent of 2 days per month commitment. Responsibilities include: 

  • Develop the national Sustainable Operating Theatres online network, hosted on the CSH website (
    • Reaching out to members of the surgical team across the UK, encouraging them to join and engage in the online community
    • Posting news, events and resources
    • Facilitating & overseeing the network
  • Develop and disseminate a campaign of simple changes that can be implemented by operating personnel to improve surgical sustainability
  • There is also potential to help form a Sustainable Operating Theatres Ambassador programme. The ambassadors will act as local champions, encouraging cultural change within operating theatres. 

This is an exciting opportunity to:

  • Learn about how surgery and theatres can be made more environmentally sustainable
  • Develop skills in leadership and project management at a national scale 
  • Develop networking skills with members of the surgical community who are also committed to net zero carbon surgery
  • Contribute to an impactful movement, leading the edge of sustainability in surgery
  • Work with experts in the field with >10 years experience in clinical sustainability

To apply for this post please write 350 words outlining your reasons for applying, relevant experience and your vision for the network. Please also submit a two page summary of your CV. Submit applications to by 9am on 21st April at the latest.

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