Perioperatve nurse

Shape your future

It’s all about you

We don’t just want to recruit the best nurses and ODPs.  We want you to stay with us for the long-term too.  That’s why we’ll do everything we can to support you - and help you make your professional ambitions a reality.

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Variety – at the cutting edge

With such a wide range of specialities, we can offer our nurses and ODPs the opportunity to work across a diverse number of areas from ENT, thoracics, renal transplants and ophthalmics to robotics, orthopaedics, complex vascular, cardiac in adults and paediatrics and more. Our long history of cutting-edge surgery means that you could also be involved with some of the world’s most advanced procedures. For example, our team recently performed one of the UK’s first robotic lobectomies.

In Critical Care you can be part of the team which supports 103 Critical Care beds, including 11 new beds which opened in 2018. You will be exposed to a wide variety of specialities including ECMO and will have the opportunity to develop your teaching, research and audit skills.

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Work at the cutting–edge across a variety of specialities
Training and development

You will have access to a wide range of clinical programmes partially funded by professional development resources. This includes the chance to study at our contracted universities including King’s College London, London Southbank University and the University of Greenwich.

Our internal training programmes, led by our Professional Development Academy and the Trust’s Nightingale Academy, are dedicated not only to reinforcing your clinical knowledge but also to covering a broad range of non-clinical skills to help you build your portfolio in advanced nursing, leadership, research, NHS management and more, with the aim of supporting you to develop your career further.

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Training and development shaped around your aspirations
Build a broad range of experiences

We encourage all of our theatre staff to gain experience across anaesthetics, scrub and recovery. You can also be part of a rotational programme that will give you wide exposure to a range of elective and non-elective procedures at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Evelina London Children's Hospital.  The Theatres, Anaesthetics and Peri-Operative Medicine Department comprises of 46 theatres including the Children’s hospital, each supported by a comprehensive recovery area, that utilise some of the most advanced technology in use today. There is also the opportunity to develop your skills within our surgical admission lounges or Pre-Op Assessment Clinics.

If Critical Care is where you see your career developing, you will have the opportunity to gain experience across medical, surgical  and Cardiac high dependency areas, an Overnight Intensive Recovery and any of the 3 Intensive Care floors across Guy’s and St Thomas’ plus a new 4th Intensive Care Unit which opened in October 2018. There is also the world-renowned long-term respiratory care unit, the Lane Fox Unit, where you can develop advanced respiratory care skills.

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Gain experience across anaesthetics, scrub and recovery

What our people say


“Every day we get to work in a different specialty, so there’s huge variety. I started working here over six years ago and I’m still happy and excited.”

“It doesn’t matter how challenging the day is, if you’ve got that team around you, you feel like you can do anything.”


“We do stuff here that they don’t do anywhere else. The commitment is immense. I really like working in this hospital. It’s brilliant.”