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Theatre work in London

MCG Healthcare is a recruitment agency, currently recruiting for a large number of Theatre roles with high pay rates in London.

Specialising in providing permanent, temporary, and last minute cover for hospitals and other medical institutions across the UK. Find your next job with MCG Healthcare and make a difference every day.

FAQs about being a Theatre Nurse

  • How much does a theatre nurse earn in the UK?

    It depends on whether the theatre nurse is working in a private hospital or within the NHS. The average salary for a theatre nurse in the UK is £32,000. Privately, a theatre nurse earns between £25 and £30 per hour.

  • What qualifications do you need to be a theatre nurse?

    To become a theatre nurse you’ll need a nursing degree and to be registered as a nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. There are specific theatre nurse roles that require other skills. Operating department practitioner nurses need to be registered on the Health & Care Professions Council and require a DipHE or a BSc degree.

  • How long does it take to become a theatre nurse?

    To become a theatre nurse you need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and/or the Health & Care Professions Council. Both councils require you to have a nursing degree. Most degree courses last three years. 

  • What are the shift patterns for a theatre nurse?

    All hospitals have different shift patterns, but the traditional hours are:

    Early: 07:00 to 15:00

    Late: 13:00 to 21:00 

    Long day: 07:00 to 21:00

    Night: 21:00 to 07:00


    Other examples of theatre shifts:

    8 hours: 06:30-15:00, 08:00-16:30, 10:30-19:00, 13:00-21:30, 14:30-23:00

    10 hours: 06:30-17:00, 08:30-19:00, 10:30-21:00

    12 hours: 06:30-19:00, 07:30-20:00, 18:30-07:00

  • Is there flexibility with shift patterns?

    We’re able to agree unique shift patterns for our nurses at various hospitals. Call us to talk through the shift patterns you want and we’ll see if we can help.

  • What is an ODP?

    An Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) is a vital part of the operating theatre team. They are responsible for the care of patients undergoing surgery, both pre and post-operation. An ODP will prepare patients for surgery, be involved in the anaesthetic process, and monitor patients during surgery and recovery.

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