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Steris Healthcare Science Apprentice in United States

Healthcare Science Apprentice

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Date: 30-Aug-2021

Location: Sheffield, SHF, GB, S9 4WU

Company: Steris Corporation

At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

At STERIS Instrument Management Services (IMS) we are the trusted experts in surgical instrument sterilisation, offering both on and off-site reprocessing alongside reliable instrument maintenance solutions, ensuring our Customers’ reusable inventory can and is used reliably time and time again. Our teams are vital to the success of the business, through their knowledge, expertise and dedication we have created a supportive, nurturing culture which rewards hard work and dedication and ensures that we consistently provide the best quality services and products to our customers.

This role will involve working in a fast-paced environment, where quality and precision is vital. No experience is required, full training and support are provided in a programme to help staff to reach their full potential, learning a wide range of hospital instruments and working in different functional areas of the sterilisation process.

The apprentice’s responsibilities include learning and developing practical skills, participating in classes and workshops on and offsite, observing all health & safety policies/protocols/processes etc, completing tests and assignments, as well as delivering presentations to staff and other stakeholders. You will be well-organised, flexible, and willing to assist wherever possible.

To be successful as an apprentice you must have great time management skills and be willing to fit into the existing staff structure. Outstanding apprentices are those who build good relationships with colleagues and ultimately make a lasting impression.


  • To ensure the effective preparation of sterile consumables (dressings, linen, instruments and equipment) by the process of decontamination, inspection assembly and packing within predefined quality standards.

  • To rigorously check, wash, lay-up and pack sets of theatre instruments to meet contract specifications within predefined quality standards.

  • To safely operate and monitor machines and equipment (washer/disinfectors, ultrasonic and sterilisers) effectively.

  • To ensure that repairs and missing instruments or equipment are recorded and logged on the Tracking and Traceability computer system (SynergyTrak).

  • To ensure that repaired instruments or equipment are returned to stock or the appropriate coded sets or the Trust’s appointed person.

  • The post requires manual dexterity and the ability to use complex equipment, for example, this role involves disassembly, inspection, decontamination, packaging and sterilisation of surgical instrumentation to predetermined standards. The decontamination and sterilisation processes are carried out using complex processing units

  • Undertake a development programme leading to a Level 2 in Healthcare Science qualification as part of an apprenticeship.

  • Work towards maths and English functional skills as required

  • Attending workshops and participating in external and in-house training appropriate to your role.

  • Assisting within the relevant department but also learning about other aspects of the Company.

  • Observing Health & Safety procedures.

  • Completing all tests, presentations, and other required evaluations.

  • Working in the relevant area and visiting other sites when required.

  • Positively receiving feedback.

  • Attending meetings and offering suggestions for improvements.

  • Keeping a log of 20% off the job learning and development activities.

  • Building professional relationships with colleagues and customers


This role is a fixed salary role, the successful candidate will be offered £11,000 PA

Required Experience

  • Educated to a good general standard with demonstrable verbal and numerical abilities.

  • Basic end user IT skills to operate track and traceability IT system.

Preferred Experience

  • TVQ or NVQ Level 2 in Decontamination or equivalent experience.

  • Previous experience in Sterile Services and/or health related products.


  • GCSE’S/A Levels

  • Good physical strength and hand-eye coordination may be required

  • Good time management.

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Problem-solving & troubleshooting abilities.

  • A positive attitude towards teamwork and able to work as part of a team

  • Excellent timekeeping skills

  • Commitment to completing the apprenticeship and obtaining a qualification

  • A Passion for learning.

  • Flexibility

  • Teamwork

  • Integrity

  • Working under pressure

  • Accountability

  • Attention to detail

For more information about us, please visit our STERIS IMS website:

STERIS plc is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with more than 12,000 employees worldwide.

STERIS strives to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.