Decontamination sciences technician

Male technician checking equipment

A day as a decontamination sciences technician

You work in the sterile services department at your local NHS hospital. Working in a team, you are responsible for providing sterilised equipment to hospital theatres and departments.

You begin your day at 9am. Your first task is to carefully and methodically dismantle a sophisticated piece of medical equipment, and thoroughly clean and sterilise each piece. You must follow a set cleaning procedure to ensure you meet government standards for hygiene.

After sterilisation, you check each piece of equipment under a microscope to ensure all germs have been removed before putting everything together again. You enjoy being a vital part of the healthcare system, and like the opportunities for training and career advancement that come with this role.

You're currently working towards a qualification in decontamination, and hope one day to train as a manager.