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Churchill Theatres Education Department

Churchill Theatres Education Department promotes and delivers education and training for theatre staff.

Welcome to Churchill Theatres Education Department

We offer a range of opportunities for Theatre Support Workers (TSW) (Band 2) and Operation Department Practitioners (ODP) and Theatre Nurses (Band 5).

There are 10 specialist theatres at the Churchill Hospital, and the Education Department provides both internal and external training, and specialist training by leading consultants.

We support our staff with Revalidation, and help them develop in an area of special interest.

We are committed to providing an environment that encourages learning, support, respect and team work, so that all our practitioners can deliver an excellent standard of patient care.


  • New Starter Induction Day for all new staff to meet others who have recently joined theatres in the Trust, and an introduction to the basics of working in the perioperative environment.
  • Theatre Support Worker Foundation Course, aligned to the Care Certificate, providing a good standard of knowledge and skills.
  • Peri-operative Foundation Course to provide the basic training for registered practitioners that underpins perioperative care. Specific Anaesthetic and Recovery or Scrub streams, depending on the role of the trainee.
  • Two Practice Educators based in the Department, to provide additional knowledge and clinical support.
  • Four Clinical Facilitators
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with specific competencies to enable staff to fulfil the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Anaesthetic and perioperative care courses at Bucks New University

Specialist training

Senior staff development

  • Surgery and Oncology Leadership Course
  • Appraisal Training

Contact us

Operating Theatres, Cancer Centre
Churchill Hospital
Old Road
Oxford OX3 7LE

Tel: 01865 235125



Last reviewed:24 August 2023