Level 3 – Senior Perioperative Support Worker

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The Senior Perioperative support worker is responsible for the delivery of perioperative care and is expected to develop more complex clinical skills than level 2 workers and complete training to safely take on duties delegated by registered staff. 

Example roles include perioperative assistant, theatre healthcare assistant and perioperative support worker.

Qualifications expected for practitioners at Level 3  

  • Normally at or working towards a SCQF Level 7 qualification in a health or social care related subject (Appendix 3 for SCQF levels)
  • Numeracy and literacy qualifications – normally at or working towards Maths Numeracy at SCQF Level 5 as well as Literacy/English/Communication qualifications are required at SCQF 6 
  • IT / computer literacy are required at this level of practice
  • Clinical skills training

SCQF Level 7 - examples include:



The Career Development Framework for the Perioperative Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions (NMaHP) Workforce aims to provide an infrastructure to support the career development, and the learning and development needs of perioperative workforce. This framework is underpinned by the Career Framework for Health.   


Support Worker Central 

Available on TURAS this site supports the development of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions support workers, working across all care settings in Scotland.   

Professional Portfolio  

Available to all Support Workers who wish to use as an individual educational Portfolio to record evidence of their learning. The Portfolio can be used to assist Support Workers to record evidence of learning from experience gained in the workplace and through life experience, support access to courses, gaining learning credits and think about career progression.


If you are interested in a career as a perioperative support worker visit NHS Careers  Scotland 

Learn more about becoming a healthcare support worker from NHS Education for Scotland's Healthcare Support Worker Careers Guidance leaflet.