Keep your operating theatres running smoothly

Staff shortages shouldn’t compromise the efficiency of your operating theatres and recovery units.

The Scottish Nursing Guild is your fast and reliable staffing solution for experienced theatre nurses and operating department practitioners when you need them most. Trusted for over 30 years, we have 150 specialist theatre staff across Scotland and 100 across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland who can be mobilised to your operating department within 4 hours’ notice.

As a last-minute provider to NHS, HSE, and private theatre departments, we understand that your requirements will vary. Therefore, we work on a no-contract basis, allowing you to utilise our service as and when you need it. Our specialised network of theatre staff is ready to support your specific needs:

  • Scrub nurses
  • Recovery nurses
  • Anaesthetic nurses
  • Circulating nurses
  • Operating department practitioners (ODPs)

Our nurses and ODPs have extensive experience in a variety of theatre settings including general, orthopaedic, cardiac, plastic surgery, obstetrics, and more.

Why choose the Scottish Nursing Guild?

  • Proven expertise: We have over 30 years of experience providing theatre professionals across Scotland and Ireland.
  • Fast response: Get the theatre support you need quickly – our average response time is just 4 hours.
  • No contract or commitment. Call us for a one-off staff emergency.
  • High fill rate: We successfully fill 80% of same-day shift requests.
  • 24/7 availability: We’re here whenever you need us, day or night.
  • Nationwide coverage: Our dedicated theatre nurses are strategically located across Scotland and Ireland, ready to be deployed.
  • Independently recognised for excellence: We earned a perfect score and the prestigious ‘Diamond Badge’ from Neuven Audit Solutions, exceeding industry standards for care and staffing services across Scotland and Ireland.
  • Care Inspectorate-approved: Our Care at Home Services were awarded the highest possible score of ‘Excellent’ by the Care Inspectorate in Scotland.
  • Rigorous recruitment and compliance: Only the top 15% of applicants meet our strict selection criteria.
  • 10-year work history: Giving you complete confidence in our staff’s skills and experience.

Contact us today

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Talk to a member of our team

Call us if you need to request a nurse, discuss your requirements, or wish to understand more about our wide range of services.

0131 229 9988

Northern Ireland
0333 323 0336

Republic of Ireland
01 9023080

Our teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.