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WWL has ODP pride

Newsdate: 11 May 2018

Monday 14 May will be the first National ODP Day, a day for Operating Department Practitioners to share more information on their profession and the vital work they do.

At Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust our ODPs are more than happy to show how proud they are of the profession and have been taking photos across our sites to prove just that.

The role of an ODP is integral to theatres, providing support alongside medical and nursing colleagues in a dynamic and exciting environment. ODPs are with patients throughout their theatre journey as they provide care during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of their treatment.

But despite the importance of their work little is known of the role itself even, with almost 14,000 ODPs registered throughout the country.

Being an ODP involves many clinical skills, such as the preparation of a wide range of specialist equipment and drugs. These include: anaesthetic machines, ventilators, vital signs monitoring equipment, intravenous equipment, and airway devices to ensure the safety of the patient during anaesthesia.

Throughout the surgical phase ODPs can undertake a variety of roles from the scrubbed role to the application of aseptic technique or wound management and infection control. They also work alongside surgeons to prepare and check the instruments and equipment required for the procedure which often includes microscopes, lasers and endoscopes which are used in key-hole surgery.

Following the procedure an ODP will deliver patient care in the recovery unit, monitoring vital signs and providing physical and psychological support.

Becoming an ODP involves a three year degree course consisting of academic time at university and practical placements within the hospital setting alongside practical assessments and academic assignments. The result of three years hard work is BSc (Hons) degree in Operating Department Practice.

At WWL we have been training and supporting ODP students for over 21 years in partnership with Edge Hill University and the University of Central Lancashire, with plans to work with the University of Bolton in the future.

We are committed to training future generations of ODPs, in particular those from within our local community. This commitment has seen us launching new perioperative apprenticeship programmes in conjunction with Wigan and Leigh College. The apprenticeships are a great way of developing our current workforce and growing our own ODP workforce of the future.

Discussing the role of an ODP Mark Burns, Education & Training Lead for Perioperative Care, said: “It is a career that I have thoroughly enjoyed over the last 24 years and has given me an immense sense of achievement, reward and the privilege of making a difference in patients’ lives over the years.”