Celebrating National ODP Day at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Monday 14th May is National ODP day and to mark this, we are highlighting some of our fantastic Operating Department Practitioners that work at Royal Cornwall Hospital and hear from them about how and why they took on this role.

Sarah Bradbeer – , ODP, Deputy Theatre Manager

I’ve been an ODP since 1993. Although I started my career in the holiday industry in Cornwall. Jaded and fed-up I saw an advert in the newspaper and stumbled upon this new career. I did my ODP training at Cardiff.

The thing I like about being an ODP is that it fits around my lifestyle, I could take a break which I did to have my kids.

It gives freedom to move around, there is fantastic variety in the role and it is a very stimulating career. Also you can move into other jobs, for example management. ODPs are important because they are able to do all aspects of theatre work. I would like other people to know I love my job, it is so varied and we are registered practitioners, just like nurses.

Amy Evans ODP

I’ve been qualified for 6 years.

I did an access to nursing course at Saltash College and heard about the ODP role through this and just knew it was for me!
The best thing about being an ODP is working in a great team of like-minded colleges, and taking care of patients.

ODPs are important because they provide invaluable support to anaesthetists in caring for patients.

I want people to know that the ODP role is a professionally registered role.

Steven Lucock ODP and Team Lead

I’ve been an ODP for 12 years now. I started working as a porter in theatres and then applied for the ODP course through Plymouth University.

The best thing about being an ODP is the diversity of the work and getting to work with a multidisciplinary team. I think ODPs are important because we are fully trained to work in all aspects of the operating theatre.

I’d like people to know that ODPs are registered professionals and to know we exist.

Quili Nicholls ODP – Advanced Skills.

Undertakes the extended role of the ODP, she acts as First Assistant to the Surgeon and Admits and Discharges Patients too. (Gynae Practitioner)

I’ve been an ODP for 9 years and was introduced to the ODP role by a friend. I met my husband through being an ODP, so I would have to say that has been the best part of being an ODP!

ODPs are important as they are part of the team in theatre. I think we ODPs are brilliant!

Julie Norton – ODP Team Lead

I discovered the ODP course when looking into healthcare courses on the internet and through my local adult education.

I enjoy the diversity that an ODP has, no day is ever the same.

ODPs are an important member of the multidisciplinary team within the operating theatres. Theatres would not function effectively without the multi-skills and knowledge that is required.

We are the patients advocate and always have the patients best interest as our main priority.

Kelly O’Toole – , ODP, Deputy Manager

I qualified as an ODP in 2005. I’ve been a deputy manager since 2015.

Before my ODP career I worked in toxicology labs. My sister-in-law worked in theatres and I started in theatres as a porter. I found out about ODPs then and soon after did my ODP training.

The best thing about being an ODP is the diverse nature of the profession. It can be technical. Clinical, people orientated and you can move between anaesthetics, scrub and recovery. I personally love the technical side but have the balance of looking after the human side.

ODPs are important as they have a well rounded view of theatre practice and have the diversity and transferable skills to move around or specialise in specific areas.

Its an all round great profession to be part of and you meet all types of people and work with great multi-disciplinary team members.

Nicola Penny ODP and Mentor

I’ve been an ODP for 12 years, previously working as a Veterinary nurse. I like theatre work and made the move to ODP training.

The best things about being an ODP is the variety of the job, the interesting surgery and airways and the autonomous working and trust.

I think ODPs are important as they are skilled members of the theatre team with unique knowledge and skills.

I would like people to know ODPs are highly trained registered professionals who can work in theatres and beyond!

Sarah Reed ODP specialises in Anaesthetics

I am a Registered Operating Department Practitioner with 4 years post qualifying experience in Anaesthetics and the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit. I have also worked for 6 months in an Intensive Care Unit supporting patients who are critically ill and requiring ventilation. I am currently registered with the HCPC and have completed the HEAC 332 Care of the critically ill patient adult in non- critical acute areas and MCH521 and MCH522 modules in Advanced Practice.

My ambition is to finish my Masters.

I am also part of a pilot programme within the Vascular Theatre Department, whereby Anaesthetic ODPs are undergoing further training to create an extended role, which is a first for this hospital. This role entails the following:
Training in arterial cannulation.
Training in the use of ultrasound.
Near patient testing.
Teaching and training.
Development of vascular anaesthesia provision Scope for research and pre assessment.

And more recently I have been nominated to be part of the Clinical School Leadership Panel as an Allied Health Care Professional. The aim of this role, is to engage individuals and promote the school by highlighting all the opportunities available to develop a non-medical research workforce.

Luanne Wordley – ODP specialises in Anaesthetics

“I’ve been an ODP for 17 years, before that I was working in the X-ray department and heard about the ODP training course from a colleague.

I like theatre work because there is such a variety in surgical specialties no two days are ever the same. It is very interesting and highly practical work. With three areas for ODP’s to specialise in it can be a diverse and rewarding career.

ODP’s are important because the Doctors in Anaesthetic’s, Surgery and the Recovery room rely heavily on our experience and skills. We are a very important part of the team.

I think people should know being an ODP is a fun and exciting job that’s ever growing and expanding in its sphere of activities”

Rick Swann – Agency ODP

I’ve been an ODP for 22 years. I found out about ODPs from a cardiac scrub nurse who mentioned it to me after I had been travelling in Australia. I found out about ODPs and did the training at The Royal Free.

The best thing about being an ODP is learning and increasing my knowledge in operating department practice.

Also it gives you a good standing to travel with it, you can take these skills and work anywhere.

I think ODPs are important because they get a good all round training in theatres. It also give you really good airway skills and management.

No one outside of theatres really know about us. It would be good for more people to know about us.

Added on May 9, 2018, in News - General News