Operating Department Practitioner Day

Today is national Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Day and here at UHCW we just want to say a big thank you to them for the work they do.

Operating Department Practitioners are relatively new to the NHS and were only formally identified as a profession in 1971 – and have also been known as Operating Theatre Technican and Operating Department Assistant.

Although ODPs are one of the lesser known professions within the NHS, they are as important as any and work as part of the theatre team across three areas – anaesthetics, surgery and recovery. Their duties include helping prepare patients for their operation, working as part of the surgical team and supporting and monitoring patients during their recovery.

Lee has been an ODP for four years.

He was a hospital porter before he decided to follow his dream.

It was a role he had wanted to do since the day he escorted a patient to the operating theatres and got his first glimpse of what job ODPs do.

With determination to succeed and the support of his wife who is a nurse in our Neonatal Unit he joined the course at Coventry University.

And he is so glad that he did.

Lee said: “It’s the best job. I work side by side with the anaesthetist, helping to prepare patients before surgery and to monitor during their operation. It is busy and because we are a major trauma centre it is really rewarding being part of a team who care for the most seriously injured patients.”

If you want to find out more about working in our theatre team, we are holding an open day on Saturday 30 June, if you are interested in attending please email carolyn.bradshaw@uhcw.nhs.uk