Health Careers LIVE with Operating Department Practitioners (OPD) – Thursday 27th June @ 11:00am

Health Careers LIVE are live streamed events that broadcast to thousands across the UK wanting to find out more about the different job roles within the NHS.

This live broadcast will feature Steve Rochester, a Senior Resuscitation Officer and Danni James, an ODP and Theatres Practice Educator.

The live chat is open next to the video player so feel free to leave a question or comment and we’ll get it forwarded to the team from the Operating Department Practitioners.

Broadcast length 15 minutes

About Operating Department Practitioners

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are highly skilled healthcare practitioners that support patients of all ages during each phase of the patient’s perioperative care.

Operating Department Practitioners provide support in the following areas:

  • Anaesthetic – provide patient-centred care and prepare specialist equipment and drugs.
  • Surgical – prepare all the necessary equipment and instruments for operations and providing these to the surgical team during the operation.
  • Recovery – supporting the patient throughout their time in the recovery ward, assessing vitals and fitness for return to the ward.

As well as providing this specialised care, ODPs are responsible for preparing the operating theatre and maintaining communication between the surgical team, operating theatre and wider hospital. ODPs typically work in operating departments however their skills are increasingly being needed in other critical care areas within a hospital. ODPs must continually make professional decisions to ensure the patient receives the best care before, during and after their surgery. ODPs also ensure that the operating theatre environment is safe and effective and therefore have expertise in the management of specialist equipment & materials in a highly technical environment, for example handling surgical instruments, checking anaesthetic equipment, moving patients and supplying medication. ODPs must demonstrate confidence, compassion, competence & effective judgement; being responsible for their decisions. They must use evidence-based practice to inform & evaluate the effectiveness of the actions they take with the aim of continually improving outcomes for patients. They are responsible for ensuing their own professional knowledge and skills through continuous professional development (CPD)& support the development of others.

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Danni James

ODP and Theatres Practice Educator

I started as a health care assistant in care-homes at 18 and changed to the hospital wards at 20. I knew someone who was an ODP in London and the role sounded fascinating. I saw a training post being advertised and jumped at the chance, I’ve now been qualified for 11 years and my role has progressed to Practice Educator for Anaesthetics across site. Every day is different, and I work with some great teams. I love enabling change with my colleagues to improve patient safety.

Steve Rochester

Senior Resuscitation Officer

I trained in 1984-1986 at EDGH to achieve the then qualification (City & Guilds 752) to work in Operating theatres. I stayed at EDGH until 1987 and moved to Addenbrookes in Cambridge, where I worked for a short time before moving to the private sector in 1988. It was during this time, my interest in resuscitation began. In 1994 I started as a deputy RO at the conquest hospital, Hastings before becoming the RO at EDGH in February 1995, where I continue to work. My role is very varied, in the same way that in theatres you scrub, run, do anaesthetics and recovery in a variety of specialties the same is true as an RO. We both teach staff and treat critical patients – adults, paediatrics, obstetrics, neonates, cardiac arrest and trauma patients.

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