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Prior to being an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) I worked in industry, but found what I was doing was unfulfilling and wanted a career change that involved working in healthcare. Like most people I had never heard of ODP but the link between patient care, working as part of a team, being an integral part of the whole surgical experience and the challenge of working in a critical care setting appealed to me. I worked for ten years as a practitioner developing my clinical skills and worked in a number of specialities including vascular, trauma/orthopaedics, general surgery and obstetrics. Every day was challenging as each patient and procedure demanded different skills but it was very rewarding and I enhanced my qualifications and skills to work in all areas of perioperative practice.

I have been an academic for 12 years and after working at Sheffield Hallam for 6 years where I was course leader and admissions tutor, and I have been at the University of Huddersfield for 6 years. I was the admissions tutor for 4 years, and for the last 2 years I have been course leader, in that time we have validated the ODP course to a degree which is very exciting and a great development for the profession. I have also developed a number of post qualification courses for ODPs and theatre nurses, including a distance learning top up degree and clinical skills modules.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • The use of problem based learning and simulation techniques to aid the development of clinical skills
  • The development of a distance learning pathway for ODP/Perioperative practice Degree and CPD pathway
  • Professional socialisation of ODPs
  • The role of clinical placements in the development of students

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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