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Biography

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

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Review article
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  • Developing ODP student placements

    Brown, S., 1 Feb 2014, In : Journal of Operating Department Practitioners. 2, 2, p. 42-46 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Diathermy smoke: a risk to perioperative practitioners

    Dunn, L. & Brown, S., Dec 2014, In : Journal of Operating Department Practitioners. 2, 7, p. 320-322 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Diathermy smoke: hazardous to health?

    Brown, S. & Dunn, L., 18 Nov 2013, In : Journal of Operating Department Practitioners. 1, 2, p. 60-64 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access