Why I became an operating department practitioner

Friday 14th May 2021

Why I became an operating department practitioner

Today (14 May) is Operating Department Practitioners Day and a chance to recognise and celebrate Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) for the work they do to support our patients and their surgical colleagues.

Here at QVH we have over 60 ODPs and ODP team leaders. We spoke to Steven, one of our ODPs to find out how he made the move from structural engineering to working in our surgical theatres…

“I’ve always been interested in health and previously trained to become a fitness instructor. I started at QVH 9 years ago as a theatre healthcare assistant, but almost straightaway, I wanted to get more involved. QVH allowed me to complete a diploma, followed by a BSc degree, and this enabled me to become an ODP and I haven’t looked back since.

“The staff at QVH are amazing and I love the variety of my role. It’s exciting being involved in all the clinical environments and caring for our diverse and complex patients. I’ve since progressed to a more senior role, taking on the extra responsibilities of leading theatres, supporting the Maxillofacial speciality and more recently, joining the simulation faculty team to help staff develop their skills and knowledge for emergency situations.

“Becoming an ODP has definitely given me a stronger connection with my colleagues, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.”

Click here to find out more about the educational opportunities available to clinical colleagues here at QVH.