Monday is ODP day
Monday (14 May) is the first National Operating Department Practitioners’ (ODP) Day #ODPDay
It will be a day to celebrate the ODP profession and for colleagues and the public to find out more about the ODP role.
Operating department practitioners have been working within the NHS for over 50 years under varying titles. Our ODPs will be celebrating by turning the atrium at Warrington Hospital into an operating theatre. So come along and find out more about their profession and work here at the hospitals. The team of 54 work across Warrington, Halton and the CMTC in all areas in the Perioperative environment; the roles predominately consist of Scrub, Anaesthetics and Recovery. Their responsibilities include the assessment; planning, implementation and evaluation of perioperative care programs. They currently assist in the 30,000 operations that take place at the Trust a year.
The surgical specialities undertaken include:
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Trauma and Orthopaedics
- Breast Surgery
- Ear Nose and Throat
- General surgery
- Pain management
- Maxo facial/Orthodontics
- Endoscopic procedures
- Emergency surgery
ODPs work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with surgeons, anaesthetists, Radiologists, Nurses, Support Carers, junior doctors and a range of student professions and can also work autonomously in some roles.
ODPs can also be part of the Cardiac Arrest team and manage the patient airway in emergency situations throughout the hospital. Part of the role can also involve transfer of the critically ill adults inter/intra hospital.
We work in partnership with Edgehill University and support the ODP programme for students who spend 60% of their study within the clinical setting and we pride ourselves of our first class education/training and the excellent feedback we receive from the University and students alike.
ODPs have only been regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council since 2004, and from 7 April 2017 ODPs were given professional recognition by being welcomed into the Allied Health Professionals family.