Five newly qualified Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) have joined the theatres team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Jessica Tetlow, Henna Suleman, Mohammed Shakoor, Claire Hepworth and Jonathan Ward are all based at Pinderfields and are currently spending their time rotating around the various roles within their profession, to gain skills and confidence.
24 year old Claire Hepworth from Darfield is the oldest of the five and has embarked on the career after five years as a dental nurse. “My sister told me about the role of an ODP, I’d never heard of it before,” she said, “I thought it sounded interesting so I applied to do my diploma at the University of Leicester. My application was successful and after two years of training I got the job here.
“I love what I do. Every day is different, you never know what to expect and I’ve particularly enjoyed my time on anaesthetics. At the moment I want to build on my experience but in time I would like to do the ODP degree and a mentorship course.”
ODPs are key to the smooth running of each theatre. They work closely with the scrub nurse to ensure that everything the surgeons and anaesthetists need each day is ready and available. ODPs will then assist in theatre and make sure the patient has everything they may need post operatively.
Jonathan, 21, joined the Trust after completing his ODP degree at UCLAN with his interest in healthcare leading him down his chosen career path. Mohammed and Jess both had previous experience working for the NHS as healthcare assistants (HCAs) and enjoy the practical hands on nature of the role, which enables them to have lots of patient interaction.
“I originally joined the Trust as an apprentice HCA,” said Jess, “and the one place I didn’t want to work was theatres, but that’s where I ended up! I’m so glad now that I did as I love it. It’s great that the Trust supports career progression and I have been able to do my diploma and qualify as an ODP. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a varied and hands on role in healthcare. No two days are ever the same.”
The Trust is holding an open day on Monday 31 October from 1pm – 4:30pm at Pinderfields Hospital for anyone who may be thinking about a career as an ODP. For more information call 01924 541873 / 07920 138327.
Photo:Four of the new ODPs at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, (l-r): Mohammed Shakoor, Claire Hepworth, Jonathan Ward and Jessica Tetlow.