First ODP Day celebrated at Southend Hospital
16 May 2018
Last Monday (14 May) marked the first National Operating Department Practitioners (ODP) Day.
Part of the team at Southend for over 50 years, ODPs were
originally known as Operating Technicians, then Operating
Assistants, before this title changed in the 90s to ODP. Throughout
this time they have been an integral part of providing quality
patient care along with the multidisciplinary theatre team.
Since the 1960s the ODP role has been greatly expanded and
developed; encompassing the whole of the patient's journey through
theatres from anaesthetics to perioperative care and post-operative
recovery. They also attend peri and cardiac arrests and transfer of
patients to outlying hospitals where anaesthetic skills are
Victoria Bailey, Band 7 Surgical Team Leader, is the longest
continuous serving ODP at Southend Hospital and has worked in
theatres for 29 years. She said: "I love my job and wouldn't swap
it for the world!"
David Heaver Theatre Manager has been an ODP for 23 years and
has worked in various hospitals throughout the UK including Great
Ormond Street Hospital and The Royal Cornwall. David said: "I enjoy
the management role but love my clinical involvement, which I feel
is important for engaging with staff and continuing to provide
quality patient care."
Looking to the future, theatres currently has seven student
ODPs, some of whom were Theatres Support Workers and Healthcare
Assistants and they have used this experience as a spring board to
starting their training.
Clinical Director and Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Blanca Boira
explained: "A good ODP gives the anaesthetist peace of mind, they
are a step ahead of the game, able to plan for most eventualities.
They are truly team players with a lot of specialised technical