Experience life in the operating theatre at Bucks New University


Date: 2nd May 2018

Ever wondered what how anaesthetic works or what actually happens during an operation?

The Operating Department Practitioners (ODP) at Bucks New University are throwing their simulation suite doors open for National ODP Day on Monday 14 May so visitors can find out everything they ever wanted to know about the world of operating theatres.

Shane Roadnight (pictured below), a Principal Lecturer who has more than 20 years’ experience as an ODP, said: “Every day, in every operating theatre there are thousands of Operating Department Practitioners that are delivering high quality care to patients.

“But very few people understand the role or are even aware that it exists, yet all trust that they will receive the care that they deserve. By raising awareness with a national day, the patients will recognise that there are group of highly trained professionals who have undertaken specialist training to care for patients when they are at their most vulnerable.”Shane Roadnight, Senior Lecturer

The National ODP Day, run by The College of Operating Department Practitioners and UNISON, encourages practitioners to leave the theatre and speak to people about the profession.

The open event, at the High Wycombe Campus, will include drop-in sessions such as: What is Operating Department Practice?, Preparing for surgery,  Recovery from an operation among others.

Shane added: “People can find out about the role and how we look after patients or about the training and how it is structured.  We will be also run sessions on how an anaesthetic actually works, or how to scrub up for surgery, and what happens at the operating table.  All sessions will incorporate a theory and practical aspect so visitors get some hands on experience.”

Like nursing, there is a shortage of ODPs within the NHS and the national day hopes to make people consider the career.

ODP is unique,” said Shane. “It can be the difference between a good and bad experience for the patient.  Surgery is a scary time for everyone and we understand that.  Training to work specifically within this area ensures that every ODP is prepared for any eventuality.”

If you would like to attend the open day, which runs between 2-4pm, please go to the main reception and you will be collected by a member of the team.


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