#ODPday 14th May
We celebrated the ODP profession to help colleagues and members of the public find out more about the ODP role.
Operating Department Practitioners have been working within the NHS and private health care for over 70 years under varying titles. The College of Operating Department Practitioners and UNISON are encouraging ODPs to speak to other healthcare colleagues and more importantly the public about their profession, to show how important ODPs are in participating and delivering excellent patient care.
David Linghorn-Baker has recently qualified as an ODP and joined Oaks Hospital. He is a multi-skilled practitioner, trained to work in anaesthetics, recovery and the surgical scrub role. Primarily working alongside the anaesthetist David is highly skilled in airway management and emergency scenarios as and when they arise. An ODP is the patients advocate, which means that at all times, safety comes first, the ODP is very much involved in ensuring this is adhered to. As an ODP working mainly on the anaesthetic side, David ensures the anaesthetic machines are thoroughly checked and ready to go at the start of the day’s list, making sure that all required equipment is ready and available. When working in recovery, David supports the patient at the end of their anaesthetic, which is a vulnerable time for the patient during their journey through the department and their treatment. The ODP is a very flexible role and practitioners can be active in all aspects of theatre practice, which is offered and encouraged here at the Oaks Hospital. Welcome to the team David!
We celebrated with cakes and selfies and shared our day on Facebook @OaksHospital. We still have some vacancies for clinical staff due to the expansion of the hospital with our new state of the art 5th theatre which is due for completion in October.