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Prior to being an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) I worked in industry, but found what I was doing was unfulfilling and wanted a career change that involved working in healthcare. Like most people I had never heard of ODP but the link between patient care, working as part of a team, being an integral part of the whole surgical experience and the challenge of working in a critical care setting appealed to me. I worked for ten years as a practitioner developing my clinical skills and worked in a number of specialities including vascular, trauma/orthopaedics, general surgery and obstetrics. Every day was challenging as each patient and procedure demanded different skills but it was very rewarding and I enhanced my qualifications and skills to work in all areas of perioperative practice.
I have been an academic for 12 years and after working at Sheffield Hallam for 6 years where I was course leader and admissions tutor, and I have been at the University of Huddersfield for 6 years. I was the admissions tutor for 4 years, and for the last 2 years I have been course leader, in that time we have validated the ODP course to a degree which is very exciting and a great development for the profession. I have also developed a number of post qualification courses for ODPs and theatre nurses, including a distance learning top up degree and clinical skills modules.
I could never imagined when I was working in a factory I would have achieved all this, but being an ODP has given me the career I wanted and would recommend it to anyone interested in working in a health care setting.
Course leader of ODP and the development of ODP into a degree profession, we validated a BSc (Hons) ODP last year and are currently replacing the Diploma course. Previously validated and was course leader for Perioperative Studies (Top up) distance learning Degree, and as a result interested in the use of technology in education and the development of post registration course and skills for ODPs and nurses.
My research areas of interest are regarding student experience, placement development and professional socialisation; I developed a new placement system at the University to widen student’s clinical experiences instead of developing these in one hospital, which I am currently examining for publication.
Dunn, L. and Brown, S. (2014) ‘Diathermy smoke: a risk to perioperative practitioners?’ Journal of Operating Department Practitioners , 2 (7), pp. 320-322. ISSN 1746-7357
Brown, S (2014) ‘Developing ODP student placements’ Journal of Operating Department Practitioners , 2 (2), pp. 90-95. ISSN 1746-7357
Brown, S. and Dunn, L. (2013) ‘Diathermy smoke: hazardous to health?’ Journal of Operating Department Practitioners , 1 (2), pp. 60-64. ISSN 1746-7357
Diploma HE ODP course
BSc(Hons) ODP course
BSc (Hons) Perioperative Studies (Top up) distance learning
Certificate in Professional Studies