Portrait of  Steven Brown Steven Brown

s.brown6@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473284


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.

  • Perioperative practitioner at Dewsbury District Hospital Hospital(now Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust) in both scrubbed and anaesthetic practice across a number of specialties.
  • Senior Lecturer/course leader/admissions tutor for Dip HE ODP Sheffield Hallam University.
  • 2007 to present University of Huddersfield, course leader for Operating Department Practice, developed distance learning top up degree for theatre practitioners, and part of the admissions team.

Current interests

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.

Professional bodies

  • College of Operating Department Practice
  • Registered ODP with Health and Care Professions Council

Research and Scholarship

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.

  • The use of Problem based learning and simulation techniques to aid the development of clinical skills.
  • The development of a distance learning pathway for ODP/Perioperative practice Degree and CPD pathway.
  • Professional socialisation of ODPs.
  • The role of clinical placements in the development of students.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


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 placementsJournal 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

Research Degree Supervision

  • Operating theatre practice
    • Anaesthesia
    • Surgery
    • PACU
  • Enhancing practice
  • Health Education
  • Evidence based practice
  • Problem based learning

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Course Leader Operating Department Practice Undergraduate
  • Part of the admissions team for ODP Division
  • Placement coordinator
  • Link Tutor for clinical placements
    • Airedale General Hospital
    • Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
    • Calderdale Royal Infirmary
    • Bradford Royal Infirmary
  • School lead for Authentic world/safe medicate

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader for:

Diploma HE ODP course

  • HIO1023 Enhancing Perioperative Practice
  • HIO1025 Intermediate Perioperative Practice 2

BSc(Hons) ODP course

  • HFO2002 Introduction to Perioperative Practice and Patient Care
  • HIO2001 Operating Department Practice intermediate level module 2
  • HHO2000 Development of Advanced Perioperative Practice for Operating Department Practice

BSc (Hons) Perioperative Studies (Top up) distance learning

  • HHO1017 Advancing Perioperative Practice

Certificate in Professional Studies

  • HHO 2003 Principles of Anaesthetic Practice
  • HHO 2004 Specialist Care - Anaesthetic Practice

Contributions to:

  • HIG1000 Research 2 Module
  • Supervisor for BSc Top-up degree and MSc students