Media Release

Inspiring the next generation of operating department practitioners

We’re shining a light on our operating theatres to try and inspire the next generation of practitioners.

National Operating Department Practitioners’ (ODP) Day is on Monday, May 14, and Team QEH is inviting college and sixth form students into the hospital to learn more about the careers available.

Visitors will have the opportunity to quiz staff members on what it’s like to work in and around operating theatres. There will be a number of workstations demonstrating different aspects of the role of the ODP, with equipment such as airway stations, surgical instruments and an anaesthetic machine. There will also be a mock-up abdomen and fake bones.

Theatre co-ordinator and Anaesthetic Team Leader Mark Girdlestone is one of a handful of ODPs with more than 30 years’ experience at QEH.

He said: “We are looking forward to welcoming any students who are interested in a future career in our profession. For those that express a strong interest on the day it may be possible to arrange some work experience.

“The training and support that we offer here for students is exceptional and, when they qualify, our ODP students are sought after throughout the East Anglia region.

“Over the past five or six years there have been jobs for every batch of students who have qualified with us.”

Theory training is carried out at University of East Anglia in Norwich with the practical placements at QEH.

The open day will be held in the hospital’s Simulation Suite. The Trust will be making contact with local schools and colleges about the event which will be held in three two-hour sessions between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

To find out more about the day or express an interest in attending email


Photo caption: Theatre practitioner Ed Knight

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