Joseph - Operating Department Practitioner

Who's this?

Joseph is an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in Anaesthetics and Recovery at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL).

What’s the story of their career to date?

Joseph’s ambition was to become a teacher or a fire fighter; he left college and helped a friend who was a painter and decorator until he could secure a place in the fire service. Unfortunately, he did not join the fire service and continued painting and decorating for almost ten years. Nearing his 30th birthday he realised he needed a challenge; a friend suggested the ODP course. Joseph successfully applied and began training at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (Bolton) on scrub which he enjoyed. He rotated to anaesthetics (assisting the anaesthetist with the anaesthetic) and loved it. On completing his training he worked at Bolton on everything from maternity to trauma and emergencies. Three years ago he gained a position at WWL in Recovery where he cares for patients immediately after operations.

What do they do?

The role involves checking equipment such as the anaesthetic machine or resuscitation equipment, attending theatre team briefs with the surgeon, anaesthetist and nursing colleagues to discuss the day’s patients, completing patient information checks, preparing for anaesthesia and being responsible for airway management. These skills and checks are vital as they could potentially save a life. Joseph has recently been promoted to deputy team leader so has other responsibilities such as team management, co-ordinating in absence of team leaders and being responsible for training and education.

What is the best part about their role?

Joseph says the best part of his job is the patients you meet, some are real characters and he loves chatting with them. He also enjoys the technical side such as fixing broken machines and also assisting in emergency situations, such as difficult airway management. He is proud to be an ODP as he feels like he has made a difference.

Where are they going from here?

Joseph is learning and adapting to his new role, and is especially enjoying arranging training opportunities for his team. He would love to, one day, be involved in the education side of ODP’s, whether that be as a lecturer or as a Clinical Skills Facilitator.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Operating Department Practitioner section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.