Jamie - Operating Department Practitioner

Who's this?

Jamie is an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Jamie had no idea what she wanted to do when she left school. At college she completed a National Diploma in Media Production and had placements in the media industry but decided it was not for her. While looking for a full time job she found an advert online for a Sterile Services Technician, no previous experience or qualifications were required, this was Jamie’s stepping stone into the NHS. Jamie spent three years in this role and wanted to progress further, she spent a day in theatres which she found fascinating so applied for a job in theatres as a healthcare assistant. A colleague suggested Jamie apply for ODP training as they work either in anaesthetics assisting the anaesthetist, in scrub assisting the surgeon, or in recovery, recovering the patient after their procedure. She applied to her local university, was accepted and completed the three year degree course. Jamie has been in her current role for three years working in the area of scrub and has recently been offered a job as a Surgical First Assistant (SFA).

What do they do?

Jamie may work in two roles; as an SFA or as a Scrub and Circulating Practitioner. Her day begins with checks to ensure the theatre is safe to accept patients. She ensures it is clean, all equipment safety checks are carried out and the relevant instruments and implants are available. As a SFA she scrubs up and directly assists the surgeon during operations. As a Scrub Practitioner, she works alongside another Scrub Practitioner; it is the scrub practitioner’s job to ensure sterility throughout the procedure.

What is the best part about their role?

Jamie says the best part of the job is that you never get the chance to get bored, and there is always a great sense of achievement when as a team you manage to come up with a solution to a potentially difficult case.

Where are they going from here?

Jamie would like to carry out her new SFA role for a while and look after more students as she has recently completed a mentorship qualification. Jamie is keen to promote the role of ODP as she found out about the role by chance and feels if more people knew about it they would choose it as a career.

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.