As part of our commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day we are highlighting our dedicated military personnel, and the vital work they undertake in our Trust when they are not deployed.
Christine Hawkins is an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) at QA, and has been with the Trust for just over two years working within the theatres. Christine says her role offers a varied and challenging career, which is intellectually stimulating and professionally satisfying for her.
Christine, who has a 17-year-old daughter, joined the military in 2006 as a dental nurse in the Royal Army Dental Corps. Seven years into her dental career, Christine decided to transfer to the Royal Army Medical Corps as an ODP. Now 13 years on, Christine says: “I can say it is one of the best decisions to be part of the military service.”
In her vital role, Christine works together with other healthcare professionals in operating theatres and other critical care areas, such as Intensive Care and Accident & Emergency. ODPs play an important role in the physical and psychological care of patients.
Christine, originally from Belize, says: “Working in QA gives us the opportunity to develop on our clinical skills and exposure to different opportunities when available. I currently work alongside the research team as well as my ODP role.”
When it comes to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Christine says: “It is the largest operation by sea in history, and of course it had great significance to the War. The D-Day military invasion that helped to end World War II was one the most ambitious and consequential military campaigns in human history. To commemorate D-Day, our unit will host a D-Day dinner.”