I qualified as an ODP (Operating Department Practitioner) in 2004 following a 2 year diploma in higher education at Portsmouth University. I worked as a full time ODP across many acute and private trusts in anaesthetics and immediate post-operative recovery. Specialities including, major trauma, head and neck surgery and vascular.
In 2012 I completed my 2 year BSc (Hons) degree in Acute Clinical Care at Portsmouth University, which resulted in me being successfully appointed as practice educator for the main theatre department at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth. This role demanded a great deal of teaching to multiple nursing staff, including student ODP’s at Portsmouth University, junior nurses, HCA’s and junior doctors.
I applied for the ALERT educator role in June 2016 and following the interview was successfully appointed. I feel very strongly that all healthcare professionals have a duty of care to recognise and respond to deterioration in patients, and knowing and acting on the basics can help significantly. My role is centred on the growing band 1-4 workforce who can potentially have a huge impact on the amount of unnecessary episodes of further deterioration when taught the basics of clinical assessment following attendance of our BEACH course.