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Job opportunities showcased at hospital operating theatres open day

2 November 2017

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is on the lookout for both trained and aspiring Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) to work in theatres at the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals.

ODP open day Laura Maycroft Alexandra Hospital

The open day, on Saturday 11 November, will enable current ODPs looking to relocate the chance to meet the team and take a tour of the theatre suite. Additionally, for those who already work in healthcare and are looking for a new challenge, or for those considering a new career as an ODP, there will be a chance to find out about the training and support available in partnership with Coventry University.

Mathew Trotman, Theatres Manager/Matron at the Trust, said: “Operating Department Practitioners are an important part of the operating department team working with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure every operative procedure is as safe and effective as possible for the patient and staff. It’s an extremely rewarding career. The great thing about working at the Trust is that there are rotation opportunities across our sites meaning substantive team members and trainees get to experience both emergency and elective surgery, as well as specialist environments including major vascular, urology, maxillio facial, orthopaedics and obstetrics. I’d encourage anyone with an interest to come along and find out more.”

Laura Maycroft is a newly qualified ODP at the Alexandra Hospital. She said: “I’ve received a really warm welcome at the Trust and it is a really supportive environment. I’m already gaining lots of experience and gaining more and more confidence in my role.”

Alistair McMinn is a newly qualified ODP at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. He said: “When university didn’t work out for me first time, I got a job at Worcestershire Royal as a Theatre Support Worker, before deciding to take the next step and become an ODP.  After round two of university, this time in Coventry, I already knew where I wanted to work when I qualified. I work alongside some of the most hard-working staff you could ever meet, who go the extra mile for patients.”

Paul Freeth is an ODP and Anaesthetic and the Recovery Lead at Kidderminster Hospital. He said: “I’ve worked for the Trust for over 20 years, and have been given lots of great opportunities and challenges to train as an ODP, further my own career and improve my ability to care for patients. Kidderminster is a great place to work, with a great team who look out for each other and go the extra mile to ensure our patients have the best care possible.”

The Trust has recently formed a partnership with Coventry University, offering student placements across its hospitals as part of the two-year trainee ODP course. Representatives from Coventry University, as well some of the 15 students currently on placement at the Trust, will also be available at the open day to discuss the training and support available in more detail.

To meet the team, tour the department and take the first step towards a rewarding career, drop in to the ODP Open Day from 10.30am to 2pm at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch on Saturday, November 11. Free parking and refreshments will be available.