A national awareness day highlighting the incredible contribution operating department practitioners (ODPs) make to the theatre team and to patient care was celebrated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) last week.
ODPs are key members of the theatre team and provide critical and complex care in the theatre department to deliver personalised patient care. The duties of the ODP involve working closely with surgeons, anaesthetists and other professionals to ensure that patients receive the highest standard of care throughout their surgery and recovery journey. ODPs undertake many clinical responsibilities including the preparation of anaesthetics, specialist drugs and equipment, assisting surgeons during the operations and then supporting, monitoring and caring for the patient during the recovery phase.
Warren Fisher, anaesthetist and group director of planned care overseeing a range of planned services across the Trust, said: “ODPs are of vital importance to anaesthetists and help contribute to the success of surgical procedures. Safety of the patient is their over-riding focus and they are key to the efficient running of the theatre lists.”
Working across three sites, the Royal Berkshire ODPs work in theatres at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, West Berkshire Community Hospital and Prince Charles Eye Unit. As well as elective surgery, the ODPs also cover the 24 hour emergency and trauma service seven days a week.
Philip Charleswoth, consultant urological surgeon said: “Our ODPs are an invaluable part of the theatre team, and play a vital role in patient safety. They are a real asset.”
As part of the national awareness day celebrations, Steve McManus, chief executive went back to the floor with the ODPs to work with the team in theatre. In the evening they celebrated with an awards dinner to celebrate the hard work and dedication the ODP team show throughout the year.
Steve McManus said: “It was great to spend time with the ODP team where I gained a truly fascinating insight into the incredible work ODPs do to ensure the theatres run smoothly and where the safety of patients is the top priority. They are an amazing team, and their care and support to one another and their patients is outstanding.”