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Chris, Operating Department Practitioner (ODP)

What is your current role and what does it involve?

I am an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), Deputy Team Leader based at Leicester General Hospital. I work within main theatres and specialise in Urology, Renal & Emergency, within theatres, I work alongside Surgeons, Anaesthetists, and Nurses as part as a multidisciplinary team. Acting as a patients advocate and providing quality care for patients on their surgical journey.  

Why did you choose to do the job you do now?

Job satisfaction, the positive influence you have upon a patients experience when they are at their most vulnerable, feeling apprehensive and scared of the unknown. Whether it’s being the reassurance, or the friendly face which helps ease them though their difficult time. Supporting and encouraging others, working as part of a multidisciplinary team which is patient focused and works towards common goals.   

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The variety of the role and that no one day is the same.

What training have you had and how has your career progressed?

I trained at the University of Leicester based partly at the Leicester Hospitals. Since qualifying I have completed my Mentorship allowing me to better support students and newly qualified staff. I have developed into a senior ODP taking charge of 24 hour Emergency theatre. I have also undertaken secondments within the Clinical Education Team and a secondment for my now permanent role. I have been encouraged, supported and given the opportunity to progress into clinical management.

What motivates you most about working at Leicester Hospitals?

Being part of a bigger team, a team which is always looking to better themselves. Giving opportunities and support, recognising each other’s efforts and listening to its staff on ways to make the care we provide even better.  

What are the best things about Leicestershire and the surrounding area?

There are too many to mention, the cultural diversity, its location, how you could be in the city centre and 10 minutes later be in Bradgate Park watching a herd of deer gracefully running around a country park. The sporting heritage of the City, Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tigers (Rugby), Leicester Blue Sox (Baseball) and the Leicester Riders (Basketball) to name just a few.

For people thinking about joining Leicester Hospitals what would you say to them?

It’s the people who make the Leicester Hospitals the place it is and the reason I enjoy my job so much. I would recommend coming to work at the Leicester Hospitals for that reason alone.

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