Mark, Senior Operating Department Practitioner, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Mark is a senior operating department practitioner (ODP). He started studying to be an ODP in 1989, while still serving in the army.

ODPs care for patients before, during, and after their surgical procedure.

Where did your NHS journey start?

My NHS journey started in 1989, while I was still serving on the army. ODP was still quite a new profession at this time, so it was a more difficult journey than it would be today.

What makes you smile at work?

I smile when I hear positive feedback from patients, that always makes me feel good. I also enjoy working with an enthusiastic team.

What part of your job is most challenging?

It is challenging to make sure we keep working to a high standard. It can be a high-pressure job, but we all work as a team to make sure every patient receives a high standard of care.

What advice would you give to others thinking about applying to do a Pre-registration Diploma in Operating Department Practice with the NHS?

My advice would be to do your research. I have always found ODP to be a rewarding career, so do your research and find out it is the right thing for you.

What are your future career plans?

At this stage I am happy with the level I have reached. I enjoy the clinical aspect of my role and I think I would miss this if I progressed any higher.

Is there anything about the role that you think people would be surprised about?

I think anyone coming into the role will be surprised by the responsibility we have as ODPs. We are an important part of the theatre team and people might be surprise by this.

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