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Operating Department Practitioners 6 October 2004

Noble's Hospital is pleased to acknowledge that Operating Department Practitioners (ODP's) will be the thirteenth profession to join the Health Professions Council (HPC). They are also the first new profession to join the HPC register under the HPC's new rules.

As with other regulatory bodies, the role of the HPC is to:

  • set standards of proficiency, conduct, performance and ethics
  • set standards of education and training
  • maintain a register of those who meet the standards and are fit to practice
  • have a mechanism for investigating complaints; and deal with registrants who cease to meet the standards by taking any necessary action

The Association of Operating Department Practitioners, AODP, remains as the professional body for ODPs and will continue its work of promoting and representing the profession and its members. It will continue to work closely with the HPC, providing profession-specific information.

Neal Mellon, Clinical General Manager for Critical Care, Matthew Biggart, Clinical Lead and Lynn Reid, Theatre Manager, would like to offer their team of thirteen ODPs their best wishes on the news of this success which represents the culmination of many years' work by the AODP and the profession.

The team of ODPs, nurses and ancillary staff are integral to the success of theatre services. ODP's participate in the anaesthetic, recovery and 'scrub' (assisting the Surgeon) teams and also get involved in many projects within the department. The team is also looking forward to the recommencement of the ODP training programme in September next year. This programme, supported by Edge Hill College, will facilitate the three year training of ODP trainees, on and off Island, resulting in the qualification of Diploma of Operating Department Practitioners.

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