Operating theatre staff celebrated with first national awareness day

An awareness day highlighting the contribution of operating department practitioners (ODPs) to patient care will take place on Monday (14 May), UNISON has announced.

The first National ODP’s Day will be marked across the country with activities including operating theatre tours, bake sales, and careers talks at schools.

The College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), which is affiliated to UNISON, has declared that the day will be an annual event to raise the profile of ODPs and their crucial NHS role.

ODPs work in operating theatres as well as in other areas within hospitals providing critical care. Their job includes ensuring equipment is working properly such as anaesthesia machines and catheters, and that surgeons have the correct instruments.

UNISON regional secretary, Clare Williams said: “These dedicated NHS staff work tirelessly behind the scenes at every stage of an operation.

“They ensure patients receive the best care, from the moment someone is anaesthetised to their discharge back to the ward.

“The aim of this annual event is to celebrate their work and raise the profile of the profession.”

CODP, Lucy Knightley said: “We are delighted to celebrate the key role of the ODP in providing safe, high quality patient care both within the operating theatre and the wider hospital environment.

“We hope that this day will enable ODPs to share the diverse nature of their role with the public so that there can be a greater understanding of this exciting profession.”