Members of the public are invited to come and see what it’s like to work in a hospital operating theatre during an open day at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH) on National Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Day.
On Tuesday 14 May, the simulation suite at NDDH will be open to the public from 9am-12.30pm and visitors are invited to drop in with no need to book.
There will be an anaesthetic room, theatre and recovery area set up in the simulation suite, and visitors will be shown a typical journey for a patient through these areas.
Visitors will get to see some of the day-to-day activities of an ODP and they can have a go at some basic tasks on the sim suite mannequins.
Andy Robinson, perioperative clinical educator at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “ODPs are a vital part of the theatres team, and through this day we are aiming to raise awareness of the entry routes into this exciting profession. Come along and see what it’s like to work in a hospital operating theatre, and speak to staff about their work and how they started their career.
“Whether you’re still at school, are wanting a career change or just want to see if this could be the job for you, come along and see if a career in theatres could be in your future.”
The Clinical Simulation Suite is in the Medical Education Centre (MEC), level 1, NDDH.
For more information about the open day or about careers in theatres, get in touch with Andy Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01271 322710.