A Career as an Operating Department Practitioner Essay

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The ultimate goal for myself, and the initial reason for studying with the Distance Learning Centre, is to become an Operating Department Practitioner(ODP). The role will involve working within operating theatres inside hospitals to support patients throughout their time during certain operations, or ‘periopertive journey’ (Health Education England, 2014b). I came to the decision to focus on making this my chosen career in November 2012 through word of mouth and a significant amount of research. The profession carries an extensive list of positives and negatives, along with how well it fits my personality and previous experiences; despite never working within the health sector previously. When an ODP job in advertised the prospective …show more content…
The ultimate goal for myself, and the initial reason for studying with the Distance Learning Centre, is to become an Operating Department Practitioner(ODP). The role will involve working within operating theatres inside hospitals to support patients throughout their time during certain operations, or ‘periopertive journey’ (Health Education England, 2014b). I came to the decision to focus on making this my chosen career in November 2012 through word of mouth and a significant amount of research. The profession carries an extensive list of positives and negatives, along with how well it fits my personality and previous experiences; despite never working within the health sector previously. When an ODP job in advertised the prospective candidate must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council(HCPC) (Health Education England, 2014f); the regulatory body set up to maintain a register of health care professionals from certain roles within the NHS (Health Education England, 2014g). Before I am entitled to register with the HCPC I must meet a criteria designed to ensure I meet the necessary standards for the role I intend on practicing in (Health Education England, 2014g). The best way to satisfy these standards is by completing an approved programme that automatically entitles me to registration and put me one step further to becoming an ODP (Health Education England, 2014g). An approved programme for an ODP registration would either be a Diploma of Higher