The Role Of The Operating Department Practitioner

1575 Words Jan 11th, 2015 7 Pages
For this essay I will be reflecting on the influences on, how the role of the operating department practitioner (ODP) has developed within the multi-professional healthcare team. I will also be discussing in this text some of the historical, political, legal, social, and cultural influences of the ODP. And I will be reflecting on my personal experience working within the operating department for the first time as a student, using the Gibbs cycle (1988.).
To do this we must first briefly consider the current role of the ODP in relation to the multi-professional team, within the operating department. ODP’s work alongside surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses for the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery stages of an operation. Their duties include assisting with equipment and instruments and post-operative monitoring of patients using specialist equipment.

The profession known as, Operating Department Practice can be followed back to the 18th century. This was a time where surgical procedures were performed in non-clinical areas due to the aseptic and sterile techniques not being practiced, as there was no understanding at this point, so it was not yet discovered.
Initially, 1945 is the generally accepted date for the founding of the organized profession, when the College of Operating Department Practitioners was founded as the Association of Operating Theatre Technicians. Therefore ODPS were referred to as Operating Theatre Technicians (OTT). In 1947 the first formal…
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