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Luke and Chris standing next to Theatre equipment.

Two former Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW) at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust have successfully completed their training to become Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs).

Luke Crowe and Chris Procter have spent the last three years studying with the University of Bolton and training at the Trust to become ODPs and are now qualified to assist during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of a patient’s surgical journey.

Chris, from Keighley, began the course after seeing it advertised in the Trust:

“I found out about the apprenticeship after it was advertised in my department and I decided to pursue the opportunity to improve my knowledge around anatomy and physiology, anaesthetic practice, medications and immediate and advanced life support.

“It’s a big shift going from HCSW to ODP as there are a lot more responsibilities but it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to use these developed skills to help patients further.”

The University of Bolton Operating Department Practice degree is a collaborative three-year course where knowledge, skills and behaviours are gained through academic study and working in a clinical environment.

Luke, from Keighley, joined the Trust over twelve years ago in the Catering Department before taking on the role of Healthcare Support worker. He then progressed to Senior Healthcare Support Worker six years ago and decided to undertake the ODP course in 2020:

“I enjoy working in the Theatre environment and knew the ODP career would be for me as it allows you to work across all three areas within the department.

“The course had a fantastic structure for my learning style as it was very practical and gave me a lot of hands-on experience.

“Qualifying as an ODP has given me more responsibility and a wide range of new skills.

“I’m now working as a registered practitioner where I am able to help the surgeons and anaesthetists deliver a high standard of care to all of our patients.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to my colleagues in Theatres who were always willing to help me with my learning and to the tutors who were also fantastic and helpful.”

Beverley Drake, Practice Education Facilitator Theatres, said:

“We’re incredibly proud of Luke and Chris for successfully completing their ODP course.

“Despite being faced with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in their first year, they have shown great commitment throughout and have passed with flying colours.

“I would also like to thank all of the staff in the Theatres Department for the support they have provided to Luke and Chris during their training.”