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Comparing careers in NHS

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  • Submitted: 06/11/2007
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University Degree Healthcare

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LO1: Understand the variety of opportunities available in H.E.

1B - Research your chosen career (s) and provide a summary of: the main job content, progression routes, and entry requirements.

Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) is where my main interest lies due to the variety in the work and departments in which I would be able to work, and the technicality involved. The main aspects of the role are split into three areas:

Anaesthetic Practise This involves working within a team of

health professionals to assess and support a patient prior to anaesthesia. The preparation of specialist equipment and drugs for use during surgery, which may include ventilators and intravenous equipment. The care and support for the patient's family is also involved.

Surgical Practise This involves a number of roles, including

the 'scrubbed' role - preparing equipment

and instruments for surgery, accounting for

materials throughout procedure, wound

management and infection control.

A circulating role liaising between surgical

teams and other parts of the operating

theatre and hospital, using communication

and management skills.

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