Rebecca Newsam

Rebecca NewsamRebecca is a registered Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), and a full-time lecturer on the ODP programme at Edge Hill University. She graduated with a first class BSc (hons) in Operating Department Practice from Edge Hill University. She has practiced in a variety of perioperative specialities including Neurology, Cardiothoracic and most recently in a District General Hospital as an anaesthetic and recovery practitioner. Her practice role also involves working in the Accident and Emergency department.

Rebecca has recently completed an MClinRes in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine at Edge Hill University. Her research is entitled “A phenomenological study exploring perioperative practitioners’ experiences, perspectives and knowledge of intra-operative death”. It has been designed and conducted to understand the experiences of perioperative staff involved in death in theatre, aiming to identify their needs, improving staff wellbeing and enhancing the dignity of the deceased patient in this very unique and challenging clinical setting.

Rebecca has two other research interests. This includes the care of patients with dementia in theatres, with particular reference to alleviating fear and anxiety and psychological wellbeing in this patient group. Additionally, Rebecca has an interest in improving interprofessional relationships across all health settings. She published an article in the British Journal of Midwifery on the significant issues that inter-professional issues faced between Operating Department Practitioners and Midwives and the impact these issues can have on patient care. The article is entitled “Operating department practitioners and midwives: The undervalued obstetric care collaboration”. Challenging ethical issues lie at the heart of all Rebecca’s research interests.

Rebecca loves teaching as part of the ODP Programme in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine. Her subjects of interest include inter-professional working and research.


NEWSAM, R., 2018. Operating department practitioners and midwives: The undervalued obstetric care collaboration. British Journal of Midwifery. 26 (11) pp.714-721.

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