Angela Manning

BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

Once I graduate I plan to take on the role of an ODP and continue to achieve my goals within the perioperative environment.

“After working in accountancy for ten years I felt ready for a new challenge, so after some soul searching decided to apply for a healthcare position and gain some experience.

I soon fell in love with the operating theatre environment and felt extremely rewarded when I knew I was making a difference, so I applied to Edge Hill University for a place on the Operating Department Practice diploma.

Being an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) is a hands-on role so the University’s clinical skills environment provides an excellent facility in which to learn. As well as this trauma days are staged where, with the help of make-up artists, we act out the roles of sick and injured patients. To support our studies further, ensuring we really put everything we learn into professional practice, students are placed within an NHS trust throughout the course.

After being in full-time employment for so long I found the prospect of returning to education and academic writing quite daunting at first, but the tutors have been very supportive and provided guidance whenever I needed it.

There’s no doubt that this course gives you a solid base from which to build your career. Once I graduate I plan to take on the role of an ODP and continue to achieve my goals within the perioperative environment.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice.