Lauren Spurling

Lecturer in Operating Department Practice

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Operating department practice , Anatomy and physiology

Courses taught: Operating Department Practice

Lauren recently joined the Faculty of Medical Science as a full-time lecturer from clinical practice as an ODP. She is teaching on all aspects of the course including surgery, anaesthetics, recovery and anatomy and physiology.

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Lauren is an ODP and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Clinically Lauren has experience in theatres as an anaesthetic practitioner including elective and emergency surgery, difficult airways, regional anaesthesia, paediatrics and obstetrics. She has also practiced as a scrub practitioner, with particular focus on genitourinary surgical procedures, and has experience in the recovery area of theatres. During clinical practice Lauren used a holistic approach to look after the patients in her care, ensuring attention is paid to every aspect of their wellbeing, and she feels it is important to instil this attitude in the students.

Prior to becoming an ODP, Lauren gained a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Medicine and a Masters of Philosophy in Immunology, which both allowed her to gain extensive experience in cellular biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, the human body in health and disease and analytical and research skills. Lauren is able to use this background to lecture in the more scientific aspects of the diploma course, taking an active role in the delivery of Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology across both year groups, whilst her clinical experience allows her to teach on surgical and anaesthetic aspects of the course.

Research interests

Lauren is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Education and have no active research projects. However she has interests in developing research in the future in the following fields:

  • Dementia in the surgical patient
  • Infection control
  • Troubleshooting methods for disengaged students
  • The use of interactive games and technology in medical and healthcare education


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  • Diploma in Higher Education, Operating Department Practice, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Masters of Philosophy, Immunology, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours, Molecular Medicine

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Registered ODP, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member of Association for Perioperative Practitioners

Selected recent publications

Llewelyn, M.J., Terrazzini, N., Spurling, L. (2008) Superantigen Detection by HLA Class II Capture Assay Poster presented at the British Society for Immunology Congress 2008

Spurling, L. (2012) WHO is your patient Poster presented at Association for Perioperative Practitioners Annual Congress 2012