Students get to grips with life in an operating theatre at Anglia Ruskin 'taster' day

Published: 8 November 2005 at 13:46

22 sixth form BTEC National students from around the region have visited Anglia Ruskin University's Institute of Health and Social Care for a 'taster' day to find out more about potential careers within a simulated operating theatre environment.

The young student 'volunteers' from Braintree College and Palmer's College, Grays focused on anaesthetics, surgery and recovery as part of a closer look at the work of Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and theatre teams in general. As part of the day, organised by the Department of Allied Health in association with the College Liaison Unit, the visitors were given an introduction to the various clinical skills involved in the work such as the preparation of a wide range of equipment and drugs. They spent some time looking at anaesthetic machines and vital signs monitoring equipment and learned some basic information about surgical attire and methods of infection control. This involved student participation enabling the students to 'scrub up' and simulate a surgical experience. They were also given a short introduction on basic life support and instruction on how to manage an individual's airway.

Commenting on the taster day, John Redmond, Programme Leader from the Department of Allied Health, said:

"When people think of hospital careers, most will concentrate on the role of doctors and nurses. The purpose of this taster day for sixth form students is to open their eyes to other career possibilities within the health service, such as theatre work.”

"Operating Department Practitioners are a vital part of the multidisciplinary operating theatre team. They provide high standards of patient care and skilled support alongside medical and nursing colleagues during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases. It is a career that is interesting, often demanding, but also hugely rewarding. It is for people who want to do something important every day of their working lives."

Anglia Ruskin's Institute of Health and Social Care offers pre-qualifying degree and diploma courses on subjects including Operating Department Practice, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Radiography, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. Start dates are available in January April and September.

The University's nursing courses were rated 'excellent' by both the Guardian and the Times Education Guide 2005.

For a copy of the new Institute of Health and Social Care Prospectus from Anglia Ruskin University call 0845 271 3333.