Newly Qualified ODP- Theatre Practitioner

Congratulations on graduating as an ODP and securing your first role. This is where you will start consolidating your learning and gain confidence in your autonomy as an independent healthcare professional.

There is support available for you as a new ODP in Preceptorship. Preceptorship is a period of time where you will be working with a preceptor who might be a person you choose or be allocated to. The preceptor is an experienced theatre practitioner who is in the best position to guide and facilitate support. They will help you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned so far and advise you on how they can be developed further in the practice setting. Identifying your own training needs is an important aspect of your new role.

In your role as an independent ODP, you will have the opportunity to learn something new every day. Remember this is a different relationship than that of a student and mentor. Completion of this package provides evidence for personal and professional portfolios, and provides a foundation on which to develop. You will need two documents:

  1. Trust Newly Qualified Interprofessional Preceptorship Package and
  2. Newly Qualified ODP Preceptorship Reflective Log Book

We look forward to welcoming you to the team. Please do not hesitate to contact our Theatre Professional Development Advisors if you need anything else.

Why not visit the in-depth tab to find out more about managing your preceptorship.

Managing your preceptorship

Use the Trust Interprofessional Preceptorship Package to structure to your first year in your new job. Identify training needs of where you’re at now and set some anaesthetic, scrub and circulating objectives of where you want to be in the near future. This should form part of your action plan and be documented. Your Preceptor might advise on how the objectives could be achieved and help set timeframes.

Your Preceptor will help you identify learning and development objectives, and give general guidance on:

  • Local induction
  • Department structure, communication and Trust expectations
  • Theatre policy
  • Resources available to develop personal and professional skills
  • Developing clinical competencies and delivering safe, best practice
  • Continued professional development (CPD)
  • Team working
  • Increasing exposure to more complex procedures
  • Support in situations not encountered before
  • Enabling and supporting others

Use the ODP Preceptorship Package to keep a reflective log of your experiences showing how you have achieved your objectives and move forward developing new ones. Review your training needs together on a regular basis.

The reflective logs are a portfolio of clinical skills that are used so the preceptor can see an overview of general progression of case/ list load, complexity of procedures and emergency experience for in or out of hours duties.

Take care to get ready for your first appraisal; these documents will help to evidence your learning and competence in theatre.

Also, remember the HCPC registration period; from commencing your registration, you will be required to keep a reflective portfolio of your continued professional development (CPD). The HCPC has a reregistering process which allows you to maintain your registration every 2 years. A percentage of CPD portfolios are sampled and they must provide evidence of improving practice and patient care. Keeping an up to date professional CPD portfolio will help you demonstrate your ability to practice safely and effectively.