October 2021 CODP newsletter

Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC)

As reported in the March 2021 Newsletter, the College of Operating Department Practitioners was seeking membership to the CPOC Board. Following a successful application, the College is delighted to be invited to join the CPOC Board and is committed to supporting the CPOC workstreams for the advancement of perioperative care.  Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are the only non-medical profession specifically educated in perioperative care and as such, we are pleased to be able to contribute our professional perspective to the work of CPOC. The College was pleased to contribute to the CPOC Guideline for the Perioperative Care for People living with Frailty.

CPOC Guideline for the Perioperative Care for People living with Frailty

A Vision: The College of Operating Department Practitioners and CPOC

Thank you David Bethell

David’s term as Student Lead for the College has sadly come to end. A huge huge thank you to David for his commitment, vision and leadership in the Student Lead role, a true ambassador for the College. David’s successor as Student Lead for the College will be announced shortly.

Are you working with students? Encourage them to join UNISON – they will get the benefits of being a part of the College of Operating Department Practice (CODP) where they will have access to workplace representation if they need it and professional and clinical advice too.

Knowing you have a professional trade union to back you up is reassuring.

AHP day 14th October 2021

AHP Day is the annual opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family. It also gives an opportunity to showcase to others, the impact AHPs make to the delivery of high-quality care. Key messaging for AHPs Day this year includes:

  • Celebrating those professions who are AHPs
  • Appreciating AHP skills and impact on care
  • Inspiring the future workforce
  • Connecting so that AHPs are included in workforce transformation and pathway redesign in systems.

Suzanne Rastrick, the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) for England, will be delivering a live address to the AHP workforce on AHP Day at 9:30am and live streaming the CAHPO Awards Ceremony at 6:15pm.

Black History Month 2021

October is Black History Month and is a key time to celebrate, acknowledge achievements and provide an opportunity to discuss issues affecting the Black community. This year UNISON are featuring Black members who are ‘making history now’ so please read the articles featured in UNISON’s Activist magazine and UNISON’s social media posts. Resources are also available on UNISON’s Race for Equality campaign page.

History of the College of Operating Department Practitioners and the ODP Profession

A long-time ambition for Bill Kilvington was to write a pamphlet focusing on the ‘History of the College of Operating Department Practitioners and the ODP Profession’. Huge thanks to Bill as his goal has successfully been achieved.

The pamphlet builds upon an historical account of the profession, Beadles; Box Boys; and Handlers written by Dr Pope and published by the College in 1961/62.

As well as researching official documents, Bill has drawn upon his own experience of 43 years in the profession and a remarkable 38 years as a member of the College’s Professional Council.  It is explained how the profession is rooted in the 18th and 19th Centuries and the role ODPs continue to play in critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic brings our professions history up to date.

Further details of the publication will be given on the College social media platforms.

New CODP microsite

The College is proud to announce the launch of it’s new microsite to promote the role of the Operating Department Practitioner.

The site is aimed at young people choosing their career and at existing NHS staff considering a career change. The site will be launched on 14th October – look out for the link on social media and share with colleagues, family and friends.

Revision of the ODP Degree Apprenticeship End Point Assessment Plan

As with other AHP Degree Apprenticeships, the ODP Degree Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA) Plan is currently being revised. Rather than the Professional Discussion and Observation of Practice, it is intended that the revised EPA will start with the Examination Board and will finish when the Approved Education Provider (HEI) submits the required documentation to the HCPC. The apprentice is not required to carry out any additional assessments.

Due to the revision of the EPA, estimation of costings has also to be recalculated however it is hoped that the funding will remain at £24,000. For updates, please visit the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website which can be found below.

More detail here

Chief Professions Officers’ Medicines Mechanism Programme – PGDs

Work is ongoing by the Chief Professions Officers’ Medicines Mechanism Programme Team as they prepare the presentation of the proposed changes and findings of the PGD consultation. We hope to receive an update from the Programme Team soon.

HCPC approves increase in the threshold level of qualification for entry to the Register (SET 1) for ODPs to degree level

On 1st July 2021, the HCPC took a decision to increase the threshold level of qualification to the Register (SET 1) for Operating Department Practitioners to degree level following public consultation. Read the full details from Matthew Clayton, HCPC Senior Policy Officer (Policy and Standards).

Read more here

Greener Operations Priority Setting Partnership

The survey-based study to define the top research priorities related to ‘sustainable perioperative care’ closed on 31st August 2021. There were in total 290 responses with 1,900 questions suggested. The responses will now be categorised into themes and from these, a number of indicative questions will be identified for researching. For further information about the partnership, please visit the website via the link below.
Read more here

Future Surgery Show 9th – 19th November 2021

This year’s Future Surgery Show will be a 2 day LIVE in-person event at the ExCel, London. In partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons for England, Future Surgery is set to be the biggest gathering of surgical and operating theatre teams together with 100 plus speakers.

This year there are 7 core themes:
• Disruptive Technology
• Perioperative Care
• Sustainability and the Green Theatre
• Global Health Innovation
• Innovation in Surgery
• Working Better
• Patient Centred Care
You can register for the Future Surgery Show free of charge using the unique bursary code CODP. Register on-line via the link below *Please select ticket type ‘Healthcare Professional’.

Register for Future Surgery Show

Autumn webinars

Commencing in November, the College will be hosting a number of webinars. Topics include:

• HCPC and You: CPD Audits – Fitness to Practice and the Investigation Process
• Operating Department Practitioners and Advanced Practice

Check out the College social media platforms for updates on these free to watch webinars