17 Operating Department Practitioners apprentices have graduated from the University of Bolton in a first for the UK.
ODPs provide high standards of skilled care and support during each phase of a patient’s surgery:
One of the graduates, Leona Ratcliffe, spent her placement in Royal Bolton Hospital’s theatre department.
It was a brilliant day graduating and I am so happy and proud to continue working for the NHS.
ODP apprentices spend 80% of their course practically, with the remaining 20% theory-based.
The apprentices have the benefit of a salary during the course, with no fees to pay at the end.
Congratulations to all the @ODPBolton graduates today, first cohort at @BoltonUni and you’ve smashed it! Especially proud of @leonajrODP *everyone* at @boltonnhsft is incredibly proud of you! @Fiona_Noden @JMawrey @williams_top @tyroneroberts2 @HiMattBaker @ElaineWITV pic.twitter.com/V6Iva2r51s
— Neal Ashwangler 💙 (@NAshwangler) July 15, 2022
Neal Ashurst is ODP Clinical Skills Facilitator for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and also works as a tutor on the ODP Programme at the University of Bolton.
Seeing the whole graduate was a very special moment and incredible that it’s the first of its kind in the UK.
“They all absolutely smashed it but I’m especially proud of Leona for all her hard work and dedication.
“We’ve gone from one apprentice to four apprentices because we’re clear on the success of this course, and how it gives opportunities for our staff to progress and succeed at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
Michelle Cox, Anaesthetics and Surgical Divisional Director of Operations at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, added:
This is a fantastic achievement, well done to everyone who graduated and especially our very own Leona.
“Thank you to everyone who has made this happen and made a pathway for career progression and development.
For the fourth year running Bolton NHS Foundation Trust scored highest in the NHS staff survey as the best place to work in Greater Manchester.