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George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust theatre support workers, Amber Varden and Olivia Burdett, have secured places at two local universities to become qualified theatre practitioners.

Amber and Olivia both joined the Trust together in 2016 as administration apprentices within the theatres department. The pair successfully passed their apprenticeship in 2017 and also gained an NVQ qualification.

The pair’s theatres career continued when they both became Theatre Support Worker (TSW’s). After working within the busy theatres department the pair decided to, with the support of the hospitals theatres team, apply for a place on the Operating Department Practice (ODP) courses at Coventry University and the University of Leicester. The duo were both successful in their applications and are due to start their respective courses in September.

Operating Department Practitioner’s (ODP) provide high standards of skilled care and support during each phase of a patient’s perioperative care - anaesthetic, surgical and recovery. There are two ways to gain the ODP qualification, via a two year diploma course or three year degree course.

Paula Quinn, Theatres Manager, said: “I’m so proud of both Amber and Olivia to watch them progress their own careers. They have flourished in their confidence and it is a pleasure to work with them as they grow and develop. I look forward to watching both Amber and Olivia on their journey and I have been told I cannot retire until they come home again as qualified Practitioners!” 

Photograph features from left Olivia Burdett, Paula Quinn and Amber Varden

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