Student visit to Uganda with the BU Global Horizons Fund

MikeAndJodieMike Thomson and Jodie Willis, Graduates in Operating Department Practice, reflected upon their experiences of visiting Uganda during their final year in July 2014. With support from the BU Global Horizons fund, they spent two weeks in Uganda supporting a training project for the Basingstoke Hoima Partnership for Health.

Mike and Jodie were in Uganda to assist in the training of operating department staff. Working in very different circumstances to what they have been used to; they helped to develop the skills of local doctors, clinical officers, nurses and midwives in drug administration, routine observations and important life-saving surgical techniques.

The placement was part of a longer term commitment to assist in the training of existing staff.

“as a team we were very excited to hear of Mike and Jodie’s experiences and how, no matter where you are, the essential  skills of patient care during the perioperative period are transferable, no matter what environment you are in” Lesley Elcock, Practice Fellow in Perioperative Practice, Programme Lead – Dip (HE) Operating Department Practice, HSC.

Operating Department Practice student paper on end of life care published

jpp-november-2014Tina Wade has had a very #BUProud November 2014… Along with the rest of her class, she graduated from BU with a DipHE in Operating Department Practice at the Bournemouth International Centre. She also had her final year research project published as a case study in this month’s edition of the Journal of Perioperative Practice (JPP).The JPP is the official journal of the Association for Perioperative Practice, publishing literature reviews, research-based articles and topical discussions.

In her article, Tina investigates end of life care and the impact of the compassionate and personalised care student ODP’s offer patients. Tina, who now works for Poole Hospital, demonstrates the quality of research being done by undergraduate students at BU.