The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Q&A with our apprentices - Jess Glenn

6 February 2020

For National Apprentice Week 2020 we are hearing from our own apprentices from a range of programmes across the Trust about their experiences here in Leeds and where it's taken them.

Today we're hearing from Jessica Glenn, ODP apprentice.

1. What apprenticeship are you enrolled on?

I previously did a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship and now I am doing an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) apprenticeship at LTHT. I started the ODP apprenticeship at the beginning of September last year.

Jess Glenn2. What made you choose this qualification and why do it through an apprenticeship?

I wanted to pursue a job that was dynamic, patient-centred and interesting and I thought that the ODP apprenticeship ticked all the boxes. I've always wanted to do a degree and when I came across the ODP apprenticeship I knew it was the right one for me! To become an ODP you need a university degree and through the apprenticeship I am able to gain a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

3. What difference does this apprenticeship make for you and your role in the trust?

As an ODP apprentice I am treated the same as all the other undergraduate students. I attend university and go on placement at the same time as all the other students and I have access to the same tutors, lecturers and academic skills teams as everybody else. In addition, I can seek support from the Practice Educational Facilitators (PEFs) who work on site (LGI or St James's). They are always friendly and full of knowledge!

A benefit of being an ODP apprentice is being able to get paid whilst I work towards a degree. I think this takes an additional pressure off and allows me to focus on my studies without having to worry about the financial side of things. Another benefit to being an ODP apprentice is that I know that I have a job at the end of the three years. During the holidays I go back to my theatre department (or home team) to work. What is great about this is that the department is the one that I will be working in once I qualify. This gives me the opportunity to settle into one environment and become familiar with my team.

4. How do I find out more about this apprenticeship?

To discuss this apprenticeship, contact the Theatres Education Team leedsth-tr.theatreed@nhs.net or take a look at the University of Huddersfield website.