The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Jordan Annakin

Jordan Annakin

Jordan AnnakinJordan is a Professional Development Practitioner here at the Trust. Her career started off when her mum suggested she consider the role of an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), something she hadn’t heard of before.

“There are two very different sides to my role: the clinical role and the educational role. In my clinical role, every day is different and rewarding in many ways. ODPs work in three different clinical roles within the theatre department: anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care.

"There is a lot of variety. There is opportunity to specialise in different clinical specialities or work across a wide variety of specialities. You are directly involved in hands-on patient care, caring for patients when they are most vulnerable.

“In my educational role I am part of a team who is responsible for delivering training to staff, students and learners across theatres. Training ranges from clinical skills to resilience and wellbeing. The role includes policy writing, training, learning from incidents and supporting staff and students.

“Every day is different. The needs and requirements of each patient change each day which keeps work interesting and challenging. In both my clinical and educational roles, I know I am making a difference to patients whilst improving the safety of the workplace and providing high-quality care.

“Outside of work I really enjoy running, which is a great way for me to stay fit and healthy. It really helps having something like my fitness goals to focus on outside of work.”