Operating Department Practice
This year UWS Operating Department Practice (ODP) student, Erika Marwick, presented to colleagues in the NHS on her experience of online learning at UWS.
Erika lives and works in Orkney and was able to share her journey to becoming an ODP student at UWS and highlight the benefits of online learning to her career. She is a health care support worker in theatre at the Balfour Hospital in Orkney and speaks about how she wouldn’t be able to study and work without the flexibility offered by the UWS ODP programme.
“My aspirations are just to work hard,” says Erika. “I want to enjoy the challenges and opportunities that a future as an ODP, and get to the end of my working life knowing that I’ve done myself proud.”
Erika also discusses how after leaving school at 16 she had no thoughts on having a career like this, but became a home carer at 21 before moving to her current role by the age of 25 and being encouraged to progress academically too, first at the Open University and then UWS.
In terms of the benefits of the UWS ODP programme Erika highlights the ability to stay at home while progressing in the career that she loves; being supported by colleagues she already knows, trusts and enjoys working with and developing within her current organisation; learning new skills; and the supportive learning environment which extends from fellow students and mentors to lecturers and her regional educator.
“I feel incredibly lucky and privileged to be given this amazing opportunity on this programme which enables me to follow a career path that would otherwise be impossible,” says Erika.
Erika’s presentation was delivered through TURAS - a modern and accessible digital platform developed by NHS Education for Scotland to support health and care professionals working in the public sector.
Watch the presentation here