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Chloe Rich

Chloe qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in 2014 and took up her first clinical post as an anaesthetic and recovery ODP at a major paediatric trauma centre. It was during this time, mentoring perioperative students and newly-qualified colleagues, that she found a calling to pursue a career in teaching. Now a lecturer in Operating Department Practice at Oxford Brookes University, she facilitates and delivers perioperative education to undergraduate and postgraduate ODPs, and other healthcare professionals in the U.K. and Gibraltar. She is in the progress of completing a MA in Teaching in Higher Education pathway, and works clinically when she can within her local NHS trust.

Chloe’s professional interests include simulation-based education, in particular interprofessional teaching and learning and the use of real simulated patient actors. Global outreach is a particular passion and she is an active member of the charity Future Health Kenya, and visits remote regions in Kenya to deliver specialist perioperative care and education. She has recently organised an extremely successful ODP Symposium which focused on career challenges and progression of the ODP, which will now be held annually. Current publication and research projects include the writing and editing of the latest edition of the Clinical Pocket Reference Book for Operating Department Practice and evaluating support mechanisms for perioperative students and mentors both in the U.K. and abroad.  

Before being elected trustee, Chloe has been an active member and lead of the South West regional team, with who she still works closely with as trustee for the region. She is also currently leading a team in writing AfPP’s Recovery Practitioner Competency Toolkit. Having recently begun her term as trustee in January 2019, she is grateful to AfPP members for their support, and looking forward to supporting their perioperative development over the next three years. 

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