John qualified as an Operating Department Assistant in 1983 based then in Norwich and worked at a few hospitals around the UK before taking up his current role in 2004 as a lecturer in Operating Department Practice at the University of Leicester. He still worked clinically until 2009 however, since then, he regularly spends time in theatres to keep up to date with current practice and developments. He feels it imperative in his role to maintain one’s clinical credibility.
John joined the then NATN in 1998 and has been the University’s AfPP Link Member for several years. He has been a member of the AfPP Governance Committee since 2014 and was elected as a Trustee in November 2017 and President in January 2021.
John currently represents AfPP at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the ‘ODP Project’ at Health Education England and was involved alongside Dezita Taylor-Robinson in updating the 2021 HCPC ODP Standards of Proficiency.