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Rebecca Helen Lowes

Helen Grace Lowes MSc, MA, BSc (Hons), DipHE, AFHEA

Course Leader, Business Development Lead and Simulation Lead

Summary

I qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) from Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 following the completion of an undergraduate and postgraduate degree.

In 2010 I joined the ODP team as a full time lecturer specialising in applied science, medical ethics and subjects associated with perioperative practice.

I currently hold the role of Business Development Lead for the ODP team and I am the Lead for Simulation for the Department of Allied Health Professions (AHP).

I continue to practice clinically, as an ODP and have developed a keen interest in promoting and developing the ODP profession.

  • About

    I qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) from Sheffield Hallam University in 2006, following the completion of my BSc (Hons) in Human Biology and Masters in Healthcare Ethics and Law.

    In 2006 I was invited to teach at Hallam as a specialist visiting lecturer, and in 2010 took a full time post as a lecturer.

    I have had various roles as a senior lecturer including course lead, placement lead and module lead and have taught on a variety of modules including applied science, mentorship and interprofessional education.

    As a senior lecturer, I currently hold the role of Business Development Lead for the ODP team and I am the Lead for Simulation for the Department of Allied Health Professions (AHP).

    I maintain my registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and continue to work in clinical practice and mentor students, specialising in the field of obstetrics, however I have significant experience of working in gynaecology, neurosurgery, angiography and emergency surgery.

    I am passionate about developing and promoting the ODP profession and recently completed my MSc in Healthcare Education which focused on contemporary roles of the ODP. I am currently writing a series of articles for publication focused on the contemporary roles of the ODP and the development of a professional framework for the ODP profession. I have a keen interest in workforce development for ODP and other Allied Health Professions.

    I am a member of the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), The Association for Perioperative Practitioners (AfPP), and an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I hold posts for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) and I am a peer reviewer for the Journal of Perioperative Practice

    Specialist areas of interest

    Operating Department Practice
    Career and Professional Development
    Contemporary Roles in Healthcare Practice
    Medical Law, Ethics and Moral Philosophy
    Simulation & Human Factors
    Healthcare Research
    Applied Science - Anatomy and Physiology

  • Teaching

    Operating Department Practice

    Operating Department Practice

    Applied Science 1

    BSc (Hons) Perioperative Top up 

    Research and Writing for Publication

  • Research

    Lowes, RHG (2015). A Study to Determine the Roles of Operating Department Practitioners (ODP’s) in Contemporary Healthcare.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    White, N., Lowes, R.H.G., & Hormis, A. (2015). Understanding how human factors can cause errors in the operating theatre. Journal of Operating Department Practitioners, 3 (2), 82-88. http://doi.org/10.12968/jodp.2015.3.2.82

    Posters

    Lowes, H., Mcnamara, J., Naylor, S., Newton, E., & Timms, J. (2017). A multidisciplinary approach to teaching basic life support. Presented at: Health Education England Clinical Skills and Simulation Conference, Leeds, 2017

  • Other activities

    I hold posts for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) and I am a peer reviewer for the Journal of Perioperative Practice. 

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