1986 City and Guilds 752 Certificate for Operating Department Assistants
1992 City and Guilds 730 Certificate Further and Adult Education
1995 Advanced Life Support
1996 TDLB D32/33 Vocational Assessor Award
1996 Foundation Management Course
1998 King’s Fund Management Development Course.
1998 NVQ Level IV in Training & Development
2000 ISM Diploma in Management
2002 D34 Internal Verifier Award
2001 Certificate in Education
2003 BA (Hons) Policy, Planning and Leadership
2011 Masters in Higher Education Practice
1984 - 1986 Trainee Operating Department Assistant, James Paget Hospital
1986 - 1987 Operating Department Assistant, James Paget Hospital
1987 - 1988 Operating Department Assistant, Charing Cross Hospital
1988 - 1989 Operating Department Assistant, Royal Marsden Hospital
1989 - 1989 Cardiac Technician, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia
1990 - 1990 Operating Department Assistant Oaklands Private Hospital, Manchester
1990 - 1995 Senior Operating Department Assistant (Training Officer/ Local Assessment
Co-ordinator) Harrogate District Hospital
1995 - 2003 Assistant Training Manager/ Clinical Leader, Main Theatres, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
July 2003 – Present Course Director/Lecturer - Operating Department Practice
Key Research Interests
I am actively involved with promoting the ODP role and influencing practice, recently joining the editorial board of a new professional journal. I have almost 30 years experience of working in a variety of operating theatre settings locally, nationally and internationally and have a keen interest in all educational matters, especially the vital role that mentors play in supporting and developing learners. My MA in Higher Education Practice covered a wide range of educational topics and the dissertation looked at the experiences of students qualifying following an academic programme with particular focus on their preparedness for practice.
I am passionate about the learner's experience and how mentors can influence this by developing an affective relationship with their mentee to develop new skills, meet organisational objectives and help staff develop.
Huggins D (2009) Case 20. The Case of a 53-year old man undergoing laparoscopic surgery in Clancy J and McVicar A (2009) Physiology and Anatomy for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners. A Homeostatic approach. London. Hodder.
Gemmel L, Coates T and Huggins D (2011) Chapter 23 - Organisation and equipment in RCoA (2011) Major complications of airway management in the UK. 4Th National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Difficult Airway Society. London. RCoA.
Huggins D (1995) Isoflurane. Technic (143), 16.
Huggins D (1995) The Eye. Technic (144), 10-11.
Huggins D (1995) The Bain Circuit. Technic (145), 11.
Huggins D (1995) The Ear. Technic (147), 16.
Huggins D (1995) Femoral Nerve Block. Technic (148), 14
Huggins D (1996) Endocrine system (Part 1). Technic (151), 16-17.
Huggins D (1996) Endocrine system (Part 2). Technic (152), 15-16.
Huggins D (1996) All about Plaster of Paris. Technic (154) 14-15.
Huggins D (2004) An overview of Electroconvulsive therapy. Journal of Operating Department Practice. 1(6), 10-12.
Huggins D (2009) Return to practice – a guide for ODPs. Journal of Operating Department Practice. 5(9), 14-16.
Huggins D (2011) NAPA 4: Major complications of airway management. Journal of Operating Department Practice. 2(5): 6-7.
Huggins D (2012) Research led Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Journal of Operating Department Practice. 3(4). 7-10.
Baille L, Parlett G and Huggins D (2014) Promoting a patients right to dignity. Journal of Operating Department Practitioners. 2(1).
Huggins D (2016) Enhancing nursing students' education by coaching mentors. Nursing Management. 23(1). 30-32.
Module Leader for Term A, Year 1, Term B, Year 2 and Term C, Year 2 for the Dip. HE (Operating Department Practice) (2006 curriculum).
Module leader for mentor preparation programme (post-registration)
Since commencing at NSC in July 2003 I have held a pivotal role in developing the ODP programme within NSC and representing the profession at various committee levels.
As Course Director I am responsible for adminstering ODP training and also lead the ODP course committee and Lead Placement Mentor group that involves key clinical staff who administer the practice placements of students with UEA ODP staff. External colleagues based in clinical areas have feedback positive comment on my collaborative approach to managing students in practice.
I am a module leader for mentor preparation and am passionate about this subject and how it influences student development. I have recently been part of the team that underwent successful NMC validation for the new version of the mentorship programme.
The ODP programme continues to develop and I am striving and working with the school, clinical colleagues and commissioners to move the programme to graduate level.
- I have been a registered member of the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) for many years and attend national study days/conferences to keep updated of professional issues. I have also been a member of the CODP education committee.