Associate Professor Jai Darvall is an anaesthetist and intensive care specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, co-lead of the perioperative medicine service within the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, and a senior lecturer in critical care education at the University of Melbourne. His PhD investigated the implications of frailty in perioperative and critical care; this research program with the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society now comprises the largest dataset of ICU frailty worldwide (> 250,000 patients). Jai has published over 60 peer reviewed articles, and is Chief Investigator of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network endorsed Chewy Trial, a multi-centre, international randomised control trial evaluating a novel therapy for postoperative nausea and vomiting. Jai has clinical interests in perioperative medicine, anaesthesia for older patients, and critical care echocardiography. He received an ANZCA Foundation scholarship to assist his PhD, and has received several other grants through the foundation supporting studies within his research program.
John qualified as an Operating Department Assistant in (ODA) 1983 and worked clinically at a few hospitals around the UK for just over twenty years. During this time John became involved in practice-based education and saw the ODA evolve into the Registered Operating Department Practitioner. During his four-year term on the council of AODP (now CODP), John took up the role in 2004 as lecturer in Operating Department Practice at the University of Leicester. Although now retired, he remains as a visiting lecturer and undertakes some work as a Perioperative Consultant for AfPP and other organisations. 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 first became a member of the AfPP Governance Committee in 2014 before being elected as a Trustee in November 2017. In 2021 and 2022, he served as President of AfPP, the first RODP to take up the role. John until recently, represented AfPP on the Board of the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC). This is a very influential UK wide collaboration which includes CODP and six Royal Colleges. John was also very involved in updating the HCPC ODP Standards of Proficiency as well as projects with NHS England and NHS Scotland which will chart the future of Perioperative practice.
Qualifying at St. Thomas’s Hospital in 1980 he has been a member of the Professional Council of the College of Operating Department Practitioners for forty years. Immediate past President and now Patient Safety Lead. Bill served as Chair of the Council for nine years from 1991 and was the first ODP President of CODP, serving fifteen years from 2002. Bill played a key role in the development of the ODP as a profession, including Registration with the HCPC in 2004 and recently leading the Colleges’ submission whereby ODPs joined the AHP family in 2017. As an advocate of patient safety, he represented the profession on the Surgical Never Events Taskforce, chairing a writing group that produced the National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs), continuing as a member of NHSI’s Never Events Focus Groups. Bill is a Trustee of the charity Action Against Medical Accidents - AvMA.org.uk In 2018 the Royal College of Anaesthetists recognised his contribution to the development of the ODP Profession and patient safety, conferring its highest award of Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College, FRCA. And in 2022 he became an Honorary Doctor at Birmingham City University. Bill has worked for the NHS for forty-six years, forty-five as an ODP - student and qualified. He recently returned from a brief retirement to the role of Divisional Director for Women and Child Health Services at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust where he is proud to be an ODP and a member of #WeAHPs in the role.
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