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Angela Cobbold

Lecturer and Course Leader Operating Department Practice


Angela Cobbold

T: 01473 338105


Angela is a Healthcare professional who qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in the Armed forces in 1993. Developing a wide range of proven experience within all areas of the operating theatre and hospital environments. Specialist areas include anaesthetics, surgery, laparoscopic surgery, endoscopy and sterile services, post anaesthetic care unit, and have additional qualifications in the Surgical First Assistant role within both the NHS and Private sector.

Angela re-joined the University in May 2017 after previously working at University Campus Suffolk until 2009. Prior to this current post, Angela worked at Nuffield Health Ipswich and Ipswich NHS Hospital, with proven Higher Education Experience as a Principle Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. Previous academic roles include Course leadership, curriculum and course development, facilitating on a variety of modules and healthcare courses. Previous clinical roles in the clinical practice setting encompassed working as Clinical Practice Educator and Training Co-ordinator for pre and post-registration healthcare students. This included roles within clinical practice, team leader and multidisciplinary practitioner with the ability to implement high standards of clinical skills within all aspects of perioperative practice. Angela maintains an active role with the professional body, Association for Perioperative Practitioners. This includes delivering bespoke perioperative education for the organisation and undertaking clinical perioperative audits ensuring National and International standards are maintained.

Currently Course Leader on BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice with the main objective being to promote high quality safe holistic patient care, enhance the student experience and be one of the gatekeepers to this specialist profession.

Teaching and Research interests, and publications

Angela has kept abreast of her research activities through numerous peer reviewed publications and has been invited to present at both National and International conferences. She is a passionate advocate of developing perioperative education for the multidisciplinary team.  Research interests surround the following areas;

  • Exploring and understanding students with specific learning needs
  • Staff retention and job satisfaction and professionalisation
  • Human factors within the perioperative environment

Professional Awards

Ethicon Nurse and Practitioner Educational Trust Fund 2010 award for further professional development and enhancing the standard of expertise.

AfPP 2014 residential conference; Siobhan Rankin Award: research into the professionalization of Decontamination staff.

Previous volunteering services

Anglia Ruskin University Mercy mission to Croatia 2014.