Angela Cobbold

Senior Lecturer in Operating Department Practice

+44 (0)1473 338105
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health

Angela is a Healthcare professional commencing her career as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in 1988, progressing to qualification as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in 1993 with the Armed forces.  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 has additional qualifications in the Surgical First Assistant role within both the NHS and Private sector.

Currently a Module Lead on the FdA Health and Wellbeing (Nursing Associate) for Human Anatomy and Physiology, Inclusive Communication for Professional Practice, Research and Leadership 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 developing profession.

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

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.

Anglia Ruskin University Mercy mission to Croatia 2014.

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.