David Huggins


  • 1.16b Edith Cavell Building

Personal profile

Teaching Interests

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.



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.

Book Chapters 

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.

Journal Articles 

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.