School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Dr Penny Joyce

  • Qualifications: RODP, BA Ed., MA Health Professional Ed.,D.Ed.
  • Role Title: Associate Head (Education)
  • Address: James Watson West 2 King Richard 1st Road Portsmouth PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 023 92 844436
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in 1979, and worked in clinical practice primarily for the NHS until the late 90’s. As a senior practitioner I undertook commissioning of anaesthetic services for a new Day Surgery Unit and a Main theatre complex; carried out a skill mix review as an external consultant. I spent a number of years as a Practice Educator and more latterly gained management experience within the NHS as a Theatre Manager.

I moved into higher education and led the development of the ODP programme as it moved from a vocational award into Higher Education. I have a number of external roles including subject reviewer for QAA Major Review, Partner with the Health and Care Professions Council as an education visitor and a CPD assessor; and strong engagement with the Professional Body (College of ODPs) and I was for a number of years elected as Director of Education for the CODP Education Committee.

My interests lie in the quality aspects of curriculum delivery in relation to placement learning, simulation and CPD opportunities for perioperative staff in the operating theatre.

Teaching Responsibilities

Associate Head (Education)
Clinical Placement Advisor for Science Faculty Placement Office
Teaching on various units across the School in relation to reflective practice and professionalism


Joyce, P. (2014). Reflective Practice. In H. Abbott & H Booth (Eds). Foundations for Operating Department Practice, Essential Theory for Practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press

Harper, M. & Joyce, P. (2014). CPD: preparing for the 2014 audit cycle. ODP Journal of Operating Department Practitioners. (2), 5. 139 - 144

2016 Book Chapter in progress – Qualitative Research for Operating Department Practitioners


Research profile

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