Leadership and Management in the operating department

Blog Post by Paul Wicker, Head of Perioperative Studies, Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK

Ugh! I can hear you now, after all, who on earth would be interested in a droll subject like leadership and management, let alone buy a book about it!

Well, I think that there are three main reasons why you might want to read Operating Department Practice, Leadership and Management. Firstly there are 234 million surgical procedures carried out in the world annually. Somebody has to manage that mess. Secondly, if you work in an operating department, you might be the manager taking the buck for it all. Thirdly, you might be at the receiving end of all of this. Wouldn’t you want your operation to go smoothly?

Let me try and persuade you that this is a book worth reading. Another 3 reasons for reading the book.

1. It is written by people who know what they are talking about. Managers, educators and clinicians. People who know what it’s like to be at the centre of the maelstrom that is an operating department. Surgeons want their own way – regardless. Anaesthetists need more equipment. Patients need more treatments, faster and safer. Practitioners need more time.  How the heck can you manage all of that? Read on…

2. There is nothing much out there just now to help theatre managers in the way of books on theatre management. We’ve looked, and can’t find anything. Strange, why would that be the case? Perhaps because nobody takes the role of the Theatre Manager seriously. Well, we do because we’ve been there to see what happens when things go wrong. And the essence of that is why we produced this book. Read on…

3. We know you, the theatre manager, don’t have much time. So its concise, clear, pragmatic, interesting and comprehensive. You could probably read it in a week if you put your mind to it. And in some ways its better than the latest Dan Brown, because the story it tells is based on reality. The reality of managing a dangerous, exciting, stressful and confusing environment.

Well, that’s what we think anyway. Read it and tell us if you agree or not.

Paul Wicker is co-editor of Operating Department Practice, Leadership and Management


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