Angela Woolliscroft

Senior Lecturer

School of Health and Social Care

I qualified as a Registered Nurse through Staffordshire University in 2000. I worked for 15 years as a Theatre Scrub Practitioner and Clinical Standards Facilitator in the Operating Theatres at an acute NHS Trust in the West Midlands, taking an active role in the support and development of Operating Department Practice students. Following my role as a vocational assessor, I developed my interests in education by completing my further education teaching certificate in 2013, during which I was a guest lecturer on the ODP Award. I began a part-time lecturing role with Staffordshire University in 2013, working as Module lead for the surgical modules on the Dip (HE) Operating Department Practice award. I took the Course Lead role in 2016, facilitating the development and validation of the BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice. I continue to facilitate the development of clinical and technical skills by using my clinical experiences and knowledge to support students in their skills sessions. I am the module leader for Basic Counselling Skills on the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course. I have also been actively involved in the development of the ODP Apprenticeship standard.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council – Registrant

Academic qualifications

  • MA Education – Staffordshire University 2017

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional and Higher Education – Staffordshire University 2015

  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector – Staffordshire University 2013

  • Diploma (HE) Registered Nursing (Adult) – Staffordshire University 2000

  • BSc (Hons) Life Sciences (Psychology) – University of Westminster 1986


Expertise Operating Department Practice: I deliver content on:

  • surgical specialities and procedures
  • clinical skills
  • human factors
  • wellbeing and non-technical skills

I am the module lead for Basic Counselling Skills in Health and Social Care on the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course.
I also have experience in curriculum development, student assessment, and simulation in teaching and learning.

Research interests

The use of technology enhanced learning in the ODP curriculum, and the impact of wellbeing on student resilience in healthcare.


  • Undergraduate (pre-registration) ODP course

  • BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course

  • Assistant Practitioner (Health) Perioperative Care apprenticeship

  • College of Observers

  • Fitness to Practice Investigating Officer


Woolliscroft, A. (2016). Innovating: integrating technology into teaching and learning with Operating department Practitioner students. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. [Online] 2 (3) Available from

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