Staff Profile


Mr Luke Ewart

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Allied and Public Health Professions

Campus: Medway

Tel: 01227 924439

Profile summary

MSc, PGCE, BSc (Hons), RODP.

Following qualification in 1988, I have concentrated mainly on the anaesthetic phase of perioperative care. After a period of consolidation in London and the South East,  I moved to Amstelveen in Holland in 1990 where I worked as an anaesthetic assistant (non-medical anaesthetist). Shortly after returning to the UK, I returned to full time education to study Human Biology and this has remained an area of interest ever since. 

I joined CCCU in 2001 and became the Pathway Director for Pre-registration Operating Department Practice in 2003 and have taken the ODP pathway through several validations as the profession itself has progressed. In particular, I led the Pathway through the 2009 validation and the subsequent approval of the first BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice in the country.  I have remained the lead for undergraduate ODP education and currently I am the programme director for the BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice.  

Research and knowledge exchange

The focus of my research is in exploring the experience of being a patient undergoing surgery while awake with a local or regional anaesthetic. 

I am interested in the use of an ethnographic approach to understand the relationship between the conscious patient in an operating theatre and the rest of the perioperative team. This approach elicits the views of both patients and perioperative staff and supports a theoretical interpretation of the behaviour and relationships that are enacted in the context of everyday life in an operating theatre setting. I am keen to reposition the patient as the centre of the surgical process and the patient's body as the focus of the work of the operating theatre. My research activities aim to produce an authentic ethnographic account of the patients’ experience of undergoing surgery, which may contribute to ways of interacting with and caring for surgical patients in the perioperative environment in the future.

Teaching and subject expertise

My main areas of teaching are Anaesthesia and Human Biology (anatomy & Physiology), for both pre-registration and post registration students.

I also have an interest in medical sociology as this forms the basis of much of my research.

I am a member  of the Association for Perioperative Practice where I act as an expert member for both Education and Anaesthesia.

External activities

I am a Fitness to Practice Partner with the Health and Care Professions Council, responsible as part of a panel, for considering information and evidence presented to the panel to reach well-reasoned and fair decisions on ODP registrants' fitness to practise cases. 

I am a Visitor Partner for the Health and Care Professions Council, responsible for visiting and addressing existing and proposed education and training programmes delivered by education partners for the provision of ODP education.

I am a member of the editorial board for the 'Journal of Perioperative Practice'.

I have previously acted as External Examiner for other Universities and undertaken External Adviser/Subject Expect role for programme development at other Universities delivering ODP Education.

I also undertook an active role in the recent review of the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for the ODP profession.

Publications and research outputs

Ewart, L.  (2011) ’Are you aware of Awareness?’ Journal of Perioperative Practice 21 (3) pp 93-96

Ewart, L.  (2010) ‘Nitrous Oxide Makes Me Sick – Or Does It?’ Journal of Perioperative Practice 20 (6) pp 215-218

Ewart, L.  (2007) ‘The Efficacy Of Cricoid Pressure In Preventing Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux In Rapid Sequence Induction Of Anaesthesia’. Journal of Perioperative Practice 17 (7) pp 432-436

Ewart, L. & Huntington, S. (2006) “The Peri-Operative Phase” in Assessing and Managing the Acutely Ill Adult Surgical Patient.  McArthur-Rouse, F. & Prosser, S. (Eds). Blackwell Publishing: Oxford.

Ewart, L. (2019) Trends in Operating Theatre Technology 2nd International Conference, Jubilee Mission Nursing College, Kerala, India.

Ewart, L. (2019) Embodiment in Surgery / Anaesthesia 2nd International Conference, Jubilee Mission Nursing College, Kerala, India.

Ewart, L. (2018) The role of Operating Department Practitioners in 21st Century Healthcare. Presentation SSWHG Perioperative Conference, Waterford, Ireland.

Ewart, L. (2017) When the person becomes a patient: The experience of local / regional anaesthesia and knee replacement surgery. Presentation. PGRA Canterbury Christ Church University.

Ewart, L. (2014) Are you aware of awareness? Public Lecture. Lecture series by the School of Allied Health Professions. Canterbury Christ Church University.

Ewart, L. (2010) Towards a degree – Pathway Options for Operating Department Practitioners. Presentation Annual Association for Perioperative Practice Conference, Harrogate.


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