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Operating Department Practice (ODP)

What is a an Operating Department Practitioner?

Operating Department Practitioners (ODP) are highly skilled health care practitioners who work across all aspects of a patient’s perioperative care covering three areas: Anaesthetics, Surgical and Recovery. 

Areas you might cover:

ODP’s working primarily within the theatre environment they also cover other areas such as A&E, Cardiac Cath Lab, Interventional Radiology, Endoscopy, MRI, CT as well as attending Crash calls and going on inter –hospital transfers with acutely unwell patients

Who you might work with:

ODP’s work alongside a vast multidisciplinary team including – Nurses, Midwifes, Anaesthetists, Surgeons

Entry requirements and training:

  • Five GCSE;s a grade C or above
  • Two full A-level or equivalent
  • A recognised Access to Higher Education Course
  • A higher education qualification (HND or Degree)

Pay, working hours and conditions

ODP’s depending on where they e.g. if there is an emergency department work can cover 24 hours across 7 days a week

What career opportunities do we offer locally? (both at a junior and senior level):

The Trust offers apprenticeships for people looking to get into the profession.

For newly qualified the trust offers a preceptorship programme which ones over a year.

There are numerous in house and external courses offered to practitioners.