Operating department practice

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are an important part of the operating department team working with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to ensure surgery is as safe and effective as possible. 

ODPs provide a high standard of skilled support during peri-operative care. Their broad knowledge and skill base, including management and communication skills, is used in the assessment, delivery and evaluation of peri-operative care 

ODPs are degree educated professionals who are registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Pay and responsibility will depend upon experience and further specialist skills you may acquire. It is possible to become a senior ODP, perhaps running a theatre unit. ODPs work in a wide range of areas including transplant teams, orthopaedic clinics and special care baby units. There are also opportunities in research, education and training.

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