FAQs about careers in operating department practice

This page has some frequently asked questions about careers in operating department practice

What areas can operating department practitioners (ODPs) work in?

ODPs work mainly in operating theatres as part of a team that includes surgeons, anaesthetists, theatre nurses, healthcare assistants, theatre support staff and porters. Increasingly, you'll find ODPs working in other critical care areas of hospitals too.

What is the difference between an ODP and a theatre nurse?

The way that you train is different for an ODP compared with that of a theatre nurse, but opportunities to develop your career in the theatre environment are virtually identical.

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Where can I find more information about working as an ODP?

There's more information about working and training to become an operating department practitioner on our explore roles pages.

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