Training and development (operating department practice)

This page has information on the training and development opportunities in operating department practitioner practice. 

After qualifying as an operating department practitioner (ODP), you’ll need to be committed to learning and always keep your skills and knowledge up to date. To maintain your registration to practice with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you’ll need to be able to meet their conduct, performance and ethics standards. 

Information on the conduct, performance and ethics standards is available on the HCPC website

Development opportunities

You’ll have several options to progress your career in operating department practice, including management, education, research and advanced practice. Experienced ODPs can take further training approved by the Royal College of Surgeons to work as surgical care practitioners or training approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists to work as anaesthesia associates. The training programme for both roles are typically two years after which you'll be able to complete certain procedures under the supervision of a consultant surgeon or anaesthetist.

NHS Leadership Academy

The NHS Leadership Academy runs a number of programmes to support healthcare professionals into leadership roles including the Mary Seacole programme. Find more information on the NHS Leadership Academy and its programmes

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