This course is subject to approval by the Health and Care Professions Council
Our Operating Department Practice (ODP) course will give you the skills and experience to launch a rewarding career in this essential profession. It is a varied role, encompassing patient care, teamwork, and attention to detail.
ODPs provide skilled and holistic care and support to patients at all stages of an operation, from anaesthetics, throughout surgery, and into recovery. They play a critical role in the hospital’s ability to carry out surgery as they also work as part of the surgery team and link this team to other teams and departments in the hospital. They provide a vital role in managing the preparation of operating theatres, such as preparing drugs, instruments, devices and equipment for anaesthesia and surgery, including microscopes, endoscopes, and lasers. During operations they are responsible for providing instruments and materials to the surgeon.
The course follows a spiral design based on four 'Pillars of Practice' to help you develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, and confidence required to be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to become a registered Operating Department Practitioner:
- Clinical Practice (anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care)
- Facilitation of Learning (of self and others)
- Evidence, Research, and Development