Anglia Ruskin University ODP

Anglia Ruskin University ODP

Develop the confidence, attitudes and skills you need to work as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in areas such as anaesthesia, intensive care, A&E, and transplant or air-ambulance teams. This is an exciting, fast-changing field with opportunities to work all over the world.

Full description

This highly practical course will develop your clinical skills in live settings. You’ll learn to take responsibility for a patient’s all-round welfare and to assess their journey through the surgical environment. You’ll also learn to work as part of a theatre team made up of professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. We’ll explain how you can do all of this safely, and within current legal, ethical and professional boundaries.

Thanks to our three-year placement schedule, our students get experience of working in all the essential clinical specialities. We offer placements in leading NHS and private hospitals:

  • Essex: Basildon, Broomfield, Colchester, Harlow and Southend
  • Cambridgeshire: Addenbrooke’s, Hinchingbrooke, Papworth and Peterborough (all theory will be taught at Cambridge)
  • London: Chase Farm, Barnet, Whittington, North Mid, Royal Free and University College London.

Many of your teaching sessions will be led/delivered by people who already work in the field, so you can benefit from their experience, insight and expertise. We’ll also look at how you can use research and reflection in your day-to-day work.

We’re dedicated to the continual improvement of every aspect of healthcare and delivering the values set out in the NHS Constitution.

Our course meets the standards set by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you graduate, you’ll be able to register and work as an operating department practitioner.

Course Leader: Lisa Wakeman
Lecturer: Lauren Spurling
Clinical Skills Tutor: Andrea Higgon
Clinical Skills Tutor/Cambridge Admission Tutor: Anand Kannan

Taster days in Cambridge and Chelmsford

Our taster days for the September 2017 intake has now closed. We run our taster days on both campuses between October and December. We will be publishing the dates for our 2018 taster days shortly. If you would like the dates sent to you by email please drop us an email to to register your interest.