University of East Anglia Odp

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University of East Anglia Odp

University of East Anglia Odp

Operating Department Practice

Introduction Introduction

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are an important part of the operating theatre team, working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, theatre nurses and other healthcare professionals to help ensure that every surgical procedure is as safe and effective as possible.

As a graduate of our DipHE Operating Department Practice programme at UEA, you will have developed the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become a safe and competent practitioner. You will have graduated from one of the best schools of health in the UK, and be ready to embark upon an exciting career.

Once you have graduated as an operating department practitioner, you will need to register with your professional body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so that you can be accepted on to a national register of health and care professionals. Once registered, you will be eligible to work as an ODP in the UK and overseas.

A day in the life…. A day in the life….

As an operating department practitioner, you will primarily be working in all aspects of perioperative care including anaesthetics, operating theatres and post-operative recovery. Working in the theatre is a rich and rewarding experience but it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. The ability to be a good team player as well as working autonomously will be integral to your role.

You would normally work within an anaesthetic, surgical or recovery team. However, you could also work in such areas as accident and emergency, intensive care, day surgery clinics, maternity units and resuscitation teams.

Most employers will offer a period of preceptorship after qualification, which can vary in length. Once you have qualified, 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 may work in a range of areas including transplant teams, orthopaedic clinics and special care baby units. There are also opportunities in research, education and training.