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Operating department practice

Operating department practice

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are an important part of the operating department team working with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure every operation is as safe and effective as possible.

ODPs provide high standards of patient care and skilled support, alongside medical and nursing colleagues during peri-operative care. The ODPs role involves the application of theory to practice in a variety of clinical settings. They need a broad knowledge and skills base, including management and communication skills, and will be involved with the assessment, delivery and evaluation of peri-operative care. Find out more about what ODPs do during peri-operative care.

Once you have qualified and applied for registration, 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 wide range of areas including transplant teams, orthopaedic clinics and special care baby units. There are also opportunities in research, education and training.