Careers in Operating Department Practice

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) work in the operating theatre, providing care and support for patients at every phase of their operation.

ODPs look after patients in the three phases of perioperative care – the anaesthetic phase, surgical phase and recovery phase – and play an important role within the surgery team.

Where do ODPs work?

An an ODP, you will have the opportunity to pursue a career in a number of diverse settings, including in hospitals, with the RAF or in the Army.

In this NHS Careers video, Matt, an Operating Department Practitioner, talks about his experiences of working in the operating theatre for the NHS.


Operating Department Practitioners also play an important role in the Army, as this video from a war hospital in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan shows.


If you're thinking of pursuing a career as an Operating Deparment Practitioner, our undergraduate course,  BSc (hons) Operating Department Practice, prepares you to work in a wide range of clinical situations and allows you to gain hands-on practical experience in our fully-equipped  Simulation Suite.

Find out more about the studying Operating Department Practice at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Upon successful completion of our Operating Department Practice course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC.

You can find out more about the HCPC at


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