Operating Department Practice


Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are a vital part of the interprofessional operating theatre team and are responsible for the patient's wellbeing throughout their operation. Our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice is delivered by a team of enthusiastic and experienced academics who are all registered ODP's.

Undergraduate study

Our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice (ODP) was the first three year, full-time degree programme of its kind in the UK. The programme is designed to enable students to become confident and capable practitioners in all areas of the hospital operating department. 

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Postgraduate study

The MSc Healthcare Practice is a postgraduate programme offering the chance to study stand alone modules which are relevant to your profession.

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Continuing Professional Development

If you are a qualified Operating Department Practitioner, we offer a clinical practice modular postgraduate programme through our Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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Operating Theatre and Scrub Room

The Medway campus is home to a fully-equipped Operating Theatre and Scrub Room, giving students the opportunity to practice and develop their skills in a realistic simulated setting.   

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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. Find out more about careers in this dynamic field.

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A day in the life of an operating department practioner

If you're considering a career in the operating theatre, the role of Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) may be the perfect choice. Find out what a day in the life of a ODP is like from our alumnus, Thomas Ranson.

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A night shift as an operating department practitioner

If you're thinking about a career in the operating theatre, the role of Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) may be the perfect choice. Find out what a night shift as an ODP is like from one of our alumna, Michelle Ross. 

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Operating Department Practice: My student story

CCCU Alumnus Ali Taherkhani describes the experience of studying Operating Department Practice, and life after university.

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NAOISE's ODP Student Story

Current student Naoise shares her experiences applying for and studying Operating Department Practice at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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100% of our Operating Department Practice students were satisfied with the quality of their course

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