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ODP jobs: frequently asked questions
Welcome to our ODP jobs page, featuring the very latest roles across the UK, as well as frequently asked questions below.
What is an ODP?
An ODP, or Operating Department Practitioner, works among a surgery team to manage the preparation of operating theatres. The role involves three phases of support: anaesthetic, surgery and recovery.
ODPs work within a multi-disciplinary team, and operate in both the NHS and the private sector. They’re a vital link between a surgical team and other staff within an operating theatre or the wider hospital.
What are the daily duties of an ODP?
The daily duties of an ODP can vary, but are likely to include:
• Preparing patients before surgery
• Preparing specialist equipment and drugs for the anaesthetic and surgery stages
• Assisting the surgeon by providing correct and clean surgical instruments
• Anticipating the needs of the surgical team
• Supporting and checking the patient within the recovery phase
• Assessing the patient before discharge
It’s normally a shift-based role, which means your working schedule could include unsociable hours. However, surgeries are more likely to take place Monday to Friday, during normal working hours.
How do you become an ODP?
There are two routes to becoming an ODP.
You can study for a two-year diploma, or you can undertake a three-year degree in operating department practice. Either way, the course will need to be recognised by the HCPC.
It’s also possible to apply for an apprenticeship offered through an NHS trust, which will combine work and study. The added benefit of this route is that your tuition fees will be covered.
Once qualified, you’ll be ready to apply for positions – although some roles will require some healthcare experience. So while you’re studying, do try to get some paid or even unpaid experience within a hospital setting.
How much do ODPs earn?
What you’ll earn as an ODP will depend on how experienced you are.
According to industry data, ODPs earn around £32,000 a year on average.
Within the NHS, where the majority of roles are, an ODP earns a Band 5 salary which starts at £24,907 a year currently. With enough experience it’s possible for an ODP to apply for a Band 6 role, with a starting salary of £31,365.
In the private sector salaries appear to be very similar, although finding a benchmark is harder because pay is unregulated.
Whether you work in the NHS or privately, undertaking more training during your career, building up lots of experience and becoming increasingly specialised will all help to boost your earnings towards or even beyond £40,000 a year.
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