Operating Department Practitioner

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Operating department practitioners (ODPs) support theatre staff while they carry out complex procedures, and care for theatre patients before, during and immediately after surgery. They work alongside surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses.

The Work

You could be:

You would normally work within either a surgical, anaesthetic or recovery team. However, you may sometimes work in other departments, such as accident and emergency, intensive care, or with resuscitation teams and helicopter emergency medical services.


ODPs working in the NHS are generally on Band 5, £26,104 to £32,915 a year. ODPs who are qualified nurses are usually paid on Band 6, £33,072 to £40,736 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2021.

Pay will be different for ODPs working outside the NHS.


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Getting In

Vacancies appear within hospitals and in trade journals and on the NHS Scotland Recruitment website.

What Does it Take?

You should be:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 6184
Twitter: @The_HCPC

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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