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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.

Pay

ODPs working in the NHS generally start on Band 5, £23,113 to £29,905 a year. Higher level practitioners are on Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2018.

Pay will be different for ODPs working outside the NHS.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

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

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
5261
2.3 %
RISE
2023
5381
  United Kingdom
2018
43585
2.3 %
RISE
2023
44607

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

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; 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.

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