DipHE Operating Department Practice

Being an ODP

theatre scene 1An Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) provides a professional service within the multidisciplinary environment of a hospital’s operating department. They are engaged in the delivery of individualised patient care. The duties of the ODP involve working closely with doctors and other professionals to ensure that the care delivered to patients is in line with best practice and aims for a successful patient outcome.

ODP Programme

The Curriculum has been designed in the belief that the integration of academic and work based learning in the operating theatre environment, is the best way to develop students that are well equipped to meet the needs of future employers. Our ODP Education programme will also create a professional group of learners who have opportunities open to them for lifelong learning. The Operating Department Practice qualification  (DipHE ODP) entitles the holder to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), as a Registered ODP.

Leicester and beyond

If you don't live in Leicester that's fine, our ODP School partners with local hospitals in and beyond the East Midlands and central UK, including Leicester, Nottingham, Northampton, Kettering, Chesterfield, Boston and Grantham to ensure that students are provided with the necessary experiences to develop their clinical skills and are exposed to the reality of employment where they live.



Life as a student Operating Department Practitioner is interesting. Since becoming a Registered ODP I enjoy the caring environment and gain a high level of job satisfaction. It’s a fascinating and rewarding career with excellent opportunities for further progression.










Katherine Green, RODP Band 6

Deputy Team Leader Emergency Theatres

The previously advertised BSc. (Hons) in Operating Department Practice will now commence in September 2016

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Operating Department Practice Education
Medical and Social Care Education
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building
University of Leicester
P.O. Box 138

Email: odpschool@le.ac.uk