BSc. (Hons) Operating Department Practice

Student Operating Department Practitioner placements in Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Leicester, provide the necessary experiences to develop clinical skills and exposure to the reality of this rapidly advancing area of healthcare.

The Curriculum has been designed with 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. Therefore this is a busy and challenging programme which delivers real opportunities for a lifelong career in the Operating Department. 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 (BSc. ODP) entitles the holder to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), as a Registered ODP.

Being an ODP

An 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. 

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.


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Katherine Green, RODP

Team Leader - Post Anaesthetic Care Unit


At an Open Day you will meet programme staff, Registered Operating Department Practitioners and current student Operating Department Practitioners. There will be opportunities to discuss the course, life as a student ODP and working as an ODP in an Operating Theatre.

Register for a University Open Day here

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Operating Department Practice Education
Room 2.51
George Davies Centre
University of Leicester