BSc. (Hons) 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. 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.

Leicester and beyond

If you don't live in Leicester that's fine, placements are facilitated with local hospitals in the East Midlands includes Leicester, Nottingham, Northampton, Kettering, Chesterfield, Boston and Grantham. These placements 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.


Scrub ODP







Katherine Green, RODP

Team Leader - Post Anaesthetic Care Unit

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