A Day in the Life of an Operating Department Practitioner

Working as an operating department practitioner

Operating department practitioners are an important part of the operating department team working with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure every operation is as safe and effective as possible.

ODPs provide high standards of patient care and skilled support alongside medical and nursing colleagues during peri-operative care. The ODPs role involves the application of theory to practice in a variety of clinical settings. The ODP therefore needs a broad knowledge and skill base including management and communication skills and will be involved with the assessment, delivery and evaluation of peri-operative care.

Peri-operative care can be divided into three interconnected phases

  • anaesthetic phase
  • surgical phase
  • recovery phase



Hi, My name is Aliyah and I’m a first year ODP student here at the University of Leicester. Check out my posts if you want to find out more about what the course entails, as well as what I get up to on clinical placement. I will also be writing about my adventures in and out of uni. See you there!

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Operating Department Practice Education
Room 2.51
George Davies Centre
University of Leicester
: odpeducation@le.ac.uk