Operating Department Practitioners

In an emergency, I want a nurse… to go and find an ODP

The Anaesthetist

Welcome to our ODP zone, dedicated to our co-pilots in anaesthesia. We are continuing to build and expand this zone with resources and information to help you get the most out of your education and career.

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Considering becoming an ODP?

Here is a useful introduction video from Canterbury Christ Church University

Resources you’ll need for the course

Textbooks

Useful websites

  • Foundations of Operating Department Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Operating Department Practice
  • Introduction to Professional practice
  • Developing Skills in Operating Department Practice
  • Pathophysiology for Operating Department Practice
  • Research for Operating Department Practice
  • Enhancing Operating Department Practice
  • Embedding Professional Practice
  • Leadership in Operating Department Practice

Approximately 60% of your time will be spent on clinical placement, whereby you will be working a 37.5-hour week as per NHS working patterns. This will be mainly within an operating department where you will experience a wide range of anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic interventions. In addition, you will develop a wider understanding of healthcare and the needs of patients through clinical placements in other settings such as the ward area, A&E, ITU or HDU.

Canterbury Christ Church University