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Operating Department Practitioner

An Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) supports patients of all ages in the anaesthetic, surgery and recovery stages of an operation.
An Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) is a vital member of the operating theatre team and they have important responsibilities at every stage of an operation. They support patients of all ages in the anaesthetic, surgery and recovery stages of an operation.

As an ODP, you may speak to patients, who may be anxious about their operation and help reassure them, prepare the operating theatre by getting all the equipment ready and making sure the theatre is sterile, provide items and equipment to surgeons whilst an operation is being performed, as well as support and monitor patients as they come around from their anaesthetic.

To find out more about the rewarding role of an ODP, watch this short video produced by NHS Health Careers.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.


As the video discussed, teamwork is an essential skill for an ODP. Can you think of any examples when you have demonstrated excellent teamwork skills? Share your thoughts in the comments area.

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