Placement: Operating Department Practice

Develop the confidence, attitudes and skills you need to work as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in all areas of perioperative care including anaesthesia, surgery and recovery. You’ll also gain the skills required to work in intensive care, A&E, transplants teams or patient transfer teams.

This is an exciting, fast-changing field with opportunities to work all over the world. As an Operating Department Practice (ODP) student you'll be offered a placement with one of our partnership hospitals in Cambridgeshire, Essex, or London:

  • Essex: Colchester, Basildon, Harlow, Southend, Broomfield, Springfield (all theory will be taught at Chelmsford)
  • Cambridgeshire: Addenbrooke's, Hinchingbrooke, Papworth and Peterborough (all theory will be taught at Cambridge)
  • London: Whittington, North Middlesex University Hospital, Newham University Hospital (all theory will be taught at Chelmsford).

All our students will follow a three-year placement schedule for the duration of the course covering the three main areas of theatres, anaesthesia, surgery and recovery, as well as critical care skills.

Placement Overview

The role of the Operating Department Practitioner

Key Placement Information

ODP Placement: Year 1

ODP Placement: Year 2

ODP Placement: Year 3

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