Operating department practitioner

Operating department practitioner

Take a lead role in ensuring a patient is safe during each stage of their journey through the operating theatre

An operating department practitioner specialises in the care of people of all ages before, during and after surgery. In this role, you must continually make professional decisions to ensure the patient receives the best care before, during and after their surgery. You’ll also ensure that the operating theatre environment is safe and effective. This will require you to develop expertise in the management of specialist equipment and materials in a highly technical environment. This could include handling surgical instruments, checking anaesthetic equipment, moving patients and giving medication. You’ll need to be able to demonstrate confidence, compassion, competence and effective judgement. On completion of the operating department practitioner apprenticeship, you’ll be able to use evidence-based practice to inform and evaluate the effectiveness of your actions. You’ll also achieve a degree in operating department practice.


Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

Find out more: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk