An insight into Operating Department Practice

The role of an Operating Department Practitioner is vital in health care, supporting not only the patients but also other healthcare professionals in a compassionate manner. Read on to hear about the exciting opportunities available to our students and to take a tour of our excellent facilities.

A student perspective

Thanks to the unmissable opportunities available to our Operating Department Practice students, Megan has gained not only the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career, but also the confidence needed to push herself further.

“The course has exceeded my expectations and opened up so many more opportunities than I ever imagined. Last year, I was proud to represent ODPs on a trip to China to see how they train and deliver healthcare which was fascinating. University is all about discovery. Being at Edge Hill has opened my eyes and given me the confidence to believe I am capable. It can be hard but it’s worth persevering – you never know where it will take you.”

Megan, current BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice student
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ODP student Megan

Train in fantastic facilities

Whether you’re studying at our Ormskirk campus or our Manchester St James, you will have access to our leading edge clinical skills facilities, giving you a safe, practical workspace to practice your skills ready for placements.

Ormskirk campus

The innovative Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre is home to ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

Manchester St James’ campus


Chat to our students

From their go-to study spots on campus, to their favourite places in Ormskirk, chat to our students to find out more about student life at Edge Hill.

Chat to our students

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