Operating Department Practice


Operating Department Practice student Megan Eastwood stands in her scrubs in a room simulating an operating theatre in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.

Learn to care for patients during anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of theatre with support from experienced practitioners. Edge Hill is home to some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, from mock operating theatres to our 3D immersive simulation suite.

Operating department practitioners are sought after within the UK. Our degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council to give you the practical experience and skills you need. And, thanks to our fantastic network, you’ll spend half your time on placement at NHS trusts and independent organisations.

Support patients at every stage of surgery and become a vital part of the operating theatre team. Designed and delivered by practitioners with a wealth of clinical and academic expertise, this course prepares you to care for patients during anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of theatre practice.

Thanks to our links with the NHS and independent organisations, you’ll spend 50% of your time learning in clinical practice. But before you treat patients, you need experience in a safe environment. Practise your new skills under pressure in our mock operating theatres. Recreate different scenarios in our 3D immersive simulation suite. Treat our human patient simulators which can display a wide range of clinical presentations.

Operating department practitioners are in high demand within the UK, and many of our graduates start work straight away. With a degree accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, you’ll have the skills and mindset for a rewarding career.

  • Half of your time will be spent in clinical practice – you’ll have a range of opportunities to apply your skills on placement in diverse clinical areas.
  • This course has an impressive 100% employment rate (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18). You’ll be ready to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as soon as you’ve finished studying, and able to start working as soon as you’ve gained your registration.
  • Apply theory to practice in our operating theatres with industry standard equipment. Run scenarios that focus on human factors and non-technical skills, including situational awareness, leadership, communication, teamwork and decision-making skills.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons) B991

We also offer a professional development programme for qualified ODPs.

Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Clinical & Professional Perioperative Practice BSc (Hons) Apply Direct

Student Views


Four student operating department practitioners carry out cardiac massage with one student preparing a defibrillator.Whether you choose to study at Edge Hill University or St James’, you will enjoy access to some of the best teaching and learning resources in the country for Operating Department Practice students.

The clinical skills facilities at Edge Hill University include 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.

The facilities at St James’ in Manchester include a mock operating theatre, ambulance simulator and clinical skills stations. A 3D immersive simulation suite enables you to practice clinical scenarios in a realistic, supportive and safe environment.

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine 360 Virtual Tour

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre 360 Virtual Tour

St James’, Manchester

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Open Days and Virtual Events

A prospective student and her father speak with a member of staff during an open day.If you are considering studying at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into the student experience is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

You can tour the campus, including the halls of residence, with a student guide. There will also be opportunities to attend presentations and view subject facilities.

Alternatively, our virtual open day pages offer the chance to discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer and find out more about any subjects of interest, including operating department practice, through a series of online activities.

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