Operating Department Practice


Two student operating department practitioners prepare an IV solution with a tutor looking on.Our accredited Operating Department Practice (ODP) degree equips you with the expertise required to work in the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of perioperative care as part of a multi-disciplinary operating theatre team.

Operating department practitioners are typically responsible for assisting patients before surgery, preparing specialist equipment and drugs, working alongside the surgeon, providing the correct surgical instruments and materials, and assessing and monitoring patients during recovery.

You can choose to study our ODP degree at the Edge Hill University campus or St James’ in Manchester.


Two student operating department practitioners adjust the dressing of a patient on a hospital trolley.

In addition to the above degrees which enable you to train as an operating department practitioner, we also offer a professional development programme for qualified ODPs.


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.

Open Days

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, if you are considering studying Operating Department Practice in Manchester, you may wish to attend a drop-in afternoon at St James’. You can visit our Oxford Street site, view the clinical skills simulation suite, and chat to current students and tutors to find out more about training to work as an ODP.

View open day dates at Edge Hill University and book your place

View Manchester drop-in afternoon dates and book your place