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.


A group of three student operating department practitioners administer CPR to a patient on a trolley with a student adjusting an IV solution.

In addition to the above degree which enables 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.

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 we usually recommend to gain an insight into the student experience is to attend either an open day at Edge Hill University or a drop-in afternoon at St James’ in Manchester.

Our October and November 2020 open days are going virtual. We will ensure that you can still discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer and get answers to all of your questions. You will be able to find out more about operating department practice and the University through a series of online activities.

We are continuing to take bookings for drop-in afternoons at St James’ in Manchester while monitoring government advice regarding events. We will communicate all key information to anyone who books to attend.

Book your place at a virtual open day

View Manchester drop-in afternoon dates and book your place