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Undergraduate Operating Department Practice

Learn to care for patients during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of their journey through the operating 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 (HCPC) 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 private organisations.

Half of your time will be spent in clinical practice, with opportunities to apply your skills on placement.

Our course has an impressive employment rate, and you’ll be eligible to start working as soon as you register with HCPC.

Apply theory to practice in our operating theatres. Run scenarios that focus on human factors and non-technical skills.

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Discover Operating Department Practice at Edge Hill University

Learn to care for patients during anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of theatre with support from experienced practitioners.
ODP student Megan

Many ODPs I worked with had trained at Edge Hill. Their knowledge, professionalism and dedication is a reflection of their training. They were the type of ODP I aspired to be.

Megan Eastwood

BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

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Faye Cody

I loved my placements. My mentors were really supportive and encouraging.

Faye Cody

Operating Department Practice (ODP)

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Whether you choose to study at Edge Hill University or St James’ in Manchester, you’ll 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 mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a high 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

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre