Harry, Trainee Operating Department Practitoner, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Harry is a trainee operating department practitioner (ODP) working in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Before starting the ODP training programme, Harry was a theatre support worker.

ODPs care for patients before, during, and after their surgical procedure.

The Pre-registration Diploma in Operating Practice is a 2-year programme delivered across Scotland in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland.

Hi my name is Harry and I'm a trainee operating department practitioner. An ODP is the patient's advocate throughout the perioperative journey.

I was inspired to become an ODP because I was working with them every day as a healthcare support worker and they have inspired me to pursue the role. I found out about the ODP training programme through my practice educator, who encouraged me to apply.

The diploma in Operating Department Practice is a two-year course leading to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. It's a great mix of practice and theory, with a variety of placement options and different specialties, including anaesthetics, scrub, and recovery.

What I like most is the hands-on patient care. Once I have completed the programme, I will be a registered practitioner and be able to specialise in either anaesthetics, scrub, or recovery.

The advice I would give to someone who's thinking about taking on the ODP training would be do it. It's a fantastic career and there is lots of progression.


Why did you decide to become an operating department practitioner?

I was inspired to become an ODP because I was working with them every day as a healthcare support worker, and they inspired me to pursue the role. I found out about the ODP training programme through my practice educator, who encouraged me to apply.

What is the Diploma in Operating Department Practice like?

The diploma in Operating Department Practice is a 2-year course which leads to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. It's a great mix of practice and theory, with a variety of placement options and different specialties, including anaesthetics, scrub, and recovery.

What do you like most about being a trainee ODP?

What I like most is the hands-on patient care. Once I have completed the programme, I will be a registered practitioner and be able to specialise in either anaesthetics, scrub, or recovery.

What advice would you give to others thinking about becoming an operating department practitioner?

The advice I would give to someone who's thinking about taking on the ODP training would be do it. It's a fantastic career and there is lots of opportunity for progression.

Visit the NHSScotland website to find out more about theĀ ODP training programme.

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