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.