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BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

Excite, develop and retain your future Operating Department Practitioners with our ODP Degree Apprenticeship. A cost-effective way of using the Apprenticeship Levy to develop Healthcare Support Workers to become skilled, knowledgeable and competent registered ODPs.

Operating Department Practitioner Integrated Degree Apprenticeship: Developing registered ODPs for future patient-led care.

Attract new staff or develop existing employees in surgical theatres with our Operating Department Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship. Apprentices study while they work - and immediately put their learning into practice within all areas of the perioperative environment. It's an ideal way to develop the dynamic theatre team you need.

This highly practical course will develop your Health Care Assistant’s clinical skills in live settings. They will learn to take responsibility for a patient’s all-round welfare and assess their journey through the surgical environment. They will learn to work as a safe and competent member of a multidisciplinary theatre team within current legal, ethical and professional boundaries.

The content of the course is aligned to the degree apprenticeship standard’s knowledge, skills and behaviours to ensure your apprentice is able to excel in the ODP role. They will learn flexibly with our team of expert tutors with a blend of face to face, simulated, online and practice-based learning for minimal disruption, yet maximum impact, for your organisation.


We’re delighted to support this innovative development from ARU and are confident that this will be a popular and successful programme. Our experience of ARU healthcare apprenticeships is that staff exit with the quality and diversity of skills and knowledge required for contemporary healthcare practice.
Tony Bottiglieri
Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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