Operating Department Practitioner
When it comes to surgery, Operating Department Practitioners are crucial. They prepare operating theatres and work alongside surgeons and anaesthetists during procedures. In this role you can be posted all over the world and help patients with all kinds of injuries and illnesses. In short you’re a key member of the medical team, helping to save lives.
- Prepare operating theatres before surgery.
- Help military surgeons and anaesthetists during surgery.
- Help with post operative patient care.
- Get a UK recognised Higher Education Diploma in Operating Department Practice.
- Involved in all aspects of care during the immediate pre surgical and anaesthetic phase through recovery.
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. Your initial training will be at either Pirbright or Winchester and last for 14 weeks.
You will complete a 2 year Diploma of Higher Education within Operating Department practice that will give you professional registration with the Health and Care professions Council (HCPC). You will be allocated a mentor at your first unit to support you through your first 12 months as a healthcare professional.
If you are already a qualified ODP, you will progress from initial training to holding the rank of Lance Corporal. You will need to go on a short course to consolidate your professional training within a military environment.
17 years 6 months - 32 years 11 months
88 UCAS points and GCSE Grade C/4 or above in at least Maths, English Language and a Science subject
You must hold professional qualification in Operating Department Practice and be registered with the UK Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) in order to practice.
- Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
- Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
- 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
Earn £15,671 during training. When your training is finished, and you join your unit on a minimum salary of £26,628
How to Apply
Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.