The ODP Zone

The ODP Zone
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In an emergency, I want a nurse… to go and find an ODP

Welcome to our ODP zone, dedicated to our wonderful co-pilots in anaesthesia. We are continuing to build and expand this zone with resources and information to help you get the most out of your education and career.

Considering becoming an ODP?

Here is a useful introduction video from Canterbury Christ Church University

Resources you’ll need for the course


Useful websites

  • HCPC
  • COPD
  • Association for Perioperative Practice
  • Foundations of Operating Department Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Operating Department Practice
  • Introduction to Professional practice
  • Developing Skills in Operating Department Practice
  • Pathophysiology for Operating Department Practice
  • Research for Operating Department Practice
  • Enhancing Operating Department Practice
  • Embedding Professional Practice
  • Leadership in Operating Department Practice
Approximately 60% of your time will be spent on clinical placement, whereby you will be working a 37.5-hour week as per NHS working patterns. This will be mainly within an operating department where you will experience a wide range of anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic interventions. In addition, you will develop a wider understanding of healthcare and the needs of patients through clinical placements in other settings such as the ward area, A&E, ITU or HDU.Canterbury Christ Church University