Operating department practitioner

Army Medical Service

“You become an expert in your field.”

"I work in all three specialities – anaesthetics, surgical and recovery."

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.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
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.

Step 2
STUDENT - 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.

 

DIRECT ENTRY - 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 6 months - 32 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: 

STUDENT - 88 UCAS points and GCSE Grade C/4 or above in at least Maths, English Language and a Science subject

 

DIRECT ENTRY - 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.

FITNESS:
Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

QUALIFICATIONS:

DIRECT ENTRY - Higher Education Diploma in Operating Department Practice

STUDENT - We train our own too. 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 well supported by military and civilian University staff at the Defence School of Healthcare Education within Birmingham City University and will then be employed as an ODP by the Army. After successful completion of your Training you will wear the rank of Acting Lance Corporal. You will be allocated a mentor at your first unit to take you through your 12 month preceptorship, enabling you to rotate around the various clinical theatres to consolidate your ODP training.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £14,931 during training. When your training is finished, and you join your unit on a minimum salary of £26,628

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

“As an Operating Department Practitioner, I work in all three specialities – anaesthetics, surgical and recovery – helping the anaesthetists and surgeons to perform operations on patients. It’s considered a speciality in the Royal Army Medical Corps. We can be posted to Field Hospitals, 16 Medical Regiment and Ministry of Defence Hospital Units. On deployments, our airway management skills are critical. We start with the patient in the Emergency Department, following them through to theatre where we perform life-saving damage control surgery to ensure they are stable enough for onward movement. We have a good rapport with surgeons and anaesthetists.” – Cpl Louis

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You will complete your initial training over 4 weekends at your Unit or a central location found across the UK. If it suits you better, you can condense this into a 1 week training course. 


Step 2
You will then attend a 2 week long training course at an Army Training Centre, these are located across the UK.

 

Step 3 
Once your basic soldiering training is complete, you will move on to do trade specific training with your Unit.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 18 years - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS:

Qualified - Higher Education Diploma in Operating Department Practice

FITNESS:
Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

On successful entry into the Army Medical Services Reserve you will be eligible to apply for funding for Professional Qualifications to help you in your role with the Army Medical Services.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £14,931 during training. When your training is finished, and you join your unit on a minimum salary of £26,628

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

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.