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First Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Apprentice due to complete training

20 May 2024

In honour of National Operating Department Practitioners’ Day on Tuesday 14 May, we’re diving into the theme of the day for 2024: #HiddenNoLonger. 

What does an ODP do? 

Paul Eisenhut, Deputy Theatre Manager says, “ODPS work across three key areas: anaesthetics, surgery and recovery. They are a vital resource in theatres and beyond, they ensure the safe pathway of patients through their operative journey, and are involved in the planning and delivery of patient surgical procedures and other areas of care.”

Operating Department Practitioner Apprentice in theatres at The London Clinic
Ryan McGrory - the soon to be first ODP apprentice from The London Clinic

The London Clinic Operating Department Practice Integrated Apprenticeship


Ryan McGrory, has been sponsored by The London Clinic, so he can attend an ODP course through London South Bank University, whilst receiving a salary, as an apprentice at The London Clinic.

He’s due to complete his three-year Operating Department Practice Integrated Apprenticeship in September, and has this to say of his experience so far:


“Training at The London Clinic as an Operating Department Practitioner Apprentice has been a journey of discovery. I have enjoyed learning about myself as well as learning about the important role of being a competent, caring ODP. I'm grateful for the opportunity I have been given to follow my desired career path.

I know from speaking to my colleagues that we all feel that being an ODP is a very privileged job to have. When you are going to have surgery, it can be one of the most important days in your life and can be a very daunting time for many.

It's a privilege to be there for each patient during this time and it's a great feeling knowing I've played my part in each of their journeys on the path to recovery.”

The Apprenticeship is a degree course in which students receive university and on-the-job training in the scrub, anaesthetic and recovery roles of theatre, enabling them to become fully competent operating department practitioners, an essential role in the modern operating theatre.

Paul Eisenhut says,

“Operating Department Practitioners cannot be valued highly enough and are hugely in demand across all hospitals. It is very exciting that we are meeting this demand by nurturing the next generation of ODPs at the London Clinic and training them to our exacting standards, and those of London South Bank University.


We expect them to emerge as among the best ODPs available and will be a great asset to our theatres in the years to come. We are ensuring that we continue to provide the very best care for our patients.“


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